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Review: The Killer

David Fincher’s latest cinematic offering, The Killer is a masterclass in suspense and visual storytelling. It lives up to the much built hype by Netflix.

Solitary, cold, methodical and unencumbered by scruples or regrets, a killer waits in the shadows, watching for his next target. Yet, the longer he waits, the more he thinks he’s losing his mind, if not his cool.

The Killer (2023) trailer

The Killer immediately grabs your attention with the impeccable sound design. From the subtle creaks in tense moments to the pulsating beats during action sequences, the auditory experience is nothing short of extraordinary. The soundscapes created enhance the overall atmosphere, immersing the audience deeper into the narrative. It’s a testament to Fincher’s meticulous attention to detail and his ability to utilize every cinematic element to heighten the viewing experience.

The lighting in the film is equally praiseworthy. Fincher, known for his distinctive visual style, once again proves his mastery in creating a mood through lighting. The interplay of shadows and strategically placed highlights not only adds to the suspense but also serves as a visual metaphor for the complex layers of the storyline. It’s a visual feast that elevates the film beyond its narrative, showcasing Fincher’s signature aesthetic.

Giving off vibes of Michael Mann’s “Collateral” and the John Wick series, yet Fincher manages to inject a unique subtlety that sets this film apart. The film’s atmosphere and pacing evoke echoes of Mann’s urban nocturnes, while the precision in the action sequences and the protagonist’s skillset resonate with the John Wick franchise. Even the TV Characters that Micheal Fassbender’s hitman takes on as aliases are like sparkly nuggets waiting to be discovered. However, Fincher brings his own touch of sophistication and nuance, creating a thriller that balances raw intensity with cerebral subtlety.

Michael Fassbender as an assassin in The Killer on Screen One
Michael Fassbender as an assassin in The Killer. Cr. Netflix ©2023

In the context of Fincher’s filmography, this latest endeavor stands tall among his other thrillers. While it may not reach the dizzying heights of “Se7en” or “Fight Club” in terms of cultural impact, it certainly holds its own as a meticulously crafted piece of cinema. The Killer successfully blends elements of psychological thriller and action, showcasing Fincher’s versatility as a director.

David Fincher’s The Killer is a triumph, thanks to its outstanding sound design, captivating lighting, a superb performance from Fassbender as the titular hitman and a narrative that skillfully treads the line between homage and innovation. Fans of Fincher’s previous works will find comfort in the familiar yet be treated to a fresh take on the thriller genre. It’s a cinematic experience that resonates with the echoes of great predecessors while firmly establishing its own place in the pantheon of Fincher’s filmography. Oh and The Killer is in no way suggesting that if you’re a fan of the Smiths, that you’re likely to be a psycho killer hitman…

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Killer is now available to stream on NETFLIX

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