Writer: Steve Gomez (Screenplay)
Starring: Vanessa Kirby, David Ajala, Mike Noble, Bentley Kalu, Tom McKay, Kelly Gough, Thure Lindhardt
Plot: Set in a near future, technology-reliant society that pits man against killing machines.
Tagline – You can’t fight the future.
Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Sci-Fi That Doesn’t Shine
Story: Kill Command starts when a robot training facility has started to malfunction, Mills (Kirby) an engineer is set there with a military squad to bring things under control, Captain Bukes (Lindhardt) leads the team as they go face to face with the killer robots.
When the operations goes well it looks like it will be an easy trip home, only now the robots are copying the techniques shown by the soldiers, making them deadlier killers and the race to survive is on.
Thoughts on Kill Command
Characters – Miles is a robotic engineer that looks like a human but has the ability to talk to the robots and understand their movements. She does show human emotion which will be her weakness when confronting the robots. Captain Bukes leads his team into the combat zone, he isn’t happy about having Miles joining the team and over the course of the events must learn to trust her. Robinson is the older soldier that knows how to keep the soldier’s calmer during the mission, when others panic he can step up.
Performances – When we study the performances the first name that jumps out is Vanessa Kirby who has been the supporting star of The Crown, she is good as she isn’t meant to be showing emotion in her characters decisions. When you look at the guys playing the soldiers, they could easily be interchangeable as none make that much of an impact in the story.
Story – The story follows thee idea of a military group needing to deal with a robotic problem in a training camp after the robots start going rogue. This brings us the normal military characters who are looking to get the job done and a subplot about humanised robot that can work with both sides to solve the problem. Most of the story plays out as a warning against the ideas of turning to technology for solutions.
Action/Horror/Sci-Fi – The action we get to see is military based as we have military operations and learning how to adapt to these changes. The horror comes from knowing the computers are taking over and they are learning at an alarming rate, which plays into the sci-fi elements to the story.
Settings – The film takes place on a training island, which saves on the budget as this could be any island anywhere in the world.
Special Effects – The effects are good as the machines feel like they are part of the real world from start to finish.
Final Thoughts – This is a standard sci-fi movie which never becomes its own.
Overall: Sci-fi Forgettable