Title: Why Don’t You Just Die!
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Director: Kirill Sokolov
Starring: Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Vitaliy Khaev, Evgeniya Kregzhde
Runtime: 1h 39min
What It Is: When a young man with a hammer enters his apartment with the intention to kill him, a crooked detective, his long-suffering wife and defrauded best friend, and his vengeful daughter are all brought together for a brutal reckoning.
What We Think: The movie delivers exactly what you would expect from how it presents itself, and much more. It’s a frenetic splatter-flick that relishes its chaos. Movies that supply that exact kind of action can do so without going much further, but this one is special. Intelligently made, this film is a satisfying combination of comedic violence and wry, twisted drama. Since the filmmakers knew when to slow everything down and let scenes breathe, there are scenes driven by mostly dialogue or tension. Paired along with the movie is the lively soundtrack and sound design, which felt fresh, fit nice, and hit hard, and visually, contrasting and complimenting colors between the actors and the sets are saturated to pop and highlight the grit of each setting, and the camerawork was stylistic and floaty, with no hint of over-cutting anywhere. The stunts and effects looked so legitimately painful I’m almost certain some of the actors ended up walking away with several real bruises by the end of production and speaking of the actors, the performances in this movie are definitely another element that elevates the movie up another level. There was no hint of self-awareness in them. I was close to not even feeling anything for the characters since the beginning of the movie set the rules for the world as being near video game-like in terms of realism, but the actors managed to ground themselves enough to warrant caring about them and their mottled morals.
Our Grade: A, Honestly I don’t even have any complaints about this movie. Nearly everything was done to its full potential and I enjoyed it all quite a bit. You can feel the passion in the filmmaking… the movie felt alive and energized the entire way. It satisfies the desire for insane stylish violence while still giving an interesting plot with three-dimensional characters and genuine hilarity, all wrapped up in a beautifully brutal package. Why Don’t You Just Die! is excellent- a unique treat for those with a strong stomach and a taste for blood.