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Requiem for a Killer
Lucretia is a killer for hire. Specialised in poisoning and passionate about opera, she'll have to fulfill a difficult contract in the heart of the Swiss alps. Posing as a singer, Lucretia will have to appear on the scene of the higly exclusive Festival d'Ermeux and try to kill one of her partners: British bariton Alexander Child. Having recently acquired a Scottish distillery, he remains the only obstacle to a strategic pipeline project with considerable economic stakes; having recently won a tough legal battle against British Oil, their last resort is to eliminate him. Complicating everything is Rico, sent by the French contra-espionage, who tries to infiltrate the orchestra and stop the plot against Alexander Child.
Predictable yet efficiently-executed film about an assassin posing as a baritone at an opera where her target is also performing.
Requiem For A Killer misses the target by a country mile, but with Melanie Laurent slinking around doing her seductive thing there’s at least something pretty to look at. But that really is it!
Full Review at Filmjuice.com www.filmjuice.com/requiem-for-a-killer.html
Dull and unremarkable NIKITA imitation that feels more suited to the small screen than the big screen. There's a distinct lack of ambition on display, the characters are barely two-dimensional, and for supposedly the best assassin in the business, Melanie Laurent comes across as hopelessly incompetent.
melanie Laurant has proved herself the last 3 or 4 years, French films and the odd English language film coming out after her breakthrough in Inglorious Basterds, but this film from last year shows where she could be heading if not careful, this is quite dull in places and while there is a hook, Laurant isnt bad id say, and her as a assassin is a hook, but story and script just doesent do it, a crappy Nikita with none of that films flair id say.
- Night at the Crossroads
- Au nom de la loi
- Le chien jaune
- Song of the Streets
- The Hunt
All films released in the UK in 2012 seen by yours truly, in order of preference. Beyond the Top 20…
- A L'Aventure
- Alice in Wonderland: An X-Rated Musical Fantasy
- All About Eve
- Alyce Kills
The DVDs I own, minus the Criterion Collection, which can be found here: letterboxd.com/bulletproofqpid/list/my-criterion-collection/