Assassin’s Target (2020) Movie Review

Director: Gilles Gambino

Writer: Gilles Gambino (Screenplay)

Starring: Jimena Gala, Ben Vinnicombe, James Giblin, Nicholas Stojanovic, Maarten Swann, Alika Del Sol, Gilles Gambino

Plot: Rosa, a master assassin with a knack for poisons sets out on a search and destroy mission against a spiritual leader, but conflicts within her own organization may spell disaster for her long before she ever closes in on her target.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Slow Mystery

Story: Assassin’s Target starts as we see the master assassin Rosa (Gala) complete her latest poison based kill, wanting to walk away from this world, her employees need her to get a new threat complete, after a television broadcast was interrupted by a mysterious man.

Rosa travels to Barcelona for this latest job, where she works with Will Gray (Vinnicombe) as her guide around town, being watched over by Gregor (Stojanovic), as she learns more about her boss Henry Crowford (Giblin).

Thoughts on Assassin’s Target

Characters – Rosa is the master assassin that uses poison as her weapon of choice, she has been doing this for years and looking to get out of the business, until one more job gets thrown her way. She must look for a mysterious hacker, which sees her needing to look into who this will be, mostly looking just to escape, she knows how to stay ahead of the game. Henry Crowford is the man that assigns the jobs, he listens to somebody above him and like any boss in the business, he will do what he needs to keep the business secret. Will Gray is the connection in Barcelona, he will fill in blanks and show Rosa around, while having his own agenda. Gregor is the former partner of Rosa, that is sent to follow her around on the mission, while having his own plan.

PerformancesThe film does struggle to get the best performances from the actors, as we are never convinced about how deadly Jimena Gala, makes her assassin character, though we do feel the pain her character has been through, when it comes to the male performances, they don’t breakout to give them enough identity.

StoryThe story here follows an assassin on their final job, which involved investigating a mysterious hacker that is seen to have terrorised Spanish television, only not everything is adding up the way she though it would. This story does manage to put a spin on the last job idea, with us focusing more of Rosa, wanting to make sure she can get a clean getaway over, the job which is slightly harder than normal trait we are used to seeing. The problem comes with the story not feeling like a job that an assassin would be involved with, rather one that a private investigator would be looking into, which doesn’t give us enough of a feel of peril, despite the fact she doesn’t know who to trust. The story does wrap up nicely which will hold everything together, but never gets out of the building something bigger up idea.

MysteryThe mystery in this film comes from us wonder just who the mysterious man on the television and why he is considered such a threat to the people involved.

SettingsThe film is set in Barcelona which will give us a beautiful backdrop for the movie, though most of the scenes feel like we are in luxury apartments over anything else.

Scene of the Movie – My name is Rosa.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough suspense.

Final Thoughts This is an interesting mystery thriller, that doesn’t seem to get out of first gear, it does the basics right and does spin the last job for an assassin well, only to not have enough suspense for what is meant to be going on.

Overall: Suspenseless Thriller.

ABC Film Challenge – Catch-Up 2019 – G – Gemini Man (2019) Movie Review

Director: Ang Lee

Writer: David Benioff, Billy Ray, Darren Lemke (Screenplay)

Starring: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Douglas Hodge, Theodora Miranne, Benedict Wong, Ralph Brown

Plot: An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself.

Tagline – Who will save you from yourself

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: By the Books Action

Story: Gemini Man starts when government assassin Henry Brogan (Smith) is looking to retire after his latest job, but his latest job might not have been as clean as he thought, with the target turning out to be a specialist not a criminal terrorist. With his government turning on him, he meets rookie DIA agent Danny Zakarweski (Winstead) who was assigned to watch him, when they are all burned, Henry and Danny go on the run.

Henry must use all his connections including Baron (Wong) to stay ahead of Clay Verris (Owen) and his latest project, Junior (Smith) a younger, faster version of Henry, only one that finds himself in a pawn in the bigger scheme.

Thoughts on Gemini Man

Characters – Henry Brogan is a government assassin, the best assassin, only now he wants to retire because he doesn’t want to make a mistake, which he saw nearly happen on his last mission, he finds himself targeted by his former bosses that want to eliminate any loose ends, he uses his skills to fight back and stay alive. Junior is the cloned version of Henry that is younger fast and trained to be just as good if not better than Henry, he never knew this about himself and now he is stuck in the middle of completing his mission or learning the truth. Danny is a young agent that started as surveillance of Henry, but ends up fighting next to him to remain alive. Clay Verris runs the Gemini Project, he has raised Junior to be his own son and will do anything to keep America safe from anybody he sees as a threat.

PerformancesWill Smith in the leading role or roles, here is trying his best to recapture the magic that once made him the biggest star in the world, sadly he just doesn’t seem to be able to play the serious action roles the way he can handle the funny ones. Mary Elizabeth Winstead does well in her supporting role, handling the action well through the film, while Clive Owen just becomes the typical villain he can do in his sleep.

StoryThe story here follows a former government assassin that gets burned when he tries to retire and now he must go on the run with the very man hunting him being his younger clone from a project he never knew was real. This does try to spin another way of doing the burnt assassin who wanted out only to see his employer coming after him. We have seen the double idea before too, so we lose the originality idea too. We do have a lot of go to one location before heading to the next after having an action sequence of some sort. By the end of the story we just do the basics to give us a chance at a new technology rather than a new story.

Action/Sci-FiThe action scenes are interesting to see, we do get a great chase sequence through Columbia, while the rest are all designed to feel a lot more deadly than the last one, while the sci-fi side of the film seems to follow the idea that clones could be the future.

SettingsThe film does use plenty of settings, with each being used to give us a new action scene and that is about it.

Special EffectsThe effects are used to put the two Will Smith’s on screen together, which at times don’t look as good as they should be.

Scene of the Movie – Columbia chase.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The story just seems too slow.

Final Thoughts This is just another action film that is trying too hard to be different and only ends up failing to capture the magic of an action film.

Overall: Simple Action Film.