By Dave B.
In the near-future, some humans have their minds augmented by advanced implants that allow them to do everything from mentally control machines to regain their power to walk if seriously injured. That’s the world of Kill Command (2016, currently on Netflix). When the corporation that makes these implants seeks to expand their nominally altruistic remit by removing human soldiers from battlefields, they create an advanced artificial intelligence and implant it into an army of advanced drones for training purposes. As everyone (except for the hapless company) can guess will happen, something goes wrong and the robot army takes control of the island where they are being tested. When marines on a training exercise unwittingly stumble across the drone army, havoc ensues.
Kill Command has few, if any, surprises. Every line of dialogue can be guessed. It’s fairly easy to know who is going to die (although I’ll admit, I didn’t always get the order right). The acting is serviceable and probably would have been decent with a better script. Sounds like I’m really down on Kill Command right? Well, I’m not. It was pedestrian, but not bad. The action is decent, the pacing is fine, and the CGI is good. It’s basically the low-budget, bastard love-child of Terminator and Predator. It’s kind of hard to mess that up too badly.
Although it certainly won’t win any awards, Kill Command is definitely watchable. I’m not recommending it, because it isn’t good. But it’s easy to watch and uncomplicated enough that you can just sit back and enjoy some explosions for an hour and a half or so, if you’re incredibly bored. Sometimes, that’s all that’s required from a movie.
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