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Dinner with an Assassin (2005)

R | | Action, Drama
Mark is a young assassin hired to take out members of a large drug syndicate. But, he bumps into a mysterious woman and falls for her. Instead of just doing his job Mark throws caution into... See full summary »

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Ray Arroyo ...
Floyd
Dexter Brown ...
Kane
Jennifer Brown ...
Shaunda
John Jet
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Vicious (as James A. Lee)
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Seth
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Mark is a young assassin hired to take out members of a large drug syndicate. But, he bumps into a mysterious woman and falls for her. Instead of just doing his job Mark throws caution into the wind and breaks all the rules of an assassin to meet her. Now, he finds himself caught between love and a group of assassins hired to take him out. Written by Bobby Guions

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Action | Drama

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Rated R for violence and some language
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Not worth the 90 minutes.
24 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

Just like most indie films, the cover looked enticing. I'm going to start with the downsides, then talk about the better parts.

Right away, one can tell that this was filmed on a 1 CCD MiniDV camera. Almost all the speech is ADR - definitely using an omni-mic on set. The music was clearly done by an amateur in some sound effects program, with a few samples. The ambient noise varies from one shot to the other, creating obvious cuts. One can often tell that multiple "locations" were made from the same room. To computer effects were extremely obvious, and the lack of props and squibs was almost painful. The speech was very uneasy, and the acting was simply poor; I would credit the vocal aspect of this to the ADR. Unfortunately, where there was ADR, it was very poorly lip-sync'd. Shots were carried out far too long, and the camera was much too stationary. Furthermore, anyone who studies martial arts would know that hanging your head un-realistically low while walking around with sun glasses, a trench coat and black sweater on is completely foolish. Not to mention not holstering your gun... though I suppose a martial arts master wouldn't need one, now would he? Through a less technical look... The story was told to you, not shown to you. The plot was very shallow, and each "major" point was rather minor. I would say there was about 15 minutes of actual content.

Now the good parts: They did it without much cash, it got published, and they put effort into it.


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