68 Kill is based on the novel by Bryan Smith. The movie was written and directed by Trent Haaga and stars Matthew Gray Gubler, AnnaLynne McCord, Alisha Boe, Sheila Vand, Lucy Faust, Peter James and Eric Podnar.
Trailer-dwelling, sewage-pumping Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) may not lead the most glamorous life, but he’s got one thing going for him: he’s head over heels infatuated with his girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord). He’s more than willing to overlook her wild streak — the fact that she’s hooking up with their landlord, her rather extreme mood swings — so when she proposes a plot to steal $68,000, he goes along with the plan. But what was supposed to be a simple heist turns into an off-the-rails, blood- spattered crime spree, and Chip learns the hard way just how deranged the love of his life really is.
The movie centers around Chip who doesn’t have much of a backbone when it comes to confrontations and ultimatums so he’s always forced into doing whatever the other person wants to do. Simply put, he doesn’t have the testicular fortitude when the time call for it. In this case it’s Liza who wants to steal $68,000 and she kind of forces Chip to be her partner in crime. Let’s just say he has a hard time saying no to a pretty girl. Anyway, things don’t go quite as they had planned even though they do get the money but Chip ends up discovering a side of Liza that he didn’t know existed – an extremely violent side.
This is also where Violet (Alisha Boe) comes into play and she sort of becomes a thorn in Liza’s side during this messed up psychotic adventure. So now the heist turns into an insane road trip from hell as more deranged characters are introduced into the mix, and as Chip’s story plays out and the body count rises, he slowly transforms into a man who has simply had enough and is finally able to stand up for himself. Even though he really wasn’t a willing participant in the crime at the beginning, this wild experience has served as a journey of self discovery for Chip and in the end he transforms into a changed man who is able to stand up for himself and just say no.
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 reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie credits. Each disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.
Bottom line is, 68 Kill doesn’t seem fit into one particular genre because it’s a movie that’s loaded to the max with a little bit of everything. It’s full of unapologetically twisted humor with some sick-ass blood and gore that’s topped off by some sex appeal. There’s also this amazing cast that delivered some insanely fun performances with AnnaLynne McCord and Matthew Gray Gubler as the two lead characters that are complete polar opposites from one another even though they’re together. You know what they say, opposites attract. Right? All of this is complimented nicely by Trent Haaga and his viciously entertaining imagination. Haaga is probably best known for his writing and acting but he has stepped behind the camera a few times over the years (check out Chop from 2011) and has delivered something really exciting on each occasion. He has his own unique style of storytelling and 68 Kill is easily one of his best outings to date. Everything about this movie is a no-holds-barred roller coaster ride from beginning to end and it’s destined to hit cult classic status as it ages. 68 Kill will be available on a Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack on January 9th and is a must watch.
Distributor: Scream Factory and IFC Midnight
Run Time: 96 Minutes
Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0
DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)
DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
- Trailer (01:49)