Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.
Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.
The Crich tourist character played by Tony Way is seen eating a Cornetto. The film was executive produced by Edgar Wright who directed the films, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End, AKA, the Cornetto Trilogy. See more »
Early in the film, when Tina's hair is being brushed by her mother, there is a cut to Tina with her mother visible behind her. Although we can hear her talking, her mouth is shut. Out of sync audio/visuals are a trademark of director Ben Wheatley's editing style (see also: Kill List) See more »
Mum? Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. You all right?
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Enjoyable (jet) black comedy with a disappointing ending.
I enjoyed this for the most part. It has moments of humour that everyone will chuckle at as well as some moments that only people with the darkest, driest sense of humour will understand.
It would be easy to assume this is similar in tone to Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, but it isn't. It has an extremely dark, uncomfortable atmosphere almost throughout and this will put some people off. I feel if this film were any longer it would be hard to sit through.
Two things that put me off slightly was the hand-held camera work. It depleted the sense of isolation in some scenes and would have been more effective if the camera was locked down. Another thing was the ending. Without giving anything away, the ending was lazy on the writers' part and made almost no sense.
All in all though, I would recommend this film to anyone who gets British humour and likes quirky, dark comedy.
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