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Essential Killing (2011)

Essential Killing

Overview


Genre

Thriller, War

Release Date

August 25, 2011 (VOD)

Duration

83 min.

Studio

Tribeca Film

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Jerzy Skolimowski

Producer

Jerzy Skolimowski, Ewa Piaskowska

Screenwriter

Jerzy Skolimowski, Ewa Piaskowska

Starring

  • Vincent Gallo
  • Emmanuelle Seigner
  • David L. Price
  • Nicolai Cleve Broch

Story


In an award-winning performance (Best Actor- Venice Film Festival), Vincent Gallo plays Mohammed, a Taliban fighter captured by the US military in Afghanistan after a violent desert attack goes awry. While being transported to a secret detention center in Europe, the vehicle crashes and he suddenly finds himself free. But his newfound freedom quickly disappears as he is relentlessly pursued in a snow-blanketed forest by an army that does not "officially" exist. A critically-acclaimed, thinking man's action thriller, "Essential Killing" tells the story of one man's struggle for survival, where morality has no place as he confronts the necessity to kill in order to survive.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..effectively presents his nearly anonymous antihero as both hunter and prey, never asking - or expecting..”
by Gary Goldstein [LA Times]
“..it’s probably best, though, to view it as existential thriller illustrating how violence begets violence..”
by Peter Howell [Toronto Star]
“..delivers a laudably physical performance..”
by David Parkinson [Empire Magazine]