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:: Sensitive New Age Killer

It had been evident in the lead-up to the release of this film, of the magnitude in the efforts of the production team in realising their dream for “Sensitive New Age Killer”. Producers John Brousek and Mark Savage (Mark is also the director and co-writer) have worked on the project for several years and they even attended all the media screenings to gauge reaction prior to the release date. It was a measure of their keenness and enthusiasm, and it summed up their feelings after this struggle to get the film to the box office. Their film had been independently funded and a passionate labour of love for those concerned. Mark Savage is known as the producer of “The Wog Boy” and has indulged in some wonderful short films over recent years.

The film itself is entertaining in a black comedy sense with a deal of blood and guts, amid excellent stunt work. It focuses on the character of Paul Morris (Paul Moder) who, shown at the start as a young boy witnessing a hitman, The Snake (Frank Bren), yearns to be a big player in the hired gun stakes, whilst being a trustworthy family man. He is married to Helen (Helen Hopkins) and has a daughter.

Paul seems to have scored a major hit only to be caught by a policewoman, Matty (Carolyn Bock), who asks him to strip. She doesn’t arrest him and seeks regular sexual favours as an exchange. Paul pursues his big hit in a bid to secure his future. As a kid, he idolised The Snake, the legend of all hit men. Ironically, The Snake now stands between Paul and his big hit on a particular crime figure.

The performances are creditable in amongst the well-scripted ideas. One of the very good performances comes from Carolyn Bock as the blackmailing policewoman. She delivers good lines in a stylish fashion as the sex-crazed cop. Paul’s boyhood hero The Snake is well played by the sinister-looking Frank Bren. He displays a typically, hard-nosed attitude to life and simplistic views on his work. Paul’s partner-in-crime George (Kevin Hopkins) and Paul’s wife Helen don’t inspire greatly, although they have their own story to tell. Paul Moder plays the central role to good effect, particularly as the family man. He is no expert gunman but he has a charismatic presence. A couple of far-fetched scenes spoil his overall work, though.

The filmmakers were out to show a mix of fun and violence. Savage’s liking for Hong Kong cinema is very evident here. The shootout scenes are well filmed and generally there are many energetic and likeable moments. Lots of sharp camerawork and good stunt work are positive aspects. This effort by Mark Savage shows his talent and it is hoped that this film has a decent run and serves as a stepping-stone to bigger budgets for him in the future.

Screening on general release