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Special Events ArchiveBoston Underground Film Festival 2017

68 Kill

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68 Kill

Director: Trent Haaga
Screenwriter: Trent Haaga (Based on the novel by Bryan Smith)
Cast: Matthew Gray Gubler, AnnaLynne McCord, Alisha Boe, James Moses Black
2017 | USA | 93 min.

A pulpy, pitch-black caper-comedy from the director of CHOP.

Chip and Liza aren’t exactly living the dream. A combination of bad luck and poor planning has led them to an existence of barely scraping by. Chip pumps septic tanks for a living, while Liza has to resort to turning tricks to get the rent paid. It certainly doesn’t help that Chip is a bit of a soft-touch who has never made a crucial decision without consulting his dick first, and Liza clearly has a number of loose screws. Upon learning that one of her sugar-daddies is sitting on a huge stack of cash, Liza decides that one simple burglary can be the answer to all their prayers; should be an easy $68K. But by the time the deed is done, they are plunged headfirst into the life of a fugitive after murder, kidnapping, and a small dose of human-trafficking top their grand-larceny sundae.

Director/screenwriter Trent Haaga is no stranger to BUFF. His directorial debut, Chop, took home the Director’s Choice award in 2011, and he has penned such past fest-faves as Deadgirl (2008) and Cheap Thrills (2013). In his sophomore effort in the director’s chair, Haaga injects author Bryan Smith’s road/heist-hybrid pulp novel with his own signature pitch-black humor, aided by the magnetic chemistry of his two leads (who both had significant supporting roles in last year’s closing film Trash Fire, despite not sharing any screentime together). Matthew Gray Gubler is effortlessly charming as the mercilessly unlucky Chip and one can only dream of having as much fun as AnnaLynne McCord looks like she’s having as the psychotic Liza. Buoyed by a strong supporting cast including Alisha Boe, Sheila Vand and James Moses Black, and fueled by Haaga’s relentless pacing, 68 Kill is screwball comedy at its most horrific.

-Kevin Monahan

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