It seemed like there was a time where every movie released in theaters didn’t need to be an uber super budgeted film. A time where you could go to the video store and get awesome beat ‘em ups for a Friday night at the house. Kill Order harkens back to those simpler times, where folks just got knocked the f’ out for viewers entertainment.
Written and directed by Justin Mark (Jumper), Kill Order is a super powered martial arts movie that shouldn’t be missed, if you love kick butt action. The story follows a fractured protagonist named David (Chris Mark) as he tries to grapple with a series of nightmares/ daydreams which seem to be driving him crazy. In these flashbacks we see him in a white room being subjected to god knows what by scientists and orderlies, rounded out with the visage of some sort of demonic entity haunting him.
So for a while as a viewer you might start getting sci-fi/horror shades of Firestarter, but when the action begins, other more action/ martial arts focused films start to crop up. The basic gist of the film follows David as he tries to deal with shadowy organizations vying to control him, burgeoning super abilities, and figuring out who he truly is. Mark’s portrayal as David is spot on as a confused teen dealing with the world falling down around him. Add to this his extensive background as a stunt performer, and Mark pretty much steal’s the movie as its main lead.
In an entertainment landscape where super powered heroics are on constant display, whether it be in film or on television, its great to see a fresh take on the genre such as in Kill Order. Without giving away too many spoilers the source of the super powered martial arts action in the movie works really well, leaving the door open to future installments. Speaking of action……
The action in this movie KICKS BUTT. There aren’t any atrocious quick cuts hiding the well-paced, and superemely choreographed fight scenes. Everyone in this movie who appears in many of these fight scenes appear to be seasoned fighters, and it shows. Some of my favorite scenes of kicking butt include David’s battle against his superpowered attackers early on in his apartment, and later in the park.
With a little dash of Universal Soldier, The Matrix, and Chronicle thrown in for good measure, give Kill Order a shot if you’re looking for a solid sci-fi/ martial arts film.
Available on VOD, Digital HD and DVD on February 6, 2018
Robert Jeffrey II is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as UVC Magazine, JaDore Magazine, BlackSci-Fi.com, and The Atlanta Voice Newspaper.He was chosen as a participant in the DC Comics Class of 2017 Writers Workshop . He is a regular contributor for the Tessera Guild, and his comic book work includes client work for the Centers for Disease Control, and Nitto Tires. His comic book writing includes work on such award winning/ nominated series as his creator owned series Route 3, Radio Free Amerika, Terminus Team-Up, and Soul of Suw. He’s yet to fulfill his dream of pop-locking to save a community center.