Tuesday, June 7, 2011
365 Movies Day #70 "The Assassin Next Door"
It seems Olga Kurylenko is officially on my radar now. The title doesn't do it justice. It makes it sound like an over the top action flick when it's more of a heady psychological drama...with the occasional shootout. Think of it as the Israeli "La Femme Nikita".
Basically the film is about a Russian girl (Kurylenko) who is running from her past and ends up being forced into work as an assassin for an Israeli crime boss. Her neighbor is a young woman in an abusive relationship and in need of a champion. Some wonderful elements of Israeli culture, serious looks at the price of killing and a great depiction of strong women in film.
As for Kurylenko, I've already talked about her a bit in reference to her role in "CENTURION", but for the average film goer, you may remember her as a Bond girl in "Quantum of Solace" or from her roles in "Hitman" and "Max Payne". Watching her in "Centurion" and "The Assassin Next Door" she is incredible.
THE ASSASSIN NEXT DOOR ON IMDB