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Kill Switch

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Netherlands, Germany, United States · 2017
Rated R · 1h 31m
Director Tim Smit
Starring Dan Stevens, Bérénice Marlohe, Charity Wakefield, Gijs Scholten van Aschat
Genre Science Fiction, Action, Thriller

Alterplex, a power company, builds a tower that gets unlimited quantum energy. When strange things start to happen, people discover that in order to get energy the tower takes energy from a parallel universe called The Echo. Will Porter, a pilot, is sent to The Echo to save the earth, yet he finds the task more complicated than he initially believed it to be.

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Paste Magazine by Andrew Crump

Granted, the film might not have turned out much better had Smit stuck with one perspective or the other, but at least it would have had constancy. Instead, it reads strictly as a video game, sans the requisite interactive gratification.


Village Voice by Chris Packham

Kill Switch is an ungainly hybrid of two totally disparate mediums that have been Human Centipede-d together: film and first-person-shooter video games. Film is not the front end of this configuration.


Slant Magazine by Christopher Gray

Dan Stevens navigates the film’s literal and thematic alleyways with the same enthusiastic befuddlement that convinced many to soldier through Legion‘s more impenetrable stretches.


The Hollywood Reporter by Frank Scheck

A visually imaginative but narratively incoherent exercise that provides viewers the unwelcome opportunity to feel what it’s like to watch a video game being played by someone else.


Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

It’s an illogical, simple-minded mess in which Stevens is primarily a disembodied voice in a first-person-shooter-style video game movie.


Variety by Scott Tobias

Had Smit developed his themes as scrupulously as his visual effects, Kill Switch might have been the next “Primer” or “District 9,” but instead it feels like a demo reel for a game that nobody can play.

50 by Simon Abrams

Indie sci-fi film Kill Switch is the worst kind of science-fiction film: the kind that coasts on a central gimmick instead of delivering either visceral or intellectual thrills.

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