The opening sequence grabs you. It is brilliantly executed. It's a
simple scene with a professional assassin (played by Guy Garner)
handing his knife over to the client named Marcus (played by John M
Keating). Marcus we discover is a movie producer whose brother was
murdered by a man bound to the chair in front of him.
Marcus fumbles with his latex gloves as the hit-man instructs him on what to do. His calm demeanor like an older brother teaching the younger to catch a baseball. I was on the edge of my seat watching these two.
Marcus can't do it. He can't even get the blade into the guy. He gets sick, vomits ...
The killer looks at him and says, "That's it? That's all you got? This is the guy that killed your brother. He tortured him. He mutilated his ass & that's all you have?" A great line. It sends Marcus into a rage as he takes the man's life. Repeatedly shoving the knife into this guy's belly. The professional calmly pulls him back explaining the guy is dead to the whimpering Marcus.
It's a perfect scene. It set a perfect tone.
Then the music starts ...
It was the wrong choice of music. Some piano rift about the "devil's due". I don't know the title. It was a little jazz/blues, but more upbeat & lighter than either. It immediately ruined the previous scene. You don't lead your audience into a dark tone and then cut to a delightful sunny helicopter ride over the city just for the opening credits. EDIT THAT OUT
You don't need that music there ... You don't even need an opening credit - no film needs credits to role at the beginning because it's like pasting "The End" at the finale of a film. We know the movie is starting. There's no need to remind us. Especially when capturing our attention so effortlessly at the start.
The introduction of the character Johnny Solo provides an unnecessary bravado; I was left to assume his dialog was an introduction for an incredibly sloppy character build. Something that could be spread out over a few good scenes that define the character's accomplishments. Instead we're delivered an ego trip like some school yard punk that's never had to fight.
Johnny Solo, who so far we have no reason to respect, dialogs about orphans & bad parenting until finally showing us his accomplices, Roman (played by the talented Michael Beach), "Anthony" and Grace (played by Lost Girl's Anna Silk).
We segue into Roman & Grace sitting on a sofa chatting. There's some sexual tension here which makes no sense because we were just told how she was raped by a step-father. "She got raped by her step-father. She cut off his dick" ... click ... "You know if I go home with you I'll be taping that".
Her rape was used as a hint to her toughness ... awesome guys ... Couldn't have made the rape joke funnier.
Soon the audience realizes the duo are in their target's apartment. Such a nice touch honestly, but it was in the wrong part of the film because of bad editing. Michael Beach's character Roman is everything Johnny Solo unnecessarily explained him to be; Ruthless & Skilled. He takes down (what I believed to be) the bodyguard - while Anna Silk's character Grace is shown strangling the target with piano wire. The brief tussle with the bodyguard was amazing. Roman's stone cold expression handling this guy like he was a child being put in the corner. I loved every second of that moment ...
Bad editing takes us back to the beginning again, as apparently that perfect opening sequence wasn't quite finished yet. It's a short dialog that should have been kept in the opening - or not - I simply know that it should NOT require anymore of that music from earlier ...
An acoustic country song takes us back on our helicopter ride again before going to some unwanted montage of drug addiction. It then becomes what must have been "comedy relief"; Some guy talking about his girlfriend's dog over the phone and then showing multiple shots of a Chihuahua with its accompanied whine.
I was done.
13.5 minutes into this movie and I left.
I probably missed a great deal more of those perfect scenes like the opening, but I could not force myself to watch those minute episodes only to see it butchered by a failed edit.
Wonderful job for the actors involved, especially the opening sequence - but "no" ... whoever pieced this film together with the music & cuts needs to stay away from the glue & scissors. They're obviously sniffing the glue.
Action / Crime / Thriller
Action / Crime / Thriller
Three assassins deal with life, love, addiction and trust as each tries to find the answers to a better life. Together, they prove to be the most trustworthy in this tangled web of murder, greed, friendship and betrayal.
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August 22, 2015 at 08:12 PM