DVD Review: AGE OF KILL

AGE OF KILL was directed by Neil Jones from a screenplay by Simon Cluett and stars Martin Kemp, Patrick Bergin, April Pearson, Nick Moran, Anouska Mond, Bruce Payne, Dexter Fletcher  and Philip Davis. 

Age of Kill follws a special ops sniper forced to assassinate six targets in six hours on the streets of London in order to win back his kidnapped daughter from a psychotic terrorist known as “Jericho.” This black ops sniper is blackmailed by the psychotic international terrorist into killing six unrelated people in six hours… but there is more to the victims than meets the eye.

The movie follows Sam Blake (Martin Kemp), a black ops sniper who is tasked with assassinating these six people in six hours or this mysterious terrorist will kill his daughter. Sam isn’t a good man and has done some terrible things in his line of work but he’s a good father and will do anything to save her from this sinister manipulator. The accidental hero is tasked at taking out each target that gets him one step closer to his daughter with each person he exterminates but the clock isn’t on his side. He ends up getting a little extra help in his journey and is able to come up with a plan that allows him to surprise the kidnapper and ultimately save his daughter. Yes, he and the terrorist have a dark past together and now their paths have crossed again. In the end, Sam does end up saving his daughter but it comes with a huge sacrifice.

Okay, Age of Kill is just another action-thriller that rehashes a familiar theme and unfortunately it’s nothing really special. Simply put, it’s a race against the clock or you lose and we’ve seen this dozens of times in other movies! I will add that the movie does deal with some hot topics like prejudice and terrorism almost like it was all ripped right out of today’s headlines. I guess the best part of the movie to me is the talented cast assembled because we get Martin Kemp, Bruce Payne and Patrick Bergin all in one movie and that’s pretty neat for movie buffs. By the way, as cool as the character is that Martin Kemp plays, Patrick Bergin’s character is just the opposite and he always nails it as the antagonist of a story. There’s also Anouska Mond and April Pearson who gives the movie some much needed eye candy, otherwise Age of Kill would be on testosterone overload.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The DVD disc is chrome and only features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Age of Kill was an okay action-thriller but nothing really special as far as these kind of movies go. The story was okay but it just felt like a rehash of a number of other action-thrillers that have been released over the years. You know, the whole “race against the clock or your loved one dies” kind of thing. I will add that Martin Kemp plays this smooth black ops sniper just right because this character is a professional and never loses his cool. The movie also features a few action scenes that include some fights, gun fire and explosions and it all looks pretty cool for a low budget actioneer like this. Neil Jones did a good job directing because the movie never stalls from beginning to end and that’s one of the few positive things about it. Age of Kill is now available on DVD and is a good enough movie for a one time watch.

Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: N/A

 

 

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