Dot.Kill Release Date: 13 December 2010 (Belgium) Genre: Crime | Thriller Director(s): John Irvin (Raw Deal, Hamburger Hill) Writer(s): Andrew Charas & Robert Malkani Starring: Armand Assante, Sonny Marinelli, Raffaello Degruttola I haven’t reviewed a good, old fashioned, direct-to-video detective film in quite a while. That’s exactly what Dot.Kill is. Starring the always awesome, often […]

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Dot.Kill
Release Date: 13 December 2010 (Belgium)
Genre: Crime | Thriller
Director(s): John Irvin (Raw Deal, Hamburger Hill)
Writer(s): Andrew Charas & Robert Malkani
Starring: Armand Assante, Sonny Marinelli, Raffaello Degruttola

I haven’t reviewed a good, old fashioned, direct-to-video detective film in quite a while. That’s exactly what Dot.Kill is. Starring the always awesome, often overacting, Armand Assante as a sick detective on a mission, Dot.Kill pretty much delivered what I expected.

Detective Charlie Daines (Assante) only has a few weeks to live. He refuses to tell anyone in his life about his affliction, continuing to go about his life with regularity. He gets through the day thanks to hefty doses of morphine that are the most that can be prescribed by law. Daines’ final few weeks are tainted by a serial killer that is killing powerful businessmen and broadcasting their deaths over not only the Internet, but also in Times Square. This sends the markets crashing, which puts even more pressure on Daines to solve the case. Daines and his team, which includes a wheelchair-bound computer expert, begin their investigation, all while Daines deals with problems that he’s having with his son and wife.

Dot.Kill works as a simple timewaster, but fails on any level that promises emotional attachment. While most of the movie is spent with Assante’s character, the audience learns nothing about him. He’s just a pissed off guy who wants to track down a serial killer. We don’t even a get a token, “My father/mother/brother/sister was murdered and this is how I cope” excuse. In addition, the killer is made obvious from the moment his or her character is introduced.

There is an upside to Dot.Kill. I’ve been loving Armand Assante as of late, and still feel that Federal Protection is one of the best direct-to-video action movies ever. He may be overacting in Dot.Kill, but compared to other actors in the film (like Stuart Townsend as Captain Byrnes and whatever no-emotion jackass plays Assante’s son), he’s Jack Nicholson. And plus, I enjoy standard detective movies, so it wasn’t hard to get into this.

DVD: Barebones.
Also known as Digital Killer and Digital Reaper.

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