The Killer — Netflix

Director David Fincher reunites with Se7en screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker for this moody noir about a vengeful hitman played with icy composure and black humour by Michael Fassbender. High on craft, with an impressive visual realisation that mirrors the dedication to his job of Fassbender’s unnamed protagonist, the film, adapted from a French graphic novel, follows the assassin for hire as he seeks vengeance on those responsible for putting his girlfriend in hospital. As he travels the world in search of his targets, accompanied by a pitch-perfect score from regular Fincher collaborators Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Fassbender takes some jabs at the shallowness of modern consumer society and keeps his killer laser focused on the job at hand, which, though it involves many of the tropes of the hitman genre, subverts expectations with effective slyness...

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