A review by Mike Shea Movie Rating: ( * * * · · ) DVD Rating: ( * * * · · )
Assassins is a fun movie that doesnt take itself too seriously but doesnt have that hard edge that a good John Woo film has. Silvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas are two rival assassins that seem to constantly be running into each other on the same "marks" (someone you kill in assassin-speak). Both do an excellent job playing the two characters, Stall one as Bath, the old time killer who is hunted by the ghost of his best friend, another assassin he shot. Banderas as Bain, the spanish hot headed killer who wants nothing more than to be the best killer in the world. For the most part the movie is mediocre with a lot of gunplay and car chases and Bond like spy stuff, but the movie does have one great scene where Bain is waiting to snuff Rath for a whole day in the sun. The DVD is anamorphic and has a nice Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack with a lot of surround work. There are no extras unfortunately. Overall it isnt up to the work of the other Wachowski movies (Matrix and Bound) but it is still not a bad time. Not near as good as John Woos "The Killer".