Kiss Or Kill
Kiss Or Kill plays with the concept of trust. Trust
is a bit of a problem if you suspect that the person
closest to you may be slitting the throats of a succession
Frances O'Connor (Love And Other Catastrophes) and
Matt Day (Muriel's Wedding and Doing Time For Patsy Cline)
are petty criminals on the run; in a scramble across the
Nullarbor followed by a trail of corpses.
The coppers are also on the trail, played by Chris
Haywood and Andrew S. Gilbert. And there's plenty of
slamming of car doors and squealing tyres, (even on dirt
roads, a pet hate of mine.)
Haywood and Gilbert in factlook as if they are
straight out of T.V.'s Homicide and the effect is fairly
entertaining. There's a very funny story told mid tale,
to do with a piece of bacon, and perhaps Kiss And Tell is
worth seeing just for that, but should such a bloody
procession across the heart of Australia even be
accompanied by comedy?
Bill Bennett, the writer/director of Kiss Or Kill,
has previously presented to us two unimpressive films,
Spider And Rose, starring Ruth Cracknell, Simon Bossel
and Max Cullen, and Two If By Sea, a confusing, poorly
conceived film which was written by Denis Leary and
starred Sandra Bullock and Denis Leary.
Kiss Or Kill again indicates a writer/director who
seems to be short on ideas.
Or perhaps confused about genres. Kiss Or Kill would
have been easier to handle if it had been treated like
the mystery thriller it was meant to be.
Kiss Or Kill reminded me most of one of my
favourite films, David Lynch's Wild At Heart, starring
Laura Dern and Nicholas Cage, which also had a violent,
in love couple on the run from the law, but importantly
maintained its ferocity and sexiness throughout. Lynch
didn't try to make Wild At Heart into a sort of comedy!
In addition, so called "quirkyness" is out of date
now in Aussie Films. It always was. There's a fine line
between creating interesting characters; the strange
outcasts and loners who are common out in the bush, and
on the other hand parading a succession of clowns on the
Bill Bennett crosses that line often in Kiss And Kill.
I've grown tired of Aussie films with things like
min-min lights, parts of kangaroos, stupid outback
scoundrels, scenery and countless Holden cars (or were
they Fords) gratuitously whizzing around.
Dialogue also needs more depth than is presented in
Kiss Or Kill. Dozens of "shut the f...k ups!!" make me
writhe at the cinema. There was a lot about Kiss Or Kill
that I found annoying.
I've been eagerly awaiting the next film from
Frances O'Connor, who's effervescent performance in
Love And Other Catastrophes indicated a new star on
the Australian scene, but O'Connor, like her co-star
Matt Day, look to be floundering in this film. But no
doubt some of you will just love Kiss And Kill.
Barry Otto is interesting as one of the potential
victims and Max Cullen plays a stupid, weird, outback
motel owner with panache. And Kiss Or Kill does have
a clever last scene, which presents one of the few
worthwhile moments of the film; and the film's title.