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Killing Gunther Blu-ray Review


“Killing Gunther” tries too hard to be funny.

Written and directed by Taran Killam of “Saturday Night Live” fame (who also stars in it), “Killing Gunther” tells the story of a group of hitmen and hitwomen (Blake, Donald, Sanaa, Ashley, Izzat, Pak Yong, Max, Mia and Barold and Gabe the tech guy) who decide to band together to take down the notoriously famed hitman named Gunther. Predictably, the mission does not go as planned as Gunther begins knocking them off and toying with them. Note: The film is told in a mockumentary style with a camera crew recording the story as it unfolds.

For those expecting “Killing Gunther” to be a full blown Arnold Schwarzenegger film, don’t. Even though he graces the cover, he’s only in the film approximately 18 minutes. Most of the film is devoted to woefully unfunny humor that feels both like a rejected SNL sketch that goes on too long and a Christopher Guest mockumentary wannabe. There isn’t a single second of the film that is remotely funny. It’s a shame because Arnold actually seems game for this movie. It’s nice to see him back in a comedic role, but he just has nothing to work with when it comes to the dreadful script.

The rest of the cast (which includes the likes of Cobie Smulders, Bobby Moynihan, Taran Killam and Allison Tolman) is also wasted. Smulders, who is married to Killam in real life, only seems to be in this film for star power reasons and to support her husband. Moynihan, again, doesn’t have much to work with here so it’s hard to really judge his work. Tolman isn’t in this film much and is given a really embarrassing role. The actress should be getting way better parts after her incredible performance in the first season of “Fargo.” As for star Taran Killam, it’s clear that he is passionate about his film and gives the role of Blake his all, but the character and the film do not work. He stretches an already thin premise out to an agonizingly long feature film.


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? Bland cinematography aside, this is a solid transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The quality is a little low for my taste, but it’s adequate enough.

Extras: Digital copy, Lionsgate trailers, 2 deleted scenes, and 6 minutes of bloopers.

December 21, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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