Don’t Kill Me is sparse on details to the point of wondering if something was lost in translation.


Director(s) Andrea De Sica
Screenplay By Gianni Romoli, Andrea De Sica
Date Released 2/21/2022
Where To Watch Netflix
Genre(s) Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Young Adult, Non-English (Italian)
Duration 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Content Rating TV-MA
Noted Cast
Mirta Alice Pagani
Robin Rocco Fasano
Sara Silvia Calderoni

Film Summary

Mirta was young and in love with a bad boy named Robin. Someone who had a group of friends but focused mainly on Mirta. But, with him having Mirta try some type of drug put in your eyes, it seemed they both overdosed. However, with Mirta coming back to life and meeting a woman who explains to her she is now part of the “Overdead,” Mirta is desperately hoping her boyfriend came back to life too and goes on a search to find him.

Characters Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.

Mirta

Before Robin, Mirta was a good girl who had her whole life ahead of her. However, after meeting Robin, she became absorbed into his world, and with trying drugs with him once, she died. Thus, she becomes some kind of zombie who must feed or else she’ll begin to rot.

Robin

A bad boy whose presence drew Mirta in, what got her to stay was the side of him that was sweet and playful, which Mirta loved. But he is also a man who holds many secrets, like the question of where he lived and whatever happened to his family?

Sara

Sara (Silvia Calderoni) explaining how to feed
Sara (Silvia Calderoni)

Sara is the first Overdead person Mirta meets, and she saves her from being captured and explains how trauma led to them coming back to life, and feeding is what keeps them alive.

Other Noteworthy Information

  • Reason(s) for Film Rating: Nudity (breasts and behind), sexual situations (mild sex scenes), torture, blood, gore (depiction of open wounds)

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Who was the first Overdead, and how many are there?
  2. Is Overdead a blanket term, or would witches be considered separate since they may exist?

Review

Low Points

It Feels Incomplete and Rushed

Robin (Rocco Fasano) revealing he is alive
Robin (Rocco Fasano)

One of the most significant issues with Don’t Kill Me is that it doesn’t explain much or properly develop various aspects of its story. For example, when it comes to the “Overdead,” eventually you realize they are zombies who are immortal as long as they feed. However, even with subtitles, you don’t learn Sara’s name until the end, despite her acting as Mirta’s mentor.

Then, when it comes to Mirta’s father, he has this whole thing going on with Mirta’s landlord, roommate, friend, or whatever, which seems so random. Add in not knowing what drug killed Mirta, questioning if there are other types of “Overdead” out there, and wondering why Mirta and Sara can put up such a fight against the Benandanti in one scene yet succumb to them in the next? A lot here doesn’t make sense.

Oh, and can I add, Robin and Mirta aren’t even the kind of couple you’d root for since Robin comes off like a generic bad boy and Mirta a bland good girl who fell for someone with an edge. And their relationship, like everything else, is mishandled since they don’t build up to why we should be invested in them until after Mirta comes back to life, and the job done is scanty.

Overall

Our Rating: Negative (Acquired Taste)

Mirta (Alice Pagani) at the end of the movie
Mirta (Alice Pagani)

Did Don’t Tell Me have any potential? Yes. However, with not making you value the core relationship between Mirta and Robin, nor getting you invested in Mirta’s other relationships, friends or family, the full impact of her coming back to life isn’t felt. Never mind, is there a reason for you to hope Robin came back too and he is reunited with his love.

Add in not a whole lot of information about the Overdead, and Sara being a ends to a means for the story, than someone who could fully break things down, and it leaves you with a disappointing film. One that leaves the door open for a sequel, but unless this is a surprise hit, I can’t foresee that happening, even though the film ends with many opportunities to compensate for this film.

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  • Recommended: Some of the best-seen movies we have ever watched and mentioned to friends, family, and strangers as films that need to be seen.
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  • Mixed (Divisive): Due to this movie having a few quirks, of which may work for some and for others be a problem, we believe your enjoyment of this movie will depend on your taste.
  • Negative (Acquired Taste): While one or two elements kept us going until the end, unfortunately, we’re of the opinion this film never reached the potential it was marketed to have.

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Title Card - Don't Kill Me (Non mi uccidere)
Don’t Kill Me (2022) – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)
Who Is this For?
Those who like zombie films that aren't the most brutal, have an okay romance and build towards a potential franchise.
Highlights
Disputable
It Feels Incomplete and Rushed
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