The Killer was directed by David Fincher and stars Michael Fassbender, Charles Parnell, Arliss Howard & Tilda Swinton. This film is based on the French graphic novel series of the same name, written by Alexis “Matz” Nolent & illustrated by Luc Jacamon. This film was originally being developed by Paramount way back 2007 but due to the studio not moving forward with project, Fincher would take the film to Netflix after he signed a movie deal with the streaming service.
The film follows an unnamed assassin (Fassbender) doing recon in Paris for a job. The assassin misses the target after meticulous planning. Word gets back the assassin’s handler, a lawyer named Hodges (Parnell), that the hit was unsuccessful. When the assassin returns home in the Dominican Republic, he notices his house has been ransacked and his girlfriend is missing. After noticing a blood trial, he goes the local hospital where his girlfriend is recovering after a brutal beating. The assassin begins an investigation into this attack which leads him down a road of underground crime & corruption where his skills are put to the ultimate test.
This was a solid film. David Fincher’s signature style mixed with the phenomenal performance from Michael Fassbender, and this would be a solid revenge movie. Granted, this was nowhere near as good as Fincher’s other film like “Zodiac”, “Seven” or “The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo” but a good movie, nonetheless. The look and feel of every city we’re in are great. Michael Fassbender is great as the assassin was great. I think my only complaint with this film is that there isn’t a clear villain of the movie. Just someone who has deep pockets and no real depth or even a face. I mean the film didn’t suffer from anything but it’s just Fassbender mowing through the bad guys with no emotions, which is cool to me. Very similar to Denzel Washington in “The Equalizer”, Keanu Reeves as “John Wick”, Liam Nesson in “Taken” or even “The Punisher”, Fassbender takes down an endless plethora of henchman with no leader.
Overall, this was an okay movie with a fantastic performance from our lead character from a visionary & masterful director. I was completely unaware that this was based on a graphic novel and has peaked my interests. I don’t think David Fincher has ever directed a bad movie, “Alien 3” notwithstanding. (That’s a whole other story.) His style is, in my opinion, is overlooked & not as respected like Nolan, Tarentino or any other names like that. His film catalog has a slew of great films, but I feel as if he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. Yeah, the concept & story of this movie is a basic, run of the mill revenge film but with Fincher’s directing, it has more of dark and slicker tone to its overall execution.