Blu-ray Review: KILL SWITCH

KILL SWITCH (fka Redivider) was directed by Tim Smit from a screenplay by Charlie Kindinger and Omid Nooshinand and stars Dan Stevens, Bérénice Marlohe,  Tygo Gernandt, Charity Wakefield, Mike Reus and Mike Libanon.

Worlds collide when a pilot battles to save his family and the earth after an experiment for unlimited energy goes wrong. In the future world, a physicist’s experiment to harness unlimited energy goes wrong. Chased by drones and soldiers, Will Porter must race through an imploding world and retrieve the Redivider box to save his family — and all of humanity! See what happens when the technology designed to save humanity threatens to destroy it.

The movie follows Will Porter (Dan Stevens) who is brought in to try and correct the wrongs of a military experiment that has the potential to not only destroy his family but the entire world. The company he works for has developed an entirely new energy source but the big question is, where is the energy coming from? They quickly find out that it’s unstable and something has to be done about it. Will finds out first hand when he makes a jump into a mirrored reality (another earth) where he has to plug in this Redivider box that has a Kill Switch to turn off the power source. But getting there is half the battle.

Will meets up with a few allies to help him with his dangerous task but they have to go up against an army of flying drones, paranoid rebel forces and even an evil scientist and his henchmen along the way. It’s a race against the clock for the hero and his new allies who continuously come across these obstacles as they try to reach their goal. Will ultimately makes it to his destination and is able to activate the Kill Switch but it also comes with a major sacrifice. In the end, Will ultimately completes his dangerous mission and is able to save his family and the entire world from certain destruction.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Kill Switch was an okay watch but it had potential to be so much better. Hardcore Henry featured some impressive video-game inspired visual effects and Kill Switch also does this extremely well and maybe even better to a certain degree. There’s even some fantastic action scenes mixed in with those heavy visual effects in the movie. So what went wrong? Well, this was the directorial debut for Tim Smit so maybe we can chalk this one up as a learning experience instead of a complete failure. The story was interesting and it dealt with humanity trying to come up with an alternate power source but it came with some destructive consequences. Dan Stevens also did a really good job with his character as well as the supporting cast. I think it all boils down to how some of the scenes stalled and how the movie itself got a little too complicated at times and will leave the viewers scratching their heads. Still, Kill Switch is okay for a one time watch simply because of those awesome action scenes and impressive visual effects. The sci-fi thriller arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on August 22nd.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a VFX featurette, some audio commentary and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “The Visual Effect: Inside the Director’s Process” Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Director Tim Smit
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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