Having an addiction makes your life undoubtedly harder. Not only physically but also mentally. Whether it’s alcohol, drugs or… killings. Yep, you’ve read it correctly. Killings!
In his latest movie, director Martin Owen (“Let’s Be Evil”, “L.A. Slasher”) opens the doors for all people who are struggling with their killing addiction and who are looking for help. Sadly, watching this film won’t make you feel any better. On the contrary…
Welcome to Killers Anonymous. A group where killers can come together to talk about their (addiction to) killings and to ask for advice. Just like that regular AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), the Killers Anonymous can be found all over the world.
The Los Angeles branch is being led by “The Man” (Gary Oldman) while the sessions in London are chaired regularly by Joanna (MyAnna Buring). However, is it really that sensible to provide ferocious killers anonymity, protection and a place where they can share their thoughts? No, absolutely not! Can they keep their urges under control and turn the support group into a safe home or will they draw their weapons and knives?
This film is almost as ridiculous as starting a group like Killers Anonymous itself. During one of those meetings, there’s the need for serenity, respect, and tranquility while murdering is the total opposite.
Sadly, in “Killers Anonymous”, both the quiet scenes as well as the more explosive ones aren’t flawlessly brought to life. The stories that are being told during a support group are emotional, gripping and very personal.
Well, the stories from the participants in “Killers Anonymous” are everything but that. They’re flat, have almost no substance and don’t move you in any way. There’s a total lack of a much-needed personal connection.
During the fighting, shooting and brutal scenes, the action is either underplayed or overplayed which makes them unbelievable (and not in the good sense of the word). Director Owen and his team are trying to hide some unexpected twist in this movie but those don’t have the desired effect at all.
Gary Oldman, Jessica Alba. Tommy Flanagan. As a filmmaker, you can only be delighted when you can count on a cast like that. What a shame that all that talent completely vanished in the dull, uninspiring and incoherent film. It’s always a joy to see Oldman (“Darkest Hour”, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard“) on screen but even this Academy-Award winning actor can’t keep this film afloat.
She’s gracing the film poster as the rough-though woman who can stand her ground in a rough world full of man and ever during the trailer is Jessica Alba (“The Veil”, ” one of the key figures.
However, almost all of her scenes can be seen in the trailer so don’t expect much of Alba during the film. One of her scenes could be the tensest, most intriguing and captivating one… if the filmmakers didn’t put the opening credits over it.
It’s clear that there’s a lot of potential for strong female characters in “Killers Anonymous” as not only Alba is portraying a serial killer but also MyAnna Buring (“Official Secrets”, “The Comedian’s Guide to Survival”) as Joanna, Suki Waterhouse (“Bittersweet Symphony”, “Pokémon Detective Pikachu“) as Violet and Elizabeth Morris (“Let’s Be Evil”, “L.A. Slasher”) as Krystal are showing us their bad-ass side. However, there’s absolutely nothing strong about the way the characters are written as they could use a lot more punch, personality, and depth.
“Killers Anonymous” starts very promisingly as it has that Quentin Tarantino-esque vibe but that fades away almost instantly. The initial story for this film might have been an original one with some potential but there’s absolutely no passion, dedication, and creativity when it comes to the execution of it. Not even A-list stars such as Gary Oldman, Jessica Alba, and Tommy Flanagan can save this film.
“Killers Anonymous” is out now in UK Cinemas and is also available via Digital Download, DVD and Blu-ray. Read our alternative review of Killers Anonymous here.
26th August 2019
THE QUICK SELL
A support group of killers is held regularly. The participants sit in a circle of trust and share their transgressions.