Val Kilmer (Batman Forever), Joanne Whalley-Kilmer (Scandal) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs) star in this sexy, ingenious crime thriller that sizzles with dangerous eroticismand nerve-shattering suspense. Drenched with... more » intense, forbidden passion, it's a "lust-filled film noir with a twist" (Los Angeles Times) that'll hold you in its grip until the final startling revelation. Jack Andrews (Kilmer) is a down-on-his-luck private detective who receives themost unusual offer of his career: a beautiful and mysterious woman, Fay Forrester (Whalley-Kilmer),wants to hire him to fake her murder. But as he falls under her seductive spell, he finds himself thrust into a murky world of treachery, greed and murder. Soon Jack must face his own darkest instincts in a final life-or-death confrontation in which he and Fay can trust no oneespecially not eachother.« less
"Kill me again has never been released in digital formant in US. There is a Japanese Ld long time ago but very hard to get nowadays. So this MGM dvd release is a very good news. This movie is very under rated and didn't get wide release but remains a video favorite. The story has been done before and has been copied all over again on various B movie. About a seductive young woman who used a private detective to fake her death to get away with money she stole from her abusive boyfriend. The DVD is in full screen only and no 5.1 Dolby Digital but for this type of low budget movie probably we don't miss much as the Dolby 2.0 surround is quite good with occasional thunder can be heard from your rear speakers. I would have given it 5 stars if MGM give an English subtitle option (an option that has no longer available for all current MGM DVD releases, what a shame). Get this rare gem, you won't be sorry."
Doesn't matter, I'm gonna kill you anyway
Mr Creosote | Reno, NV United States | 01/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Considered from the "outer" point of view, this is a pretty good movie. Well-developed, uniquely-identified, memorable characters; excellent acting by all; crisp, often amusing, dialogue; well-plotted and paced with surprising twists and turns, and a surprising climax. The haunting background music (William Olvis) alone is worth the seeing the movie for.But it is on the "inner" level that this movie really struck at me. It is set in Nevada (Winnemucca, Reno, Vegas, Overton - "Where's that?" "It's up by Lake Mead") where I lived for many years. [For those of you who have read much spiritual/metaphysical literature, it is no coincidence that the national mecca of "vice" is a "desert experience". This remark is NOT a put-down of Nevada - amidst such sharp natural beauty, our dilemma is sharply drawn there - and that's a plus.]Somehow the dark, horrifically-empty aspect of modern American life - which is itself especially starkly on view in NV - is precisely nailed by this film. The film might aptly be subtitled - "The Illusion of Love in a Dead Culture like ours". Yes, outwardly, it's about the astonishing betrayals and cruelty everybody - good or bad - will go through to get their hands on the attache case with the mob's money. But inwardly it's about the search for a love that has sunk irretrievably below the surface of one of Nevada's beautiful lakes. If you think this fanciful, tell me this: why, as the winner finally leaves Nevada with the money, was "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" - so movingly sung, torch-style - selected for the final credits? It was, rather, tears that were getting in mine!"
Douglas Doepke | Claremont, CA United States | 08/25/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"40's style noir played against sunny Nevada desert and vicious gambling dens. Val Kilmer is too boyish to bring off the classic role of private eye, but at least he doesn't try to act tough while being slapped around or thrown like a rag doll over a series of chairs and tables. In fact his Jack Andrews gets pushed around by almost everyone in what amounts to one of the most feckless of all movie private eyes. His every move seems to either flop or backfire. He's seldom in charge of any encounter, and in that important regard, the movie stands as a genuine oddity to the genre. Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, looking like a trampy Natalie Wood, is reasonably convincing as the femme fatale, squealing delightedly whenever she's roughed up. Then there's villainous Michael Madsen, looking like Elvis's spooky older brother, who steals the show with a series of scary outbursts that are totally convincing. Despite the negative review, there're enough twists and turns to keep viewers guessing. And while Kill Me Again is no classic of noir filmmaking, it does stand as a reasonably successful low-budget entry."
Mr Creosote | 11/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am no movie buff, but I know a good one when I see it. This movie is akin to 'Red Rock West' with Nick Cage, or 'The eye of God', and 'Clay Pigeons' with Vince Vaughn. I even added it to my scrappy (less than 20) video collction, and that's saying a lot! The only thing missing is a score from Chris Isaac."
"Guess we won't be going to Maine after all"
Jerry Fry | Freeman, MO USA | 09/25/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Brett Johnson's review of this movie is about right. I rate it much higher though. Even though this show follows many other formulas, for the type of show it is I think it's at about the top of its class. At least it's a movie I want to keep and watch from time to time. I can't say that about alot of the shows I've bought. The ending isn't that good but most movies don't come up with good endings. Michael Madsen is his usual cruel self (as in "Reservoir Dogs") and is even raunchier. Val Kilmer plays many different parts well. Maybe he isn't so believable as a private "I" but still, for the kind of show it is I give it a thumbs up."