68 Kill (2017)

68 Kill
Director: Trent Haaga
Writer: Trent Haaga, Bryan Smith
Cast: Matthew Gray GublerAnnaLynne McCordAlisha BoeSheila VandSam EidsonEric PodnarLucy FaustHallie Grace Bradley
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 27.9.2017
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Plot:
Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) has been dating Liza (AnnaLynne McCord) for a while, despite her being more than he can handle, really. One night, Liza brings the unsuspecting Chip to a robbery. She had a good plan but things start to get wrong and soon Chip finds himself trapped in the worst night of his life as he tries to find a way to survive the night and not get anybody else killed either.

I really wanted to like 68 Kill and it starts off well enough, but the longer it went on the more I started to hate it and its absolutely toxic take on both women and masculinity.

[SPOILERS]

The women in this film are pretty much evil personified, abusive, manipulative and downright brutal. There is one exception that Chip meets in the course of the night: Violet (Alisha Boe) who is perfectly sweet (to Chip at least) and wants him to be his own person and not her servant. So of course she is fridged in the course of the film.

But even more appallingly than the treatment of women in the film is its take on masculinity. Men here are weaklings controlled by their dicks and the only way to get them to “man up” – as exemplified by Chip – is to practically beat them into toxic masculinity because a soft man isn’t a man at all.

Plus the film – meant to be a comedy – disturbs its own tone by a lenghty torture scene that was way too heavy for a film that’s supposed to make you laugh. And of course, there’s a rape scene because ha ha it’s so funny when a man is forced to have sex, my sides hurt I’m laughing so much.

The cast was good and at least it’s well-paced enough that it is never boring. But the longer it went on and the more I thought about it the more my disdain of the film’s take on pretty much everything grew. And that’s really not fun at all.

Summarizing: No. Really not.

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