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Assassins


Antonio Banderas and Sylvester Stallone teamed-up for this thriller which now has added interest as the first film to credit enigmatic auteurs Andy and Larry Wachowski (The Matrix Trilogy).

Stallone plays Robert Rath, an assassin at the top of his game who is, like, sick of all the killing. So of course he takes the proverbial "one last job" which will net him enough cash to retire. But he doesn't count on the presence of Miguel Bain (Banderas) a ruthless young assassin who seeks to usurp Rath as the top assassin around, and he's prepared to kill him to do so.

Also present is the intended target of the assassination, a computer hacker played by Julianne Moore, whom Rath teams up with to bring down Bain.

Despite its title, and the presence of veteran action director Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon series, Superman), Assassins doesn't really have much action in it, and is more of a pensive drama thriller with a couple of minor chase scenes. It's almost like they were trying to make a minimalist action thriller. It's primarily an unsuccessful experiment, which relies too heavily on the Stallone's non-existent dramatic acting skills. Banderas hoots and hollers, and is kind of fun to watch, but even the considerable talents of Julianne Moore are dragged down by the script.

But that said, Assassins is a perfectly serviceable time waster doesn't ask much from it's audience. And it's, um, shot very professionally.


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