‘The Killer’ Review: A Slick Thriller Crafted With Meticulous Care

The Killer

For over 30 years, David Fincher has created some of the best features of the modern era. With movies such as Zodiac and The Social Network in his filmography, Fincher has established himself as an important voice within the world of cinema. Following his previous project, Mank, the aforementioned filmmaker has now returned with a brand-new movie. Led by Michael Fassbender, The Killer is a slick thriller crafted with meticulous care. A captivating experience on many different levels, this is the kind of film that many will adore.

Following a hit gone wrong, a seasoned assassin struggles to stick to his code as he finds himself in an international manhunt. The titular hitman is played by Michael Fassbender. He is supported by Charles Parnell, Arliss Howard and Tilda Swinton.

The Killer tells the story of a calm and collected individual. A professional at the top of his game. At least, that is how Fassbender’s character views themselves. While another filmmaker may have constructed a movie about a bad-ass hitman who never makes mistakes, Fincher has instead created a narrative with much more depth.

As we listen to the protagonist’s internal monologue, it is clear that they view themselves quite highly. However, as the plot unfolds, we soon learn that this assassin isn’t as masterful as he thinks he is. This dichotomy between his internal self and the actions that take place act as a wonderful throughline for the story. This is not to say that this assassin isn’t one of the best, because he does prove his expertise many times over. Although, it is in the moments where he fumbles that he becomes far more interesting (and often surprisingly funny).

As told via chapters, the arrangement of this film is clean and polished. Injected with the fantastic score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and beautifully photographed by Erik Messerschmidt, this is not a movie with many errors in the area of production. In fact, when you combine these elements with the film’s efficient script, Fassbender’s excellent performance and Fincher’s masterful directing, there aren’t many mistakes to be found here.

The Killer is a feature worthy of David Fincher’s famous filmography. Precise and crafted by a filmmaking team firing on all cylinders, this movie will likely end up being one of 2023’s best.