The Killer Review: A Meticulous Study of Chaos and Consequence
Where stories of assassins and their cold-blooded pursuits have become almost a rite of passage for directors, David Fincher’s “The Killer” emerges as a meticulous study of a hitman’s descent into chaos. The film, which is based on a graphic novel by Alexis “Matz” Nolent, feels like a deep dive into Fincher’s psyche, reflecting his reputation as a filmmaker known for his precision and attention to detail.
The narrative unfolds around an assassin, played with chilling perfection by Michael Fassbender, who finds his world unraveling after a rare misstep. This isn’t the tale of a remorseful killer seeking redemption; rather, it’s a journey into the mind of a man who lives by the mantra “Forbid Empathy,” a deadly perfectionist whose life is defined by precision. The film’s opening sequence, set in Paris, is a tour de force in tension-building as we watch the assassin on a multi-day stakeout, blending into the background, waiting for the perfect moment to strike.
However, when the unexpected happens, and he misses his mark, hitting an innocent bystander instead of his intended target, the narrative takes a dark turn. The assassin knows the implications of his mistake and what it means for his future. Yet, instead of fleeing, he chooses to confront those who have betrayed him, leading to a series of events that are both thrilling and introspective.
Fincher’s portrayal of the assassin’s world is both detailed and immersive. The film delves deep into the psyche of its protagonist, exploring themes of obsession, perfectionism, and the nature of power. The cinematography, editing, and score, crafted by Fincher’s trusted collaborators, elevate the narrative, making “The Killer” a visual and auditory treat.
Yet, amidst the tension and drama, Fincher infuses the film with moments of dark humor. The assassin’s choice of disguises, his interactions with the world around him, and even his choice of music (The Smiths providing an unexpectedly fitting soundtrack) add layers to the narrative, making it as much a commentary on modern society as a thriller.
While many movies in this genre focus on action and spectacle, Fincher’s film is more introspective, delving deep into the mind of its protagonist. It challenges the audience to question their perceptions of morality and justice and in doing so, breaks the mold of traditional assassin films.
“The Killer” is a masterful blend of tension, drama, and introspection. Fincher’s meticulous direction, combined with Fassbender’s chilling performance, makes it a worthy watch. While some may find the film’s focus on procedure and precision a tad overbearing, it’s this very attention to detail that sets it apart.
RATING: 4.0 out of 5.
The Killer is now playing in theaters., and will stream on Netflix on November 10th, 2023.