is back in a movie that features
a documentary film crew following the
plans and explosive actions of a team of
improbably-inept assassins who are
out to kill one of their own in the hilarious
dark comedy thriller Killing Gunther...
BEARING A GRUDGE AGAINST the deadliest and most feared hitman on the planet,
Blake (a remarkable performance from Taran Killam) plots to take him down and
seeks out the best of the very few hitmen (and women!) that are prepared to
risk taking on the job.
Putting out a fake hit to lure elusive Robert "Gunther" Bendik (the splendidly-dry
Arnold Shwarzenegger) Blake hires a reluctant film crew to put together a documentary
of the downfall of the king of the hitmen.
He plans to seize the crown for himself and become top of his game while taking
revenge on Gunther, whom he blames for the break-up of his relationship with
his former girlfriend Lisa (Cobie Smulders).
a riotous blend
of dark comedy
and pseudo-tension, Killing
persuades a motley collection of assassins to join him, and first on the list
is Ashley Hill (Aubrey Sixto), who taught Blake everything he knows about his
trade. But trouble lies ahead and as he picks out his fellow team members he
begins to realise that it is not so easy to kill a killer!
He is joined by the loyal Gabe (Paul Brittain); Izzat, also known as Crusher
(Amir Talai); Pak Yong Ki (Aaron Yoo), whose best friend was killed by Gunther;
Killer Twins Mia (Allison Tolman) and Barold Bellaklava (Ryan Gaul), whose cold-bloodedness
knows no bounds; and his friend Donnie (Bobby Moynihan).
Blake convinces himself that he has every reason to believe he will be successful
in killing Gunther, but it seems the top hitman has other ideas and the inept
and bumbling would-be killers just cannot seem to get it right.
Increasingly frustrated that Gunther is one step ahead of him at every turn,
Blake had not reckoned on Gunther's quick wits and dexterity. He did not become
the world's deadliest assassin by accident.
In a riotous blend of dark comedy and pseudo-tension, Killing Gunther
is hilariously brilliant as the top man foils his would-be successor at every
level. More of this, please!
Does Blake manages to keep his team alive and kicking; can he manage to win
back the lovely Lisa, prevent the terrified film crew from absconding and, most
important of all, does he actually achieve his ambition of becoming the man
who is responsible for Killing Gunther?
deliciously funny black comedy thriller Killing Gunther marks the directional
debut of actor Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live; 12 Years A Slave; The Heat)
and is available on VOD from 2 April 2018.
Killing Gunther also features: Hannah Simone as Sanaa; Peter Kelamis
as Rahmat; Steve Bacic as Max; Scott McNeil as Cheyenne; Rebecca Olsen as Trish;
Alex Duncan as Jewel; Amita Marmorstein as Nate; and Joel Labelle as Sultan.
Music is by Dino Meneghin; Cinematography by Blake McClure; Producers are: Taran
Killam, Kim Leadford, Ash Sarohia and Steven Squillante; Written and Directed
by Taran Killam.
"In a riotous blend of dark comedy and pseudo-tension, Killing Gunther
is hilariously brilliant" ****
Maggie Woods, MotorBar