With the ability to shoot any video, even full-length feature films on mobile devices from smart phones to GoPros, the film industry has already begun bridging the gap between live-action video and first-person video games. This is what Hardcore Henry did so well last year, and it's the aesthetic style embraced in our exclusive clip from the upcoming sci-fi movie Kill Switch.
Written by Omid Nooshin and C. Kindinger, Kill Switch is the VFX-heavy feature film debut by writer-director Tim Smit who heads up the special effects on this one himself. Kill Switch stars Dan Stevens, who's coming off the biggest year of his career with starring roles in the X-Men television series Legion and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
In Kill Switch, most of the film is shot in first-person P.O.V. so viewers will be in the head of Stevens who plays a pilot battling to save his family and the planet. The movie is based on Smit’s popular YouTube short What’s In The Box? from 2009 that can be viewed below:
Official Kill Switch Plot Synopsis:
Set in a future version of the world, the video game style plot follows an experiment for unlimited energy, harnessing parallel universes, which goes wrong. Chased by drones and soldiers, pilot and physicist Will Porter must race through an imploding world to get the Redivider box to a tower, which will save humanity, including his family, in the real world.
The R-rated sci-fi thriller that's been promised for years also stars Bérénice Marlohe, Tygo Gernandt, and Charity Wakefield and runs in at 91 minutes. The official Kill Switch poster is below and you can watch the Kill Switch teaser trailer here.
Smit's short What's In The Box? blew up back in 2009 and there was immediate interest in developing it into a feature, something we heard bits and pieces about over the years. Now it's finally here and with a big star as the lead. The challenging part may be the heavy focus on first-person perspective, but unlikely Hardcore Henry - which was all frenetic over-the-top action - this one's more drama and story and slower-paced which should work better for audiences avidly avoiding the shaky cam.
Kill Switch is distributed by Saban Films and Lionsgate and releases on Ultra VOD May 19th, and in select theaters and On Demand June 16th.