Kill Your Friends Blu-ray Review
Nicholas Hoult carries “Kill Your Friends.”
Based on author John Niven’s book of the same name, “Kill Your Friends” revolves around a talent scout (Steven) for the A&R record company in the year 1997. To say Steven is not an ordinary person is an understatement. He drinks, he does drugs, he only cares about company prfots, he screws people over, and, well, to say anything more would be spoiling the events of the film. Suffice to say, Steven is determined to advance his career by any means necessary. Of course, it wouldn’t be much of a film if Steven didn’t face obstacles which altered his plans. Can he make things go his way or will karma come back to bite him?
Upon watching “Kill Your Friends,” it’s abundantly clear that this movie isn’t remotely subtle. It’s a movie about the literal “cutthroat” music business and the dark side of humanity and that’s pretty much it. It doesn’t really go anywhere. The film establishes Steven’s despicable and unlikable character from the get go and takes viewers on a journey with this character. The journey and outcome isn’t surprising because it’s all fairly predictable when it’s all over and done with.
On the bright side, Nicholas Hoult delivers an incredible performance as Steven. Even though Steven is thoroughly unpleasant, you can’t help but keep your eyes off the character as Hoult dives into the character head first. It’s a decidedly different role for him and further shows the young actor’s already impressive range. While not in the film all that much, a virtually unrecognizable James Corden also shines as a dim witted drug addicted A&R employee.
Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? The picture quality is a little on the fuzzy side, but it’s still a solid transfer.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Superb. The soundtrack (which boasts the likes of Prodigy and Radiohead) is essentially a character in this film.
* “Kill Your Friends” trailer.
* Well Go USA Entertainment trailers.
* Individual interviews with Nicholas Hoult, James Corden, Craig Roberts, Owen Harris and John Niven.
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