Downrange ★★★½

I get that most Kitamura fans likely yearn for a return to his Versus days, but for me it's his three English-language films (i.e. this, The Midnight Meat Train, and No One Lives) that I value most among his filmography. Each of them is a gory, nihilistic display of shameless technique and moral abandon. Downrange's simple premise of a group of people besieged by a sniper has been done before (Ti West's Trigger Man, most recently), but Kitamura goes overboard in designing his set pieces for maximum audience reaction and satisfying our bloodlust. For those expecting narrative development or interesting characters, this has little to offer, but for fans of no-holds-barred high-concept cinema that isn't afraid to indulge itself for our guilty pleasures, this is a treat.