Raimund Huber loves to make films that outright steal ideas and premises that make other films work. In Freerunner, which Huber wrote, he borrowed heavily from Kinji Fukusaku’s Battle Royale, to make an entertaining, yet mindless, parkour action film. With his latest film, Kill ‘Em All, Huber manages to take the situation of Saw, mixed with a bit of Game of Death to create a very poor film, that is only slightly saved by its action choreography and its cast. Assassins from all over the world happen to get kidnapped, when each of them are doing jobs in Bangkok. Whether they were gassed, drugged or just knocked out by someone, they each wake up in a dark and cold room with one another. They are given various tasks that pit them against each other, by a man that keeps an eye on them through a camera. It eventually gets to the point where the assassins are sick of killing one another and decide to go after the man that has imprisoned them.
There are only two things going for Kill ‘Em All and those are its cast and its fight choreography. The cast is filled with the likes of Gordon Liu, Ammara Siripong, Tim Man and plenty of other talented martial artists that do a great job at bringing screen presence, in doing what they do best. The other thing is the choreography that was done by Tim Man himself, that leads to some pretty well done fights. Everything else about this movie is just flat out bad, especially the poor execution of the script and story. In most cases, I’d be able to just shut my brain off and just enjoy the action and the film for what it is, but when logic is thrown out the window, I just snap out of it and I can’t help but pay attention to the bad stuff. There’s a point near the end of the film where we get a bit of backstory on Siripong’s character and how there’s motivation for her to defeat the villain, but it just comes out of left field and done is in a terrible voice over, that I can’t help but feel that this was Ken Miller’s poor execution as a writer to just shoehorn something in, for the story to make some sense.
The Blu-Ray of Kill ‘Em All from Well Go USA sports an okay video track, a solid audio track and pretty much zilch for extras. The video is presented in a 1080p, AVC encoded HD track, with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The film was shot on HD video and looks really good in the beginning of the film. There’s some really nice time lapses and some fantastic shots of Bangkok that do the film some justice. Once we get into the heart of the movie, in the dark and murky corridors of where the contestants are being held, the film pretty much nose dives and begins to look like video. The audio on the Blu-Ray is presented in 2 English tracks, a 2.0 Dolby Digital track and a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The film makes some great use of sound during the action scenes and does an incredible job at being clear and dynamic in the DTS track. The only extra that exists on the disc is just a trailer for the film.
If Kill ‘Em All had a better script and a solid story to tell, it would have made a much better use of its cast and their talent. What we’re left with is an action film that is just flat out a waste of time and an execution of premises that have been done much better in other films.