The Assassin

[a.k.a. Point of No Return]
Dir: John Badham
Star: Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Dermot Mulroney, Miguel Ferrer

[14] This must be the most pointless movie I've seen in a long time. As I'm sure you know, it's a remake of Luc Besson's Nikita, but while all the incidents are there, almost shot-for-shot, somewhere along the line, the tension, style and energy were removed wholesale. There is simply no edge left. Gabriel Byrne as "Uncle Bob" does his best, but Fonda lacks the necessary psychoses, and Badham fumbles a lot of sequences badly, especially the non-action ones. Very definitely third out of three as versions of Nikita go, it merely makes you realise how good the original was.


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