And there is absolutely nothing wrong with things not making sense or 'adding-up' in our lives, it should be expected a little more often if you ask me because it happens to us all from time to time. However, learning to accept that some things just won't make any sense and may not ever be properly resolved or understood can be extremely challenging for many of us. Knowing that some things just won't make sense and accepting that some things just won't make sense are not that same thing, and people get into all sorts of bother when they cannot accept when things aren't balancing out with their expectations or ideals.
We all like to imagine that our lives are pretty linear and that we have a certain amount of control over how things will play out for us. We also all get a bit excited about the prospect of a happy ending, a tidy resolution or a big box with a bow that we can pop things into and forget about until we are ready to pull them back out again; but in truth, life rarely allows for things to be that organized and logical, we just like to give ourselves the illusion that it does because it feels a shitload safer and saner than admitting that a lot of the time things just don't make any sense.
Now I know that some people are going to disagree with me on this topic, claiming that there is always a reason for everything and that nothing just happens without there being a bigger or higher purpose to it all; and to those people I say bullshit! You can believe whatever you want, but trust me when I tell you that not everything that happens in life occurs for a reason. A whole lot of shit that happens (and will happen to you in life) is utterly purposeless, pointless, meaningless and inconsequential, it is just stuff that happens that doesn't make sense and it doesn't need to. You don't need to fix it, you don't need to stay up late at night deconstructing it, you just have to accept it. It is that simple. Rather than adopting some privileged 'everything happens for a reason' mantra, what you really need to adopt is the smarts to recognise what you can control in this life and what you cannot. What is worth your time and what is not and what needs fixing and what just needs to be accepted.
One of the greatest challenges that we are presented with in this life is learning to accept that some chapters in our lives have to close without any real closure at all and that no matter how many hours we may pour into some puzzles, the truth is that they were never actually made to be solved in the first place. Some things just won't make sense and nothing that we do, will ever make that truth any different and all that you have to do is accept that fact and get on with living your life.
Release Date: 2011
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 95 mins
Ben Wheatley movies are all a little left of centre, and Kill List is certainly no exception to the unique and often undefinable style of filmmaking that we have come to expect from him. This intriguing, disturbing, edgy and often horrifically gory crime/ horror will have you reeling from its graphic violence, intensely volatile characters and indescribable outcomes.
A desperate and explosive hitman joins forces with an old friend to take up a mysterious job that requires the men to perform a series of kills. Each kill leads them further into a world of depravity and madness.
Kill List could be called a psychological thriller or a straight up gore-fest or even an art house horror, and in some ways it is all of those things, it is truly in a league of it's own and often seems to flippantly fly in the face of all established genre expectations.
Neil Maskell and Michael Smiley are tremendously good as the two loutish best friends and hitmen, and their combined efforts when matched with the sharp script writing and excellent direction from Ben Wheatley really lift this film out of the realms of mediocre gore porn to be something quite poignant and yet also completely deplorable.
Love it or hate it, you most certainly won't forget it in a hurry.
FINAL SAY: They are bad people. They should suffer.
3 Chilli Peppers