Plot: What’s it about?
There was a time I’d get really excited to see a movie starring Bruce Willis. Oh, how times have changed. It really seems that stars don’t sell the movies like the once did. While Willis has had plenty of theatrical releases, nowadays most of his work is straight to home video. The same can be said of Nicolas Cage as well. The list goes on and on, but I do wonder what attracts Bruce Willis to many of these projects. Clearly, the man doesn’t need the money, and surely he has some pull to seek out better scripts. I can overanalyze his career decisions all day, but my goal here is to provide a review of the film at hand. To be fair, First Kill might’ve sounded promising on paper, but boy is the execution lacking here. Really, Willis is given more of a supporting role here, but he does nothing to help this lame film. I honestly don’t think there was much salvaging it at all. Read on.
Will (Hayden Christensen) works hard and has little time to spend with his family. His son has been bullied at school, so Will decides maybe it’s best to spend some one on one time with him. His son Danny (Ty Shelton) and he go deer hunting one day. There’s a stranger encounter between Will’s family and a town sheriff, Marvin Howell (Bruce Willis). He warns them about some trouble that’s put the town on edge. Still, there’s something a little off about Howell, but the family continue on their way. Will and Danny stumble upon a man named Levi (Gethin Anthony) and eventually he kidnaps Danny as collateral to find a key Levi is looking for. There are some more twists and turns in the story, but most you can see coming a mile away. What you may or may not see coming, however, is the sheer boredom that comes with the film. I just couldn’t care about a single thing going on here. With weak acting from the leads and an uninteresting plot, we just sit and wait for First Kill to end. It’s a lousy film that isn’t worth your time.
Video: How’s it look?
We get a solid transfer here that’s only problematic due to some dark lit scenes. Nothing becomes a major issue, but it was a bit hard to see what’s going on at times. The print was fine and colors seemed accurate. The image is AVC encoded with a 2.40:1 ratio. Fans will enjoy it, if there are any out there.
Audio: How’s it sound?
The DTS HD track is about as I expected, which is a good thing. There are some big action scenes that put it to work, but the vocals are fine as well. There’s a good balance to everything here. All things considered, this track will please the fans.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- Director’s Commentary – I’ll be honest here, there wasn’t a lot motivating me to listen to a commentary track to a movie which I barely made it through the first time. I did listen to parts and it’s nice to have this included and fans (assuming there are some out there) will enjoy its inclusion.
- Deleted Scenes – A few of these are a bit interesting, but I don’t think any number of deleted or extended scenes could have saved this one.
- Behind the Scenes of First Kill – Do we really need to say what this is? Interviews with the cast and crew all touting the film as well as some behind the scenes footage.
- Extended Cast/Crew Interviews – Essentially the same as above, minus the behind the scenes footage.
The Bottom Line
First Kill is just lame. It’s clearly a paid vacation for Willis who sleepwalks through the role. It was nearly impossible for me to become invested with anything here. Just skip it.