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Bang on target – The Killer on Netflix review | Films | Entertainment


From this week on, I will never hear How soon is Now? not to see Michael Fassbender shoot a prostitute through the chest with a sniper rifle.

It’s far from the only song with the indie icons in director David Fincher’s slick, brutal and utterly brilliant action film. The eponymous hit man Fassbender is a stone-cold Smiths nut and uses a collection of their hits to slow his heart rate as his finger twists on the trigger.

It’s surprising how well Morrissey’s tortured courtesans and Marr’s wailing guitars fit Fincher’s carefully crafted kills.

The killer also loves the sound of his own voice. With a hilarious opening, he is sitting in an office building in Paris, patiently waiting for his victim to appear in the window of the five-star hotel across the street.

To kill time, he is setting out his philosophy in a hard-boiled inner monologue. “Expect, don’t improvise” and “Forbid empathy” are his two favorite maxims. Although the film is not full of emotion, you may still find yourself rooting for this extraordinary hero.

But, when he accidentally shoots his female companion, the killer becomes the target and his client tries to erase all links to the assassination.

The beaten man’s plan is to get there first. A globe-trotting mission takes him to the Dominican Republic, Florida and New Orleans to find the fixers, the contestants and the client.

An icy encounter with Tilda Swinton and a brutal altercation with Sala Baker are playfully staged.

The second occurs when The Antiques Roadshow plays on a TV set, forever linking brutal violence with Fiona Bruce.

The Killer, Cert 15, On Netflix now

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