“The Killer” is a 2023 American neo-noir action thriller film directed by the renowned David Fincher, known for his cinematic mastery. The screenplay is crafted by Andrew Kevin Walker, adding depth to the story. This gripping film draws its inspiration from the French graphic novel series of the same name, penned by Alexis “Matz” Nolent and brought to life through the artistic talents of Luc Jacamon.
“The Killer” premiered at the prestigious 80th Venice International Film Festival on September 3, 2023, adding to its acclaim. It made its limited theatrical debut on October 27, 2023, providing audiences with a chance to experience its intense storytelling on the big screen. For those who prefer streaming, the film will be available on Netflix starting November 10, 2023.
The Killer Info
|R (Strong Violence|Language|Brief Sexuality)
|Mystery & thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
|Andrew Kevin Walker
|The Killer by Alexis “Matz” Nolent and Luc Jacamon
|Michael Fassbender, Arliss Howard, Charles Parnell, Kerry O’Malley, Sala Baker, Sophie Charlotte, Tilda Swinton
|Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
|Plan B, Boom! Studios, Panic Pictures (II)
|Venice (September 3, 2023), United States (October 27, 2023), Netflix (November 10, 2023)
|1 hour 58 minutes
The Killer Story
The story revolves around a mysterious and skilled assassin, portrayed by the brilliant Michael Fassbender. His life takes a perilous turn when a hit doesn’t go as planned, leading him into a high-stakes international manhunt. Amidst the chaos, he vehemently insists that this mission is devoid of personal motives.
The Killer Release Date
“The Killer” made its grand debut at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on September 3, 2023, marking a significant moment. Surprisingly, it was also chosen for a special screening at the 71st San Sebastián International Film Festival on September 30, 2023. Moreover, the film received an invitation to the 28th Busan International Film Festival in the ‘Icon’ section and was screened on October 6, 2023.
The movie commenced a limited theatrical release via Netflix on October 27, 2023, providing cinephiles with a chance to enjoy it on the big screen. Subsequently, it became available for streaming on the platform on November 10, 2023.
The Killer Trailer
The Killer Review
A Masterful Cinematic Achievement “IMDb user’s“
The Killer, with the tagline “Execution is everything,” encapsulates the essence of this film and the meticulous craftsmanship of its director, David Fincher.
In this masterpiece, David Fincher’s precision and attention to detail are on full display, mirroring the exacting nature of the film’s main character. It’s like a guidebook on how to create a visually flawless film. The level of thought and care put into every frame left me in awe while watching in the theater. The experience was so gripping that I found myself with goosebumps, immersed in the film’s atmosphere and beauty.
The Killer stands as one of Fincher’s most introspective works. He maintains his signature dark and gritty style but with a touch of restraint and introspection. With surgical precision, he weaves a captivating character study that delves into the addictive nature of personal vendettas, the mental fortitude required in a dangerous profession, and the emotional control needed to survive. The film’s heartbeat can be felt in its sound design, rhythmic editing, and the calm yet haunting narration by Michael Fassbender, who matches Fincher’s meticulous approach. The story explores a world where taking a life is as easy as it is unpredictable, delivering a truly nerve-wracking experience.
It’s a remarkable addition to the world of cinema, and as a film enthusiast, I couldn’t be happier. When favorite directors like Fincher create such exceptional work, it fills my cinematic heart with joy.
The Killer Cast
|The Lawyer – Hodges
|The Client – Claybourne
|Deep South Lounge Greeter
|Airline Ticket Agent
|Paloma Palacio Colon
|FedEx Clerk (as Lia Michelle Lockhart Perez)
|Taxi Dispatcher (as Rafael Arturo Duvergé Ortiz)
|United Ticket Agent (as Genesis Cristal Estevez Jimenez)
|Leroy Edwards III
The Killer Production
The Killer Development
In November 2007, news broke that David Fincher would helm the adaptation of the French comic book “The Killer.” The project had Allesandro Camon writing the script, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment producing, and Paramount Pictures distributing. Fast forward to February 2021, Fincher shifted the project to Netflix, signing a significant deal. Andrew Kevin Walker took over the script, and Michael Fassbender was eyed for the lead role. In June, it was announced that Fincher intended to start filming in Paris in November 2021, with the talented cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt on board. Notably, Tilda Swinton joined the cast in October.
The Killer Filming
Principal photography commenced in November 2021 in the enchanting backdrop of Paris. A brief stint of filming also occurred in St. Charles, Illinois, for ten days in March 2022, before wrapping up later that month.
The Killer Music
In February 2023, it was confirmed that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross were crafting the film’s music. Additionally, in September 2023, it was revealed that the movie’s soundtrack would feature songs from the renowned English rock band, The Smiths.
The Killer Reception (Critical Response)
On the widely-respected Rotten Tomatoes website, 88% of 98 critics’ reviews conveyed a positive outlook, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The site’s consensus praised director David Fincher for crafting a stylish and captivating thriller that perfectly complements Michael Fassbender’s performance.
Metacritic, utilizing a weighted average, awarded the film a score of 77 out of 100, based on 39 critic reviews, signifying a “generally favorable” reception.
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian, describing it as a “horribly addictive samurai procedural,” commended the film’s enjoyable absurdity and the unwavering dedication brought by Fassbender and Fincher to this intriguing narrative.
Ryan Lattanzio of IndieWire appreciated the film’s unfeeling yet daring simplicity, reminiscent of Fincher’s trademark style.