Kill Speed
Other // R // $14.99 // June 12, 2012
Review by Nick Hartel | posted July 7, 2012
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THE PROGRAM

Let's get through this as quickly as possible. "Kill Speed" is a colossal waste of time, don't let the concept, which sounds intriguing on paper fool you, there's a solid reason this 2010 produced film is just now quietly and feebly appearing on DVD. A bizarre amalgamation of action movie clichés, "Kill Speed" asks viewers to suspend disbelief and get behind Strayger (Andrew Keegan) the leader of the film's "heroes" which happen to be hotshot pilots running shipments of methamphetamine across the border for a Mexican cartel. If that plot is hard to comprehend, fear not, for "Kill Speed" takes every second of its nearly 70-minute first act to drive this point home.

"Kill Speed" marks the fourth directorial outing for Kim Bass, who was a regular writer on "In Living Color" and creator of "Keenan & Kel." As good as both of those series' were, "Kill Speed" is every bit as awful. Bass who also penned the script for the film has his characters continually spouting bland exposition in disinterested tones only broken up by the occasional raised voice to indicate a sense of urgency. Truth be told, the less said about the performances in the film, the better; the bottom line is the cast assembled either is incapable of acting adequately or just doesn't care about the material and is phoning in an easy payday. Complicating this fact is "Kill Speed's" completely oblivious sense of pacing. As noted previously, the first act of the movie runs for about 70-minutes; then Bass flips things completely around and rushes through the second act for a finale that is still too long, but slightly more tolerable.

The one saving grace of the film, is the mildly exciting aerial stunt work. The film purportedly features practical stunt work when it comes to the plane sequences and if one can disconnect from the boneheaded dialogue that keeps these sequences moving forward, "Kill Speed" does offer a few brief moments of enjoyment. Unfortunately, the rest of the film is just plain bad and it never rises above being a cornucopia of bad clichés, poor production design, and barely passable performances. There's not a single valid reason this movie should have run close to two-hours; at best it could have been adapted to fill the role of a mediocre episode of a TV series like the new "Hawaii Five-O," or being generous a two-parter. At the end of the day, "Kill Speed" is just plain boring and insulting.







THE DVD

The Video

The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is a gaudy mess of entirely too hot color levels, minor artifacting and edge-enhancement. The film features inconsistent levels of digital noise/grain that firmly remove the film from contention of looking like anything but a low-budget TV episode. Contrast levels and detail fair slightly better but are still firmly planed in a category of average.

The Audio

The Dolby Digital English 5.1 audio track is considerably flat, with little dynamic range. The dialogue sounds incredibly removed at times from the film, possibly due to some terrible ADR work or just a flat out poor mix. An English 2.0 track is also included as well as English SDH and Spanish subtitles.

The Extras

None.

Final Thoughts

Boring, tedious, and stupid, "Kill Speed" features nary a redeeming attribute. Chances are almost any similar film that's 30 minutes shorter will prove more entertaining than this excruciating waste of time. Skip It.



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