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Killing Diaz

2nd January 2020

It’s morning, some normal, drunk wastrels wake up from a night of debauchery, there’s a bit of an awkward moment where Jo (Adam Brooks) is told to pack up and sling his hook, then bam, the men are suddenly dressed as female versions of themselves.

Why? Well, there is no reason except to give the movie a bit of an edge and it’s just this edge that tips it over into ‘worth-watching’.

The story-line is pretty basic; Jo and Diaz (Krysta Rodriguez) have a romantic encounter, I use the word romantic loosely; it’s about as romantic as being slapped in the face with a three week old kipper.

As a new day dawns though, in a bid to to avoid any awkwardness between the two of them, Rubi/Rubin (Max Crumm) lightly drops murder into the equation.

Rubi is the oddest of the friends, an emo type with a penchant for the dark and a sociopathic streak a mile wide, it’s her/him that begins the plotting and slowly pulls in the others.

The story would have worked nicely as a 20 minute movie short rather than a 1:20 feature film but there simply isn’t enough story to really carry it through and even with some great acting it feels like it’s been dragged out.

There is a bit of a twist relating to Diaz but really the film doesn’t make enough of it and in the end this thread is never really tied up.

The guys play the parts of their female alter egos really well and get the cliche affectations down to a tea – if there’s a reason to watch the movie it’s this. Bad wigs, fake nails and ill fitting clothes are all part of the charm although the sight of a thong strap poking over the lower portion of a six pack is an image that will haunt me for many nights to come.

Killing Diaz is bizarre, there’s a scene where Jo is selecting and buying beer to a rousing musical number, then ends up breaking a bottle because a pretty woman looks at him, then eventually the whole lot gets smashed. It’s pretty random and a scene which doesn’t seem to relate to anything at all. Then there’s the phone that Cam/Kira (Josh Zuckerman) answers on several occasions that’s not really a phone, it’s a banana!

It’s interesting to see how the characters show more of themselves as females than they do as males and how the relationships between them differ as their genders do.

As the movie nears the end the lighting starts getting dark and trippy, it seems to loose it’s humour a bit and just sort of plods on. When the ending finally happens – via some rewinding – it’s not very rewarding and, if anything, feels like it creates a total lack of clarity.

Killing Diaz is amusing rather than laugh-out-loud funny, it’s very well acted and the guys were clearly having a lot of fun filming it. What really lets it down though is the pacing and lack of story progression. So, unless you’re adverse to cross-dressing men it may well be worth a view.



6th December 2019

Cameron Fife

Cameron Fife, Tyler McGee

Running Time:
1h 19min

Five friends plot to murder an upstairs neighbor, simply to avoid an awkward conversation.

Bradford H. Benoit, Cameron Fife, Daniel Benson, Josh Zuckerman, Krysta Rodriguez, Max Crumm, Sugar Lyn Beard, Tyler McGee

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