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AXED
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Ryan Lee Driscoll

Starring:
Jonathan Hansler
Nicola Posener
Christopher Rithin

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Kurtís a bit down on his luck. See, he recently lost his job. Heís decided to take the wife and his two teenage kids on a vacation in the remote countryside. Little does everyone know, Kurtís intentions are sinister- heís rounded up his former boss and intends to wipe everyone out at once.
Is it good movie?
Although itís more than a little frustrating, I will say that for the most part, I dug Axed, an English horror/comedy (remember Falling Down? This is kind of like that, except a bit more violent.). The premise is fairly original and certainly comes off a bit different- naturally, things are pretty relevant here too. Our economy sucks and people are getting cut for crap reasons all the time. When our man gets the ax, we feel for him. He decides to forgo telling the wife and kids about his firing, and instead goes the ďspontaneous vacation routeĒ but not before frying up everyoneís cell phones first! Ha (a funny bit in the end credits promises that no real phones were harmed)! Be warned: this movie features a real lack of logic, so for those of you who tend to yell at characters on-screen, avoid this movie like the plague.

We sort of feel bad for Kurt, anyway. Problem is, Kurtís a pretty insufferable asshole.† This is sort of what makes the movie work though; Kurtís such a pompous prick that he truly believes that his whole family could not possibly survive without him. See, he was going to kill himself, but has decided to mow them all down because they just couldnít go it alone. Quite frankly, the complete opposite is true. Kurtís a huge jerk and his family canít stand him. Heís played quite well by Jon Hansler, delivering a precise performance.

If you view Kurt as the villain, then youíll buy into this one pretty quickly. Itís hard not to hate that guy, and he comes off so normal and somewhat milquetoast that itís hard to believe heís been pushed so far at times (though we do get a few glimpses into his madness shortly before he gets fired). Unfortunately, Kurtís family doesnít really rise to the challenge. His son Jay should be the true savior of the flick- he seems to get the worse of Kurtís venom and never rises up to defend himself or his family, really. Thereís some lessons learned, especially where the lame, tame and disappointing ending in concerned.

Still though, Axed is fun to watch (at least in the first half of the film or so), and blends up as a mix between a thriller flick and a slasher flick, though the body count is relatively low. If you donít mind having the ďstupidĒ turned up a bit, you might dig it too- just donít look for any character logic, realism or even coherent weather patterns!
Video / Audio
N/A Screener
The Extras
N/A Screener
Last Call
It tries to go from satire to vile pretty quickly and doesn't totally succeed, but Axed is certainly a watchable micro-budget effort that works relatively well. If you're up for something a bit silly and unremarkable, this'll suit your fancy.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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