Good audio and video quality and a decently entertaining story aren’t enough to warrant more than a rental of the Kill Switch Blu-ray release.
Set in a near future where the world’s energy needs have far exceeded its capacities, physicist Will Porter ( Dan Stevens) leads a team to create an amazing device that seems to hold the solution to their power problems. The promise of an unlimited energy source, however, comes with a much higher cost than anyone could have imagined – leaving Will (and everyone on the planet) in a fight for the very existence of their universe.
Kill Switch takes quite a few notes from 2016’s Hardcore Henry, using the same “first-person” camera technology at several points throughout the film, and most of the time it does it very well. The use of “heads-up-display” overlays allows for some interesting tidbit into the world that the film creates and there are some pretty intense action scenes in this perspective. However, the action never really reaches the pitched level of intensity that Henry does and ends up missing some great opportunities by having Will looking in the complete opposite direction.
Kill Switch is a dimension-jumping, sci-fi action film with some cool visuals and a decent story concept, unfortunately, the wonky pacing and glaring plot holes keep it from being much more than solidly average.
- “The Visual Effect: Inside the Director’s Process” Featurette – a less than 5-minute look at storyboarding and production design. A few interesting tidbits here, but it doesn’t really cover much of the interesting technical point that would have made it an intriguing watch.
- Audio Commentary with Director Tim Smit – a pretty standard director’s commentary. A few interesting things here or there but nothing to write home about.
Kill Switch (2017)
Kill Switch is an interesting enough film, even if it doesn’t bring anything new to the table , but the lack of great special features make the Blu-ray sub-par overall. Worth a rental, but probably not a purchase unless you REALLY like the movie.
Rated R for language and some violence
Directed by: Tim Smit
Written by: Charlie Kindinger, Omid Nooshin
Starring: Dan Stevens, Bérénice Marlohe, Tygo Gernandt
Theatrical Release Date: June 16, 2017 (USA)
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date: August 22, 2017 (USA)