Review of the Most Disturbing Film at Sundance - KILLERS
Killers turned out to be the darkest most brutal movie that I saw at Sundance. It is a really well made film, but damn... It's one of those movies that are kind of uncomfortable to watch, and you see things that cannot be unseen. It was was insanely violent and bloody, but that wasn't really what made it so brutal. It was the nature in which the violence was inflicted.
The story focuses on a serial killer named Mr. Nomura, who films himself killing the women that he lures to his home. He then posts them on a website were people can watch these live killings. There is another character in the film named Bayu that watches this killer's work. He is going through some hard times of his own with his job and family. He finds himself the victim of a robbery, but in the process, he kills the two men that tried to rob him, and then is prompted to film the aftermath of it and posts it on the website for others to watch. Nomura sees this and reaches out to Bayu to guide him in the right direction. He wants the Bayu to realize his full potential as a serial killer. The deeper it goes, though, the more he starts to feel uncomfortable and realize that maybe this isn't the life for him. Some of his past mistakes catch up with him, and from there things get very out of control.
There are bad things happening all around in this movie! I don't think there are any redeeming values to this film. It's just a dark nightmarish real-life set horror film. It deals with a world I hope I never cross paths with in real life. There's nothing I can really say about this film that will give you any idea of how jacked up it really is. It's just one of those movies you would have to see for yourself, if you think you can handle it.
Even after the audience was warned how brutal the movie was during its introduction, people still got up and walked out of the theater. One guy as he walked out yelled how much of an horribly awful it was, and then sarcastically thanked Sundance for such a piece of crap.
That being said, the story, the acting, the script were all fantastic. It was just the content and subject matter of the film that was incredibly disturbing. I don't know many people that I would recommend a movie like this to, but there is an audience. As I was walking out of the theater, there was a group of teenagers in front of me discussing the movie. One told his friends, "I actually loved the movie. It was so good, but maybe that's because I want to be a serial killer when I grow up." Yikes!
The movie was directed by The Mo Brothers and stars Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya, and Ray Sahetapy.
Mr. Nomura is an eerily handsome, sharply dressed, sociopathic serial killer who preys on the women of Tokyo. In Jakarta, a world-weary journalist named Bayu finds himself unexpectedly falling into vigilantism after brutally killing two sadistic robbers. When each posts videos of his violent sprees online, the pair find one another on the Internet and begin a toxic and competitive duel. While Bayu clings to the hope that he can resume a normal life, Nomura continues to spill blood without remorse. Killing, advises Nomura, is something everyone ought to consider.