Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Ryan Lee Driscoll
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
Video / Audio
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.