Baz (Barry Vartis) is one of Britain’s new breed of police, a cycle cop. Although he appears to be a figure of fun, a freak accident turns him into a psychopath… As riots break out in London, a head injury changes Baz from an everyday police officer into a mad vigilante, offering no-hope criminals a stark choice, arrest or death. Baz sees this campaign as ‘lawful killing’. Criminals too stunned, confused, or drunk to argue are politely asked, “May I kill you?” and merrily dispatched on their final journey. All these exchanges are recorded on Baz’ helmet-cam and posted anonymously on social networks. Using the alter ego ‘@N4cethelaw’ Baz acquires an increasing number of fans with each killing, dispensing
justice to scumbags, cleaning up society like some bizarre and deadly ‘Robin Hood’, ridding society of its’ ills. But, in a sudden reversal, Baz is captured by an enraged relative of one of his presumed “kills” and faces slaughter or even worse… exposure.
The film is very well shot and Kevin Bishop’s character Baz is a complex one indeed, full credit goes to Kevin for bringing an added depth into an otherwise quite simplistic character storyline. The depth comes in the form of a man on the warpath ridding the streets of crime, yet at the same time you feel is emotions and heart is in the right place as he is killing various criminals with consented permission as he asks his victims the simple question, May I Kill you?
The script is what it is, the simple premise of the story drives the film and does not deviate anywhere else, once your on the cycle path your there for the full 84 minute runtime. I failed to understand the Black Comedy title the film was given until the story progressed, the humour is very dark but fortunately with all the horror films I have to review here, adding a comedic element to it did make me chuckle a few times. Maybe I have issues?
Baz’s character is a bicycle cop this may of been an oversight but that job role doesn’t really go hand in hand with a masked vigilante, I guess that’s what makes the film what it is, a role in society so unsuspecting, so subtle, so camouflaged into modern society that it blends seamlessly into the surroundings. If this was taken into consideration during the film making process then its a very clever idea indeed.
I will not be nominating May I Kill U for a big award any time soon but Kevin Bishop drove the story, the film stands on its own as something unique which is always to be applauded. The matter at hand is thought provoking and leaves you playing out real world scenario’s in your own mind. Overall it was enjoyable to watch for an independent Brit flick, with more of a depth to the storyline this could of been something amazing, it’s good don’t get me wrong but nothing I will be shouting from the rooftops about any time soon.
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