The Kill Team Blu-ray Review
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Release Date: December 24, 2019
Run time: 121 mins
Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50
Acting was seriously on point – Nat Wolff was great and I can’t wait to see more of him. His presence was really nuanced and subtle but his character held all the emotional weight and you were right there with him, even though the script was sparse for his character…most of what needed to be communicated was done wordlessly and really effectively. Adam Long was equally talented, of course the great Alexander Skarsgard never dissapoints and his character manages to be charming and seductive as always. The acting was really top shelf. I suspect the angsty script and lush characters really inspired the strong performances. It was pretty gripping.
I didn’t like it as a “war movie”. The setting is in Afghanistan and so you expect action, but really the war is there only as a backdrop to flawless character studies. I suspect many people will be falsely drawn to this movie, hoping it is something else when really it’s a drama. I look at the poster and feel it could be misleading. There is no action is this movie. Well a bit, but not enough to warrant the plume of smoke on the poster. The marketing may have been misrepresentation here. Question of managing expectations; it just so happens I love good acting, engaging storytelling and Alexander Skarsgard – so I wasn’t so disappointed.
Movie Content: 7/10
The print is presented in 1080p with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. The print looks very good throughout without any apparent issues. Colors are vibrant and carry pop which brings out the fine details. The detailed scenes stand out very well. Blacks are deep. I found the print to be crystal clear with no artifacts or print damage. The darker scenes of the film looks great with the appropriate lighting making this science fiction film standout. I was rather impressed with this print as its close to demo quality material that you will want to show off to your friends this holiday season.
Print Quality: 8/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix mix. This is a very immersive soundtrack during the action sequences. This is a film where there are a lot of action and chase sequences. Those looking for an audio mix that will take advantage of your equipment, this is the film for you. This is a very well done audio presentation that has dynamic range with the sound effects and a lot of panning from speaker to speaker. Dialogue is clean and crisp through the center channel.
Audio Quality: 9/10
- “The Reality of Courage: Making The Kill Team” Featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Dan Krauss
- Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
Special Features: 0/10
The Final Word
I really loved the jealousy and vying for attention that the characters had for Sargent Deeks (Skarsgard) The whole situation was entirely plausible and it shouldn’t have been, which is why the story was so good.
Overall Rating: 7/10