Lowdown: Intrigue, murder and comedy at a remote part of Australia.
Simon Pegg forgot to let me know he’s shooting a movie in Australia. Granted, it is set on the other side of Australia, but still! He also avoided mentioning he’ll be playing in the role of a hitman for the hire. I will let him off the hook, though, because Kill Me Three Times proved to be three times as fun to watch as your average film. Not that I’m surprised, given the mix of ingredients.
As per its name, Kill Me Three Times follows sort of a three story affair in which we are introduced to several (but not many) characters, and flash back and forth in time as we learn what the story is with each of those characters. It’s more or less a story per character group, with Pegg as your sort of an overarching team.
In no particular order, our Greek tragedy of a story involves the following set of "misfortunate characters that seemed to have come directly off the set of Fargo". We have a bar owner (Callan Mulvey) with some obviously illegal stash of money in his safe and an interest in knowing what his wife (Brazilian Alice Braga, whom you should have seen in City of God) is up to. That wife is up to a relationship with local mechanic Dylan (Luke Hemsworth), mostly because of her frustrations with her dick of a husband. On that crucial day, though, the wife has herself a dental appointment with the gambling addict dentist Nathan (Sullivan Stapleton) and his wife/assistant Lucy (Teresa Palmer), whose only hope for repaying their gambling debt and thus staying alive has something to do with the premature death of their patient for the day. And then there is the local policeman (the legendary Bryan Brown), whom no one suspects of being honest for even a moment.
What follows is a Tarantino movie set in Australia. Very violent/bloody, a tangy music soundtrack, with plenty of fun and laughs for all to be had through dialog and whatnot. In this limited portrayal of Australia, no one is pure and they all know it, but just like Pulp Fiction there is hope and redemption for some.
Granted, Kill Me Three Times is not the most original film ever. It does make the most of its Australian setting and it does offer lovely high contrast yet picturesque cinematography with which to enhance the murders and other various bodily harms it portrays. What else can a person ask for?
Cinematically speaking, Kill Me Three Times is a 3 crabs affair. Yet its Australian appeal plus the buckets of fun it comes bundled with earn it a well deserved extra to make 3.5 out of 5 Tarantino grade crabs.
Do forget the numerical score, though. Just watch it.