Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
The Killers is a black and white (no color), black comedy Indie film running at a little over 60 minutes about 2 hit men - Mike played by Matthew Jure, a hapless, indecisive, believable loser and Sean played by Ian Attfield, an ex-military man recruited by Mike - and their plans to stalk and then take out a mark that they were hired to kill.
The first half of the movie follows the 2 leads as they stalk their mark. This portion of the film can either be seen as a hit or miss depending on how the characters and dialogue are received by the viewer. If one doesn't find the 2 men interesting and their conversations about literally nothing enjoyable and funny, the movie will come off as boring and hard to watch. However, if one likes the unimportant banter about favorite foods, compensation for parking/lunch by the man that hired them (per diem), and other random things.. then the first half can be quite good. It's a toss up and I fell somewhere in between. Large portions of the first 30 minutes, especially a good 15 minutes at the start are focused only on the 2 leading men in a car parked outside the residence of the man they are shadowing - no other characters, no other backdrops - just chatting awkwardly about the mark's routine, about when to call it a night, about life, about food, etc...that's it.
The second half of the film is when things pick up and Mike introduces Sean to his girlfriend, Danielle (Anna Acton). Sean invites himself over for dinner, Danielle and Sean hit it off and they end up getting drunk together as Mike is left out as the third wheel & previous straight laced Sean becomes a bumbling, alcoholic, psychotic fool.
The second half of the film is also when the 2 hit men decide that it is time to go through with the murder and, as one can expect, things don't go as planned. These hapless hit men clearly don't know what they are doing and hijinks ensue. The ending sequences and conclusion are a bit abrupt but for a low budget Indie film I thought it was a decent effort. I didn't love this movie but I didn't dislike it either - it was merely okay... with the actors, especially Matthew Jure carrying the characters and the dialogue and making the most of it.
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