First Kill


Will (Hayden Christensen) takes his family back to the town where he grew up to teach his son Danny (Ty Shelton) how to hunt. As they are waiting for a deer, two men wander into the area. The men argue about the money from a recent bank heist, resulting in one of the men being shot. When the other man hears Will and Danny nearby, he starts shooting at them. Will shoots the man, only to find out he is a police officer.

Will takes Levi (Gethin Anthony), the man who was shot by the cop, back to the house so his wife Laura (Megan Leonard) can tend to his wounds. Having heard Danny tell Will that he saw where a key Levi had thrown landed, Levi kidnaps Danny. Levi tells Will that he will return Danny once he has the missing key.

Not knowing who he can trust, Will must find the key while trying to steer clear of  Howell (Bruce Willis), the police chief, and the rest of the police force, in order to return the missing money to Levi and save his son.

Hayden Christensen hasn’t done much to show his range as an actor. His portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels has been dragged across the coals as being stiff and riddled with poor dialogue delivered half-heartedly. He was passable in Jumper. His performance in First Kill falls into the same category as most of his other work. He’s okay in the role, but nothing more. On top of that, he has little chemistry with Megan Leonard. This could be in part that we don’t see them together as a couple much. Bruce Willis, who also gets little screen time, doesn’t get the chance to show his talent. What we do see of Willis isn’t up to par with even the latest of the Die Hard movies.

The story is one we’ve seen many times before. Caught in an impossible situation, a man must go evade police and do the unthinkable to save his family. Of course there are double-crosses, and dirty cops. It does have potential, unfortunately it just never takes it anywhere.

First Kill is decent enough as a film. If the script and acting had been a little better, it could have been a good movie. Opening in theaters and VOD, I would opt for the On-Demand. You won’t be mad at yourself for watching it.

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