The Killer - Review (London Film Festival 2023)
Stick to the Plan. 4 / 5
Directed by David Fincher.
After a fateful near-miss, an assassin battles his employers, and himself, on an international manhunt he insists isn’t personal.
David Fincher returns with a precise and brutal thriller about what happens when an assassin who obsesses over every little detail goes off plan.
This latest thriller from Fincher returns to his darker and more chaotic days when Fight Club arrived on the scene to be heard with impact. The Killer, although tonally similar, is a more subtle affair, attempting to hold itself back before occasionally bursting with sudden moments of chaos.
Michael Fassbender gives a mesmerising performance, pulling the audience along at breakneck speed. His slow and calm demeanour fades away over the film and everything around him - including the sound design - becomes distorted. He presents much of his dialogue directly to the audience, poking holes in his own narrative as the film's narrator.
The Killer may not be David Fincher at his best, but it certainly shows that he hasn't lost the sharp edge and attention to detail that made him the name he is today.