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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Sylvester Stallone
Antonio Banderas
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
Directors
Richard Donner
Screenwriters
Andy Wachowski
Larry Wachowski
Brian Helgeland
Larry Wachowski

Brian Helgeland
Running Time
132 minutes

Assassins
Tired hired-killer thriller.


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Plot
Sylvester Stallone plays the world's number-one hired killer, fending off lethal competition from Antonio Banderas' younger, more aggressive upstart.


Verdict
The action is stilted and infrequent, reduced to indifferent gun play, car chases and one standout explosion when a gas main ignites. Elsewhere it drags, waiting for very little to occur, culminating in a tragically weak conspiracy and twist.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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