A clumsy mix of fantasy and hyperreality, The Kill Hole attempts to marry a serious drama about soldiers with PTSD to a macho psychological thriller. The relationship is a resounding failure. Samuel Drake (Chadwick Boseman) is an Iraq War vet living in Portland, where he divides his time between driving for Radio Cab and attending a support group—reportedly improvised scenes starring real-life veterans and led capably by actor Billy Zane. Drake's seen some shit, apparently. Exactly what shit we never learn, but enough that a private security company persuades him to hunt down and kill a mercenary (Tory Kittles), who saw the same shit and now lives in the mountains performing ponderous voice-over monologues and plotting bloody, batshit retribution. This is, not surprisingly, where things get pretty dumb. There are some worthy stories hinted at in the support-group scenes, but they're ultimately just background to an underdeveloped First Blood rehash. Some lovely shots of the Oregon wilderness, though.
- Genres: Action
- Country: United States
- Language: English
- Critic's Score: C-
- Starring: Chadwick Boseman [Lt. Samuel Drake], Tory Kittles [Sgt. Devon Carter], Billy Zane [Marshall], Peter Greene [Peter Krebbs], Ted Rooney [James], Dennis Adkins [Hull], Victoria Blake [Carol]
- Directed by: Mischa Webley [Director], Mischa Webley [Screenwriter], Jonny Gillette [Producer], Zach Hagen [Producer], Jeff Krawczyk [Executive Producer], Jason Wells [Original Music], Eric Billman [Cinematographer], James Westby [Film Editor]
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