A spaghetti western with a bit of supernatural tone. I not exactly sure that those two go together, but they give their best shot in Killed or Be Killed. This film shows how far man will come in pursuit of a fortune, as the group sacrifice almost everything including their lives. A band of outlaws, after breaking one of their number free from a chain gang, set about a long trek across the great state of Texas in order to claim a fortune that will allow them to retire from their outlaw ways. Not long after beginning their trek, misfortune strikes the gang in the form or several situations which will decrease their number and create dissent among the gang.
Soon bodies begin dropping left and right with every town the group hits. A tremendous bounty is placed on the group’s heads, attracting the attention of several lawmen looking to collect on the payday. Who will survive to make it to the fortune?
So I’ll be first to admit that my knowledge of western is limited; however, I think it is safe to say that this one won’t be going into the hall of fame. There are a few moments where it is appealing, but for the most part much of the storyline was convoluted and filled with things that do not provide anything to the overall storyline, such as the introduction of a female character who brings essentially nothing to the table. I understand the purpose for her induction was in an effort to humanize the lead character as well as inject a bit of romance into the plot, which does not have the desired effect.
The lead character also had promise in the beginning, but as the story progress he moves further and further away from being relatable. He started out as an outlaw; however, he appeared to possess his own unique way that extended to protecting the weak, but by midpoint, we witness him start to make exception to that established code, which did irreparable damage to his likability and credibility. His saving grace remains his commitment to his mission and his men.
As I mentioned earlier, the supernatural element does appear out of place with the overall theme. Fortunately, it is not a large portion of the film, but it is a noticeable trend throughout. This addition may create more questions as to its significance to the story. If you find the meaning, by all means share it with me. Fortunately, there is the addition of the podcast interview on the site that may answer any outstanding questions.
In conclusion, if westerns are your forte, you may enjoy Kill Or Be Killed. Not a movie you would go out and rush to see, but one you would likely watch during your downtime on the weekend.