Review: ‘Killer’

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.

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.

Killer

Production

Keystone. Director Mark Malone; Producer Robert Vince, William Vince; Screenplay Gordon Melbourne; Camera Tobias Schliessler; Editor Robin Russell; Music Graeme Coleman; Art Director Lynne Stopkewich

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1994. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Anthony LaPaglia Mimi Rogers Matt Craven Peter Boyle Monika Schnarre Joseph Maher

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