DVD Review: Kill Command

An army unit is helicoptered to a remote island facility for a simple training exercise which descends into a battle to the death against advanced robots.

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Kill Command is a B-grade sci fi complete with advanced robotic intelligence. I tried to like it, I wanted to like it, but in the end I didn’t.

Set in a future society, reliant on technology, an army unit is helicoptered to a remote island facility. What starts out as a simple training exercise for Captain Bukes and his squad, descends into a battle to the death, as the marines discover the island is overrun by an enemy that surpasses the human concept of evil.

We follow Mills, a robotically enhanced woman working for a seemingly innocent tech company, who is sent to one of the company’s field test locations. There, the squad of US Marines is training for combat using robots which Mills helped design.

Things, of course, begin going wrong fairly soon, and the tensions within the squad, especially between Mills and squad captain, Bukes, rise to the surface as the evil intent of this training exercise comes to light. What purpose do the flying camera drones serve? When will the squad get off the island? And is Mills really as innocent as she says she is?

I have to say I found this movie hard to watch. The CGI effects were excellent, particularly for a low budget movie. The cinematography, although grainy at times, was acceptable. The acting was believable without a weak link. So what was hard to watch?

The story seemed to go on and on, so much so that I lost interest and felt no connection with the characters or what happened to them by the end of the movie. There were too many similarities to Predator, but not as interesting. It certainly began well, but a third of the way through the film became bogged down in a CGI fest.

You may feel differently to me after seeing Kill Command, however I probably wont be watching any more of the series.

Reviewed by Barry Hill
Twitter: @kinesguy

Rating out of 10:  5

Kill Command will be released on Blu-ray and DVD from 7 September 2016.

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