Getting a Glimpse: Kill Switch

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By: Jaclyn Cascio (@jaclynator)

In the motion picture directorial debut of Danish visual effects producer Tim Smit, Hollywood’s new big man on campus Dan Stevens stars in the American/Dutch indie sci-fi flick, Kill Switch.

Not to be confused with the 2008 Steven Seagal film or the 2014 documentary by the same name, 2017’s Kill Switch will explore what happens when parallel worlds collide. The visual effects-heavy, full-length project is based on a 2009 viral short film by Smit called What’s in the Box? The screenplay by Charlie Kindiger and Omi Nooshin was produced in 2016 and Saban Films acquired the distribution rights for the movie this February.

Produced by Aaron Ryder, Sander Verdonk, and Denis Wigman, Kill Switch follows pilot Will Porter (Dan Stevens) as he tries to save his family and the world after a military energy experiment tapping into parallel universes goes terribly wrong. In an attempt to get the box (containing the namesake “kill switch”) to a tower, Will may face a decision of unbelievable proportions. When you have two worlds, how do you choose which one to sacrifice so that the other might endure?

Take a look at the most recent trailer here:



Starring Stevens (Beauty and the Beast), Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall), Tygo Gernandt, Charity Wakefield, Bas Keijzer, Mike Libanon, and Mike Reus, Kill Switch will delve into first-person point-of-view filming, mixed with the more traditional film style. With the first-person POV introduced in the original short film project, the style was fairly new at the time (2009), but has been used more recently in films like Cloverfield and Hardcore Henry to mixed reception. Will the video game-style Kill Switch be a bigger hit, with up-and-coming Legion star Stevens in the lead?

Kill Switch will be released this month, May 19, in Ultra VOD (video-on-demand). The movie will be released in regular VOD and select theaters on June 16, 2017. Pick up your popcorn, and get ready!


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