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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 Paws

The Killer

Netflix, Archaia Entertainment, Boom! Studios, Panic Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Plan B Entertainment present an R rated, 118-minute, Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama directed by David Fincher, written by Andrew Kevin Walker, Alexis Nolent and Luc Jacamon with a theater release date of November 10, 2023.

When a cold-hearted, ultra-safe, lost in his own mind assassin (Michael Fassbender) is sent to kill a target but misses, killing someone else instead he flees the country in any means possible. When he returns to his beach home, he finds the house a wreck and blood all over, later finding Magdala (Sophie Charlotte) in the hospital. Out for revenge against the same agency he works for one by one he begins to kill the people who acted or knew of the attack at his home.

The audience is placed within the killers’ head hearing all is thoughts and his methodical ways of stalking, waiting, moving in, killing and leaving no stone unturned. He takes the shots, the punches, the near-death experiences but in the end, he takes his targets down. If you’re in the way you become collateral damage yet in the end, he leaves no sign that he was even present on the scene.

I did like the aspect of being a part of the killer’s mind-set, learning what and how he thinks before he finalizes his thoughts. Sometimes they go his way but sometimes there may be a bump in the road but either way he seems to accomplish is goals. I did find though that the script had some holes in it and at times it got drawn-out and too long and messy. Although when he finds his target and a fight or intriguing dialogue kicks in, the story gets a bit of an adrenaline rush.

Obviously Fassbender owns the film from beginning to end but some of the supporting cast, The Expert (Tilda Swinton), The Client – Claybourne (Arliss Howard), The Lawyer – Hodges (Charles Parnell), Dolores (Kerry O’Malley), Leo (Gabriel Polanco), the Brute (Sala Baker) all bring their expertise as an actor to make their scenes riveting. There is language, violence, and nudity but the stereotypical pit-bull with the bad guys was obviously used for its power and strength. I know a chihuahua or poodle would not have done the trick but the Pitt dog once again gets a bad rap. Overall, I enjoyed the film for some of its originality but all be it the story moves a bit slow.

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