‘68 Kill’ is a crime comedy starring Matthew Gray Gubler in the lead role as Chip, a naive sewage worker who’s infatuated with his girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord). Living in a crappy trailer, they don’t have the most attractive lifestyles; Liza sleeps with a creepy older man for money to pay rent, but Chip believes their relationship is the one thing they have going for them. That is, until Liza suggests stealing the $68, 000 in her client’s safe, but completely breaks her promise to not hurt anyone about 5 minutes into the job.
Although the film isn’t as good as it had the potential to be because of the writing, I thought the dynamic of the relationship between Chip and Liza was interesting – she blatantly manipulates him and he isn’t even fully aware of it until her true personality comes out and shatters his ideals. It plays around with concepts of masculinity and femininity, most noticeably through jokes during ‘male gaze’ moments in the film. It seems like it’s trying to make a statement about gender/masculinity/femininity, but isn’t quite well executed enough to achieve this. It’s mostly let down by awkwardly written dialogue and the characters are mostly serviceable. The comedy isn’t as funny as it thinks it is, although the scene in the motel when Chip is freaking out at least made me laugh a little. While the writing isn’t its strongest point, it’s easier to appreciate its grunge aesthetic.
‘68 Kill’ aims to be a cult hit but doesn’t quite live up to its potential, as it’s let down by the weird dialogue and doesn’t feel like it says as much as it wants to. However, it’s a quick, entertaining enough watch that will be particularly enjoyed by viewers who like dark humour.
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