In this rock band documentary, Kiefer Sutherland stars as the tour manager of a band called Rocco DeLuca & the Burden's (or just The Burdens?). The movie follows his involvement in the band as well as the development of the band itself, especially the lead singer who has an amazing voice and captivating musical abilities. Funny enough, Sutherland was fired as tour manager shortly after this documentary was created.
I Trust You to Kill Me is a film about Sutherland's love for music and his devotion to this band that he clearly feels strongly about. The band has some great music, but as they are a little older and a little more grunge, they have trouble finding traction. They head over to Europe to go on tour, and Sutherland finds himself forced at times to resort to his celebrity status to get people to come to the concerts.
The movie has a fair amount of music in it, but also focuses somewhat heavily on Sutherland, as he is really the most interesting part of the movie. Sadly, he isn't that interesting. While Sutherland seems to have a love for music, his passion seems to be hidden behind a laid back aura that never allows the audience to see much more than a dull celebrity pursuing his dream despite not having a clue what he's doing. Don't get me wrong - I love Kiefer Sutherland and I love "24" - but he isn't exciting enough to warrant his own documentary, even if he isn't truly the star. While there are some sequences that are entertaining, most notably the nightlife scene where he walks around getting people to come to his concert and most of them question whether he is truly who he says he is, most of the documentary rolls along without any real purpose.
Unfortunately, if this movie is about Sutherland and his tour management abilities, he never shows those abilities. Other than handing out flyers, I Trust You to Kill Me never shows Sutherland doing a single thing to directly help out the band. The movie could have been interesting had the movie showed more of the operations going on behind the scenes, but strangely enough this behind-the-scenes documentary rarely goes behind the scenes.
Director Manu Boyer is also a bit of a disappointment. He seems to have thought that combining a celebrity and some good music would result in a quality documentary, but there just isn't much to this film. There is no exploration of the band, the people involved or the efforts to increase awareness of their music, and thus there is little to watch. In addition, for filler, Boyer tries to ask Sutherland some insightful questions but just ends up sounding stupid. His questions are so idiotic they even catch Sutherland off guard (although sometimes it looks like Sutherland is stoned or something).
I Trust You to Kill Me is a boring documentary that offers little insight into the band or its original tour manager. The music is good, but if I wanted good music I'd buy the CD. In fact, this movie lessened my respect for Sutherland just a little bit as he comes off as being not that daring or particularly bright. I can't wait for "24" to start up again so I can watch him kick some ass once more.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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