Kill Order is an indie scifi thriller that draws upon several familiar scenarios and twists several of them to create an action-adventure roller coaster with potential. The action sequences and fight scenes are wonderful, but the story itself takes almost too long to come together and become engaging for the viewer.
The premise is that David is a troubled high school boy, plagued with nightmares and struggling to maintain a normal life of school and friends, and following his uncle’s guidance. That world is almost too quickly thrown out the window when an armed team of soldiers assaults the school seeking out David for reasons as yet unknown.
From there, several elements confuse the story line, but we learn that David’s been experimented on, and his placement in a school to experience a “normal” life is also an experiment, one that’s supposed to be secret from the other text subjects going through similar training and enhancements.
We then follow David as he fights to stay free from the forces pursuing him, and to figure out what his enhanced abilities truly mean. Eventually, we learn about the larger plot behind the experiments, and how David is one key to either a solution to an energy problem, or a means to bring about the end of the world.
The story overall is muddled and character motivations a bit muddled until very nearly the end, when several pieces come together to make the story clearer, and lays out a neat path to sequels. The biggest downside is that it takes almost too long to get there, but the fight scenes along the way are entertaining and joyful to watch.
Without going into spoilers, the story line includes elements from both The One, and peripherally Charlie Jade, and the path towards the sequels is apparent and intriguing, which makes me curious enough to want to check it out when it’s released.
And be sure to check out the Slice of SciFi interview with star and fight coordinator Chris Mark
Rating: 2.5 stars
Chaos erupts when a group of armed men break into a high school classroom. They target David, a quiet kid who secretly suffers from unexplained memories of a horrifying past. Tapping into a previously unknown strength, David fights off his attackers and goes on the run. With his life and the lives of his loved ones in jeopardy, David must master the use of his new superhuman strength and fighting skills to find the people responsible and get his revenge.
Cast: Chris Mark, Daniel Park, Denis Akiyama, Melee Hutton, Jessica Clement, Jason Gosbee, Reuben Langdon and Alain Moussi
Written and directed by James Mark