Kill Your Friends: DVD Review
Released by Roadshow Home Ent
American Psycho meets the 90s Britpop music industry in this woefully weak drama.
Nicholas Hoult plays an A&R man who's determined to get to the top and won't let anyone stand in his way. Threatened by James Corden's rival, he bashes him out of existence; but when a new pretender to the throne signs to their agency, Hoult's Steven Stelfox takes matters even further.
But with a police investigation into the crime underway, and pressure growing to sign the next big indie thing, Stelfox is going to need a bit of luck carrying it all off.
Kill Your Friends is a pale imitation of what a drama like this should be.
Hoult doesn't have the range as Stelfox and is not a patch on Bale's charismatic and seething Patrick Bateman. It doesn't help the script isn't quite there either and complete with a copper who's trying to be David Tennant in his formative years, the whole thing has a veneer of wannabe wafted heavily over it all.
The music industry is all stereotypes and while it's mildly amusing to spot the 90s tropes, the satire is nowhere near as scathing as it hopes to be.
Nihilism should be fun and anti-heroes should be worth fighting for - but you can't escape the feeling in Kill Your Friends that the whole thing would have been better if Stelfox had been caught early on and the case closed.