3 February 2015 | CinemaClown
Murder Goes Viral
Marking the first collaboration between Japanese & Indonesian cinema, featuring many familiar faces from the cast of The Raid & The Raid 2, and giving its targeted fans their fair dosage of gore & violence, Killers is a blood-soaked tale of murder & obsession that manages to get many things right over the course of its runtime, only to throw it all away in its final moments.
Killers tells the story of two men who live in two different nations but are connected by a single obsession. One segment concerns a serial killer in Tokyo who likes recording his killings & posting it online. Other segment concerns a journalist in Jakarta whose dark side is triggered after he checks out one of the uploaded videos. The two eventually get in touch on the internet & begin to bond.
Directed by the Indonesian duo known as The Mo Brothers, Killers is gripping, brutal & merciless when it's travelling the right path but it often deviates from that road, steps into the unnecessary & ends up feeling a bit overlong. Dialogues are poor, acting is terrible, VFX is mind-numbingly bad in the climactic scene yet what keeps it going is its interesting premise & plenty of violence it has to offer.
On an overall scale, Killers had the potential to reach the same heights as many South Korean thrillers but it unfortunately lets that opportunity slip by. It's a very satisfying ride for the most part, the kills are quite disturbing, the online obsession theme is also nicely addressed & it would've easily earned more points if it hadn't implemented its laughable CGI in the final moments which almost ruins the whole experience. Worth a shot, nevertheless.