Notable Cast: Christian Slater, Mariana Stanisheva, Donald Sutherland, Elika Portnoy, Timothy Spall
Isaac Florentine might not be a A-list director, but it’s hard not to love the fully embraced B-grade awesomeness of his previous films like “Ninja” and the “Undisputed” sequels. When I discovered it was the same Isaac Florentine that was behind this straight to video action thriller “Assassin’s Bullet,” the film went up my viewing queue pretty quickly. While the film was more of a thriller than action, it still very much catered to that same ridiculous vibe that the rest of his films do – albeit without as much of the charm.
When an Embassy worker (Slater) in Bulgaria is asked to assist local law enforcement hunt down a vicious assassin who has been targeting terrorist cells, he reluctantly agrees despite vowing to never do law enforcement again after the death of his wife and his retirement from the FBI.
In an interesting twist on my expectations of the film, there is actually two
leads to “Assassin’s Bullet.” While the cover art work and synopsis above might
indicate Mr. Christian Slater as our lone hero on the case, he mostly splits
time with the female lead Portnoy. While the Slater plot provides most of
the basic thriller elements as he investigates some deaths and haphazardly
sifts through a generic anti-hero character depression about his wife’s passing
and overcoming it, the Portnoy plot adds a more dramatic spin.
Unfortunately, she has a bit of trouble carrying the film with her acting and
the “twist” of the film is so ridiculously obvious that I failed to even
consider it as an option thinking it to be far too cliché for someone like
Florentine. It does create some unique plot crossovers that give the charming
Slater a bit to work with, but even the best efforts to create intrigue seem to
fall flat on this thriller portion.
|I had the same face when I found out Slater was still alive.|
|Donald Sutherland just found out Slater was still alive too (and sitting next to him.)|
|Never judge a person by the quality of their wig.|
Written By Matt Reifschneider