Assassin movie

‘Assassin’ (2023). Movie Review: A Good Premise… Wasted




Assassin is a sci-fi thriller directed by Jesse Atlas starring Bruce Willis and Dominic Purcell.

Assassin leads us, admittedly poignantly, to the terrible conclusion that a science fiction film can be anything but pedestrian.

And this one has that terrible flaw – that it contains no new ideas other than in its initial premise.

The rest, scenes strung together are more or less well done.

Assassin movie

Film Review

It starts out from a good idea that, carried forward with absolutely no originality, limits itself to ticking off the passing minutes and burning itself up upon the assumptions of a thriller that, scene by scene, is not bad, but lacks substance when viewed as a whole.

A film that does not want to, does not know how to – or just simply fails to – stand out and make an impact, a film shot with the lightness of a professional who performs a routine, office job, almost reluctantly and waiting for a new and more interesting project.

We must insist, and repeat: a non-brilliant ending to the career of a good actor who was the most notable action movie protagonist, and who, now his illness has been made public, the studios take advantage of to release what will be his last performances, a film every two months.

This is not one of the worst, but that doesn’t make it a good movie, either.

We regret not being able to salvage it for the sake of good-guy Bruce.

Movie Trailer

Release Date

March 31, 2023

The Cast

Andy Allo / Mali
Bruce Willis / Valmora
Mustafa Shakir / Sebastian

Dominic Purcell / Adrien

Fernanda Andrade / Olivia
Barry Jay Minoff / Marko

Hannah Quinlivan / Special Agent
Vanessa Vander Pluym

Nomzamo Mbatha / Alexa
Eugenia Kuzmina / Russian Alexa


Movie title: Assassin

Movie description: A private military operation invents futuristic microchip tech that enables the mind of an agent to inhabit the body of another person to carry out covert, deadly missions. But when an agent is killed during a secret mission, his wife takes his place in an attempt to bring the man responsible to justice.

Date published: March 31, 2023

Country: United States

Director(s): Jesse Atlas

Writer(s): Jesse Atlas, Aaron Wolfe

Cinematography: Bryan Koss

Music: Mark Tewarson

Actor(s): Nomzamo Mbatha, Dominic Purcell, Bruce Willis, Mustafa Shakir, Andy Allo, Fernanda Andrade, Eugenia Kuzmina

Genre: Thriller

Companies: Altamira Media, Brickell & Broadbridge International, Endless Media, Buffalo 8 Productions, Saban Films, Brickell & Broadbridge, Front Row Filmed Entertainment

Our Opinion

Assassin leads us, admittedly poignantly, to the terrible conclusion that a science fiction film can be anything but pedestrian.


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