Kill Speed (2010) starring Andrew Keegan, Brandon Quinn, Natalia Cigliuti, Nick Carter, Reno Wilson, Greg Grunberg, Christian Monzon directed by Kim Bass - movie review on The Movie Scene

Kill Speed (2010)   2/52/52/52/52/5


Andrew Keegan in Kill Speed (2010)

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Sean Strayger (Andrew Keegan - 10 Things I Hate About You) and his friends are drug runners who use their private planes to transport drugs across the Mexican border for drug baron Escondido (Christian Monzon). But their operation hasn't gone unnoticed as the FBI set their sights on ripping Escondido's business apart. Whilst Strayger and his friends manage to keep ahead of the FBI things start to take a turn for the worse when Strayger falls for the mysterious Rosanna (Natalia Cigliuti) leading to tension between him and his friends.

Okay I am kind of confused by what "Kill Speed" is or is trying to be. Now the opening scene involves Tom Arnold as some sort of drugs manufacturer and it has the typical Arnold style humour as he shoots his girlfriend and says "sorry honey". But then we get a more serious scene involving Keegan and his friends picking up drugs and whilst not a great scene it has action and tries to be tense. Yet that is then followed by another scene with humorous influences from a fighter pilot eating a burger whilst flying to one of the characters acting all street and coming across as a dick. It basically leaves me conflicted because if it was purely going for comedy it would be fine but then when it tries to do something a bit more serious it makes it strange.

Natalia Cigliuti in Kill Speed (2010)

Okay the shifting tone is not the movies only issue as the dialogue is also an issue with some terrible lines. I am not just on about the intentionally humorous lines but those lines which are supposed to be serious but end up cheesy. Again the dialogue suffers from the conflict of humour and drama.

Now I could go on but I know that everything about this movie struggles because of that conflict between trying to be funny then serious be it the action or the acting. But what I will say is that what "Kill Speed" wants to be and that is "The Fast and the Furious" but with planes but also with the humour of the "Italian Job" remake but done with the humorous style of a "Scary Movie" with comical characters.

What this all boils down to is that "Kill Speed" as finished product doesn't work and goes on to long. But it is an interesting idea which with a bit more refinement when it came to the humour could have worked.


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