THE KILLER – “Cold, calculating, and devilishly detailed”

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RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: David Fincher (Mank – 2020)

MAIN CAST

Michael Fassbender as The Killer
Arliss Howard as The Client
Charles Parnell as The Lawyer
Kerry O'Malley as Dolores
Sala Baker as The Brute
Sophie Charlotte as Magdala
Tilda Swinton as The Expert
Gabriel Polanco as Leo
Emiliano Pernía as Marcus
Endre Hules as The Target

SYNOPSIS

Solitary, cold, methodical and unencumbered by scruples or regrets, a killer waits in the shadows, watching for his next target. Yet, the longer he waits, the more he thinks he's losing his mind, if not his cool.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Cold, calculating, and devilishly detailed, The Killer certainly hits its target. Yep, meticulous filmmaker extraordinaire, David Fincher, strikes again with yet another cleverly crafted thriller. First things first - the movie looks and sounds terrific. There is ample visual style and some creative use of sound design. It becomes pretty neat when the film’s audio changes based on the camera’s POV. Also neat is the surprise additions of humor. With a title like “The Killer,” you might not expect such an entertaining time. I mean, it is grim – but grimly entertaining, nonetheless. One thing I can see troubling moviegoers, however, is their connection to our titular “ender of life.” Played expertly by Michael Fassbender, the character is portrayed as extremely dutiful with little dialogue (think Ryan Gosling in Drive). And let’s just say they don’t go out of their way to endear him to the audience. With most “revenge” flicks, you can really emphasize with the protagonist and root for them wholeheartedly. Here, it’s a little murky. Yes, there’s a look at his “home life” and why his revenge is important, but it’s short – too short. There’s very little establishing being done. And unlike the likes of John Wick or The Equalizer, this film takes its time (just like our killer). But while it’s precise to a fault, The Killer still delivers a plethora of globe-trotting substance to sink our teeth into. And for that, I say thank you Mr. Fincher!

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