Magazine article Screen International

Assassin's Bullet

Magazine article Screen International

Assassin's Bullet

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Dir: Isaac Florentine. US. 2012. 91mins

Smart Bulgarian locations, a strongish cast and a dash of female assassin action help make Assassin's Bullet a tantalising - if all rather predictable - action thriller, driven mainly by some game enthusiasm from lead actress Elika Portnoy, who was involved in scripting this vehicle for her talents.

There are moments of frenetic gunplay and martial arts action.

Christian Slater, Timothy Spall and Donald Sutherland help give this Euro-set thriller a dash of class, but there is not getting away from that fact that it is more straight-to-home entertainment B-movie fare, despite a brief US theatrical platform from August 3.

Portnoy, who is in Femme Nikita mode for Assassin's Bullet, stars as a troubled assassin named Vicky - a suicide bomber killed her parents when she was a child - who is on a mission to take out Muslin jihadists.

In the Bulgarian capital of Sofia she comes across then equally damaged former FBI agent Robert (Christian Slater), who has headed to Eastern Europe in a bid to get over the shooting of his wife some four years earlier. …

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