Assassins Tale

2013

Action / Crime / Thriller

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Cast

Anna Silk as Grace
Michael Beach as Roman
Lili Mirojnick as Fine Young Thing
Kaiwi Lyman as Woody
720p 1080p
752.61 MB
1280*720
English
MA15+
23.976 fps
1hr 32 min
P/S 4 / 24
1.44 GB
1920*1080
English
MA15+
23.976 fps
1hr 32 min
P/S 4 / 14

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by siderite 6 / 10

Another movie about loquacious killers trying to find a meaning in life.

The discussions between Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction started up this genre, with assassins that speak a lot about their feelings or thoughts. Those dialogues taken separately are better than most movies in this niche in their entirety and, unfortunately, Assassin's Tale falls into the same category.

The problem is that killers talking about themselves is just cutting corners on some real film making, where one would construct a story to develop the characters. Instead we are regaled with verbal diarrhea that means nothing and reveals nothing and just takes up from the viewer's time.

In this particular group of films, this one is not actually that bad. The beginning, at least, starts up very smartly, with lines that just feel original and surprising. I kept imagining what the characters would say and they would do something really different, but also real feeling. It didn't last though, as a big part of the movie was hijacked by the usual tough guy underworld and psychopathic wise guys and that sort of crap that completely balanced out the good starting bits.

And then there was the end, fragmented, pointless, unrealistic and lame. The point of a low budget movie is to show a good idea or the effort one puts into the script or acting, not to rehash an already obsolete recipe.

While I am sure the film makers meant well, I am sorry, but I cannot recommend this movie for any reason.

Reviewed by Joseph Godfrey 5 / 10

Bad Editing Ruins The Ambiance

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 ...

CLICK ...

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 ...

(AWWW MAN)

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.

Reviewed by tickin 7 / 10

Not Bad

This is an OK little flick. It's a low budge movie but they seem to have spent the money wisely. The story was interesting and the acting & dialogue were equally good. It has twists and turns that are enjoyable and the characters were likable (so to speak, considering they're assassins). It has a melancholy feel to it that works pretty well. All in all I can't complain.

My general impression is, if this movie had a massive budget and big stars, the public would be falling all over itself to see it. The fact that it had none of that and was still entertaining makes it a worthwhile view.

If you come across it check it out.

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