Equal parts fresh observation and strained contrivance, Killer, a film noir with a twist, announces the promising directorial debut of Mark Malone. Pic features a mesmerizing central performance by Anthony LaPaglia as a nihilistic hit man and a solid one by Mimi Rogers as the femme fatale.
Mike (LaPaglia), the tough, cool hero (aka Bulletproof Heart), is the ultimate pro, supplying efficient services for big bucks. Real suspense begins when Mick is assigned a rather unusual duty: killing Fiona (Rogers), a mysterious femme who’s not only expecting him but is willing to be murdered.
The unity of the action, which takes place in one night in New York, adds to the film’s tightly controlled tension. Most of the scenes are set indoors, which makes the pic appropriately claustrophobic.
Unfortunately, the story [by Malone] falters severely in its mid-section, a long picnic in a cemetery in which Fiona suddenly disappears. But the pic regains its vitality and the tragic closure is satisfyingly coherent.