Camille Delamarre follows up his failed attempt at rebooting The Transporter franchise with another action flick in Assassin Club from Paramount Global Content Distribution. Thomas Dunn pens the film’s screenplay.
Henry Golding plays Morgan in the movie, a highly skilled assassin determined to start a new life with his girlfriend, who happens to be an elementary school teacher. Despite frequently hiding bullet injuries on his body, his significant other is utterly oblivious to his dangerous profession.
One day his handler Caldwell (Sam Neill) assigns Morgan his last mission. The task involves eliminating seven targets across the globe. Morgan doesn’t know that the targets are equally skilled assassins hired to kill him. His only survival shot is to uncover the mysterious mastermind behind the deadly plot before it’s too late.
Honestly, after the back-to-back hits with Crazy Rich Asians and A Simple Favor, it’s perplexing that Henry Golding is in movies like this.
Morgan, a hitman with a heart of gold (portrayed by Henry Golding), unwittingly finds himself thrust into a highly competitive league of assassins after bravely defending his schoolteacher girlfriend from an attacker. Nevertheless, this league allows him to leverage his extensive personal surveillance network from the comfort of his humble abode. The ensemble is rounded out by a group of seasoned bouncers, with Sam Neill playing the part of Morgan’s sophisticated handler and Noomi Rapace taking on a challenging dual role as both the head of a security agency and one of Morgan’s most formidable adversaries, complete with glasses and blonde locks.
A good action movie film showcases incredible artistry, particularly when viewed frame by frame. While the action is well-executed, it adheres to combat principles that have become overused. Unfortunately, the attention to detail is lacking, with severed fingers appearing unrealistic and a website headline that looks hastily written.
Delamarre’s competence falters regarding non-violent scenes, resulting in subpar execution. Despite the cast’s valiant efforts, the dialogue they are provided lacks creativity and ingenuity.
Final Grade: D+
Assassin Club is Available to Buy on Digital now, and Available on DVD & Blu-ray™ June 6, 2023
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