First Kill (trailer below) looks like a terrific, if predictable movie. Given the lack of buzz surrounding the film (the trailer only has 384,000 hits) and Mr. Willis restrained performance, it could well be a sleeper hit. Especially for The People of the Gun. The plot . . .
A dad takes his bullied son hunting for therapy. A bank robber abducts his son. Much gunplay ensues. Needless to say, the virulently anti-gun New York Times is not thrilled with the thriller.
“First Kill,” a decently executed but generic thriller, is most notable for advancing the dubious theory that the best way to help a child who is being bullied is to traumatize the heck out of him.
I doubt the film suggests that trauma is the best way to help a bullied child. But the fact that the boy is helped — with guns!– is beyond the pale for The Times,.
To learn inner strength Danny sure does have to witness a lot of carnage . . . the movie, directed by Steven C. Miller, doesn’t hold a lot of surprises, but there is worse terror-in-the-woods fare out there — rather a lot of it, in fact.
Can someone please take The Times’ staff out for some serious trigger time? Preferably somewhere in the heartland, where the combination of gun rights and morality is still a thing. There’s rather a lot of it, in fact.