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Kill 22 (?)

Kill 22


A. G. Reyes' film Kill 22 is about a guy named Jimmy who has heard voices ever since he was a kid.  The voices tell him to kill.  He knows that in his life, he will kill a total of 22 people and he knows that the people he kills are evil and that they will deserve to die.  Because he is so good at killing, Jimmy attracts the interest of criminal boss who needs someone to kill a few of his enemies.  Jimmy doesn't want any part of that, but he is convinced to get involved anyway.

Although it's a short film with a total running time of less than 45 minutes, it feels more like a feature film.  Too often, it seems like the filmmakers are more concerned with making their movie long enough to be considered a feature-length film rather than making a movie that flows well.  One of the best things about Kill 22 is the film was edited to work for the story rather than trying to make the movie longer.

Another common problem with no-budget films seems to be the audio.  It's very common to have audio levels that aren't consistent throughout the movie.  In Kill 22, most of the dialog sounds like it wasn't recorded at the time of filming, but in post production instead.  This allows almost all of the dialog to be heard and understood.

I wouldn't say that Kill 22 is the perfect short.  There are still a lot of issues with the quality of the shooting and some of the music is pretty bad.  Also, the acting could have been better.  Most of the dialog feels like it was read off of a piece of paper for the first time as it was recorded.  For the most part, it lacks any kind of emotion.  Still, the story was pretty good and for a no-budget movie, it's really not all that bad.  Unfortunately, I can't find any information about the film online and there doesn't even seem to be a website for the movie.  If anyone knows of a place where the film can be viewed or purchased, please let me know and I will put up a link.

Gore-o-meter rating: 2 out of 5
(there's a fair amount of blood and gore in Kill 22)

Skin-o-meter: 0 out of 5 (there's no nudity in this film)