This movie takes you into the 48 hours leading up to, through and the aftermath of a spree killing. The spree killer, terrorist, whatever you want to label him is Bill Williamson (Brendan Fletcher) , a 23 year old living with his parents. Not a trouble maker, just lacking direction. His parents want him to “do something” with his life starting with moving out. Problem is they are way too busy with their lives to really push the point.
Bill spends his time listening to media (which is played in the background as a constantly changing channel of what is wrong with the world), working out, working as a mechanic, and hanging with his friend Evan. Life is pretty unsatisfying for Bill, but most would just consider it “first world problems” . But that doesn’t stop Bill from his plans.
We get to see Bill plan and prepare for his rampage without the people around him noticing a thing. And if there is one thing people should take from this movie is this. Nothing he does really screams, “he’s going to go on a killing spree” so people should think twice before blaming the family of these people.
Anyway, back to the movie. Good premise, decent execution. I think the selection of Brendan Fletcher as Bill was a good one. He’s a small guy, almost scrawny, the last person you suspect would do something like this. The initial part of the killing spree is very intense but then it gets long, sometimes boring and other times downright stupid. I think director Uwe Boll was trying to make a point with some of the scenes during the spree, particularly in the bingo hall, but I think the point get’s easily missed.
It also get’s a little confusing with the timeline going back between present, past and future. But that may just be me.
In the end it’s intensity may be measured more by who’s watching it than the movie itself. I’m a little jaded and found it okay but maybe someone else will find it a terrifying wake up call.