With a plot I’d seen all to many times before, and artwork that was even more generic than the plot I was set to pass on Kill Command, an unheralded low budget sci-fi/action film from the UK. However, after a couple of friends saw and recommended it I decided to give it a chance.
The plot is as basic as it gets, a group of elite soldiers are sent to a remote island as part of a training exercise that somehow involves a large weapons manufacturer. Along for the ride is a cyborg observer, who was cured of childhood paralysis by the same kind of implant that runs the drones the soldiers are facing. Once they’re on the island however, the soon realize, they’re not the ones who are being trained…
To writer/director Steven Gomez’s credit he doesn’t try to reinvent the genre, just the opposite, he tosses in ingredients from many of the best and boils them down into a tight, fast moving film, just what a good B movie should be. There are bits and pieces from Aliens, Robocop, Terminator, even Dog Soldiers on view here but they’re all seamlessly blended. Once the shooting begins you’ll forget that you’ve seen it before and enjoy the mayhem. And there is plenty of it, as our heroes fight a constant running battle with the robots before making a stand in the remains of an abandoned installation.
The robots themselves are well realized and very chilling in appearance, much more so than is usual in a film of this budget. Indeed the effects are all quite good, maybe because the director is an award winning CGI artist and had the knowledge and resources to pull them off on a budget. The convincing effects go a long way to selling us on not only the robot’s threat but the film’s near future world as a whole.
The acting is solid if nothing to get excited about. The men are all tough and macho and really aren’t called on to do much else. Vanessa Kirby does get to show some range as Mills, the cyborg who’s loyalties are in question throughout the film and who gets a great scene near the end when she has to choose which side to stand with.
All in all Kill Command has he feel of something American International or Roger Corman’s New World Pictures would have released to the drive ins back in the day, it’s a fun, energetic film that will keep you entertained and possibly even hoping for a sequel.