Killers Anonymous is an energetic new action movie directed by Martin Owen about a support group where killers can come and share their stories and transgressions with the hope of coming to terms with themselves. However, when an assassination attempt is made on a high-profile politician, the group must figure out who among them is responsible.
After a fun and (literally) killer cold open, the film propels us straight into the world of the eponymous organization. Sure, you’re going to have a lot of questions, and that’s only natural, but about two-thirds of the way through the movie, those questions will be answered in a gloriously satisfying and entertaining way.
The structure of the film is actually rather unique. For a while, it plays out almost like an anthology movie, as each of the characters tells their story about how they became a killer and what sins they have committed. This part has a few cool moments (and some excellently-shot portions), but isn’t the most memorable.
More memorable is the final act, in which the film shifts into a web of relationships and double-crosses. The ending does feel somewhat rushed (particularly the big climax), although it is still tons of fun to watch because of its infectious energy. The movie is definitely messy and chaotic, but in a way that is super charming.
The film does leave a lot to be explored should the movie catch on enough for a sequel. (It’s possible that this could gain a cult following if it eventually gets enough attention on streaming platforms.) The mythology of the eponymous organization is wide open, with Gary Oldman’s character an easy way to expand the world even further than we have already been shown.
For an ensemble-driven film with mostly lesser-known names, the acting is pretty strong. Gary Oldman and Jessica Alba are the two big stars in the movie, although they give what results to little more than glorified cameos. The real lead of the film is Rhyon Nicole Brown, who does a great job in her role, able to handle both sides of the coin very well.
Other members of the group are played by Tommy Flanagan, Michael Socha, Elliot James Langridge, Tim McInnnerny, Elizabeth Morris, and MyAnna Buring. Langridge is memorable as the lovable comedic relief character, having that goofy charm that adds a bit of bounciness to the movie. Morris is also cast very well as the loose cannon, getting some of the most fun action sequences.
Killers Anonymous is a stylized and fun B-movie action-thriller. If you are looking for a relatively mindless popcorn movie with a pretty short runtime, this is definitely a very good option.
Killers Anonymous hits theaters and VOD on June 28.