Many flavours of film, hit the video store for our consumption every Tuesday. Some are big tentpole blockbusters, some are award winning stories, and others were shot on a small budget in an eastern European country with one or two stars in a short amount of time. “Assassin’s Bullet” is the latter as we follow a US diplomat who is pulled out of retirement in order to stop a vigilante killer.
When an unknown vigilante begins killing high-priority terrorists from America’s Most Wanted list in Europe, a former FBI field agent (Christian Slater) who takes a job as a Cultural Attaché in Sofia, Bulgaria to escape the memories of his wife’s death is brought in by the US Ambassador (Donald Sutherland) to discover the identity of the assassin. While on the trail of the elusive killer, Diggs finds himself drawn into a passionate romance with a mysterious woman (Elika Portnoy) whose link to the murders threatens to jeopardize his mission and his life.
From the director of “Undisputed II” and “Undisputed III”, as if that is supposed to be a selling point, “Assassin’s Bullet” is really just a half-baked thriller, with poor stunts and a telegraphed narrative that just makes for a weak, weak film. The direction is bordering on laughable, with low budget zoom-ins where you can almost hear the cartoon whooshing sound effects as the story is on one end is wholly predictable and non sensical all at the same time. It results in a narrative that just makes no sense at all as the film tries to be something Bourne-esque but is instead just a derivative and predictable mess that doesn’t know what it wants to be, it’s somewhat of a shocker that this was even briefly considered for a theatrical run and played at some festivals.
Star Elika Portnoy also had a role in working on the script…and it shows. The story is just far to convoluted to make any real sense, and as she plays three different roles in the film it ultimately felt like yet another vanity project. I have a sneaking suspicion that this film probably plays a lot better on the page then it did on the screen, as the execution of it all just didn’t work. Both Christian Slater and Donald Sutherland were more than likely just looking for a paycheck on this one, and Timothy Spall who has done some wonderful work lately should have known better. This film isn’t entirely on the actor’s heads, since the script and the direction of the film were quite honestly comparable to a ship without a rudder.
Special features on the DVD include a making of “Assassin’s Bullet” and the theatrical trailer.
At the end of the day, “Assassin’s Bullet” is just a film you should flat out avoid as it has little to no redeeming qualities about it what so ever.
1 out of 5 stars, however I’d go less if I could.
“Assassin’s Bullet” is now available to rent on DVD at video stores everywhere, you can also find it for purchase at all major retailers like amazon.ca, HMV and iTunes.
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