review by bobby Blakey
There is an awesome trend lately where action coordinators and stuntman are stepping into the director’s chair to bring their own visions to the fans. The latest Kill Order from director James Mark features his brother Chris Mark and Team 2X bringing the fun, but does it offer up everything you could want in this kind of martial arts action flick or will fail to bring the pain?
Kill Order follows David, a troubled high school student who appears to suffer from mental illness and finds himself in a situation where he is about to be taken captive for reasons unknown, where a dark power takes over his body opening the doors to a world of superhuman abilities and a past kept secret. To be honest going into this film I knew little about those involved, but as I started watching it and seeing the awesome fight sequences I had to know more. Much like Jackie Chan’s famed stunt team, this film brings together Team 2X around star Chris Mark to create some really great fight sequences. It’s obvious this is a lower budget film on some levels and they have so much more to explore, but did a great job making it an exciting film that will capture your attention right out the gate.
The story here never fully gets explored, I am assuming due to the production restraints, but it manages to serve as a decent precursor to something bigger should they get to revisit this universe. Chris Mark makes for a good leading man in both his acting and outstanding fight abilities. Director James Mark does a great job at making the most of everything he has and plays to the strengths of himself and his team to create a memorable action flick.
This is far from a perfect film as the story is not always fleshed out and it is clear that most moments are just there to set up another fight, but for a first time director and a fight team that clearly has talent it delivers exactly what it set out to. If you want to check out some great martial arts action then decide for yourself and give Kill Order a try when it hits VOD, Digital HD, and DVD on February 6th from RLJE Films.