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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 05.04.17] Netherlands scifi action

Dan Stevens is definitely having a moment. The "Downton Abbey" star had been a familiar commodity since before his time on the period drama but that show really landed him on the map. Not long after leaving the show he came out swinging for the genre fences with a memorable turn in Adam Wingard's The Guest and he's been popping up everywhere since then.

One of the many projects on his docket is Kill Switch (not to be confused with the Steven Seagal masterpiece of the same name), the directorial debut of VFX artist Tim Smit.

The sci-fi actioner stars Stevens as Will Porter, a pilot who fights to save his family after an experiment to create unlimited energy goes wrong. If you managed to get any of that plotting from the trailer, you're definitely reading some subliminal messages.

The first trailer for the movie focuses heavily on the visual effects and though they're good, they're not exactly mind blowing and the fact the marketing is kicking off with a focus on the visuals rather than the story is not exactly a ringing endorsement. That said, I like Stevens and am willing to give this one a go based on his involvement alone. Hopefully, the gamble will pay off.

Kill Switch opens June 16.

Recommended Release: The Guest

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Merzmensch kosmopol (4 years ago) Reply

Aren't the guys behind that mysterious ARGisch video "What's in the Box" not responsible for video effects here?
That means a lot of years of work.

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