Cinematic hit men are dual-edged characters who can easily slip into the role of hero or villain making them an attractive proposition for directors looking to pack an emotional punch. YOU KILL ME stars Ben Kingsley (SEXY BEAST) as Frank Falenczyk a hit man whose work for the Buffalo-based Mafia has been hampered by his hopeless alcoholism. Director John Dahl (THE LAST SEDUCTION) sends his lead character off to San Francisco where Alcoholics Anonymous awaits as does Dave (Bill Pullman) who helps Frank get an apartment and a job in a mortuary. The job introduces Frank to Laurel (Taa Leoni) whom he begins a relationship with while occasionally falling off the wagon and attending AA meetings. Luke Wilson makes an appearance as a fellow alcoholic who mentors Frank through the program. BR BR BR YOU KILL ME is a wonderful return to form for Dahl who has struggled to build on his early noir-inflected career. Kingsley is as reliable as ever in the central role and he demonstrates an impressive array of emotions as the film progresses. Credit is also due to co-screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely who deliver a tight and hugely enjoyable plot while also adding generous doses of dark humour throughout. Intelligent and fun YOU KILL ME is likely to gain a strong word-of-mouth reputation as viewers are lured into its fold.
Release Date: 14 April 2008
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 89 minutes
Production Year: 2007
Main Language: English