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The Killer
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The Killer

2023
1h 58m
In the heart of a world shrouded in darkness, an enigmatic assassin known only as "The Killer" meticulously executes his assignments, leaving no trace of his deadly presence. His life is one of precision, solitude, and detachment, his mind a fortress impenetrable to emotions. However, when a carefully orchestrated hit goes awry, The Killer's carefully constructed world begins to crumble.
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19th
35
The Soderbergh comparisons I've seen are more apt than the Melville, at least judging by result. The script is pretty terrible, and surrounds a killer-for-hire whose masturbatory V.O. monologs about pedantic professionalism are the oldest cliche in the book; the character breaks the mold only in his blatant incompetence and stupidity, of which the writers themselves seem uncannily incognizant. Fincher peppers the soundtrack with The Smiths' entire discography, but even that fails to save this.
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61st
52
🚨 New straight man movie dropped 🚨
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56th
79
Feels more like a Soderbergh film than a Fincher film, which is fine by me. I appreciate the minutiae of planning on display. Honestly, I thought it could've taken its time more (akin to something like The American). Fantastic sound design and score. Solid overall.
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31st
70
Certainly a taught character study, but ultimately there doesn't feel like anything is accomplished by the end. The story pads itself with so much time spent in the Killer's mind that it rarely sees anything of substance actually play out. You see all the build up but there's barely any payoff. Fassbender does make every scene watchable mainly due to his ability to perfectly convey a keen sense of control and grit, but what it all adds up to feels somewhat boring.
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26th
40
On the gap between aiming for perfect (mechanical) discipline and the reality of having to adjust (improvise) to inevitable imperfection, the twist being that those who live in a truly machine-like way are the ones who really embody “the system” at its top, not just its employees, and that the latter have a chance against the former precisely insofar as they are capable of such creative “adjustments”. Mildly amusing, but hardly funny, and while it is slick, there’s not much to hold onto here.
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