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Assassin's Bullet -- When jaded ex-pat embassy worker Robert Digs is tapped by a powerful ambassador to track down a shadowy assassin, he gets pulled into the seedy underbelly of Sofia, Bulgaria. During his investigation, Robert crosses paths with a number of shady characters

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Field Agent Robert Diggs walked away from his career in the FBI and accepted the position of Cultural Attaché in Sofia... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Christian Slater ... Robert

Donald Sutherland ... Ambassador Ashdown

Elika Portnoy ... Vicky

Timothy Spall ... Dr. Kahn

Bashar Rahal ... Abdullah Said

Mariana Stanisheva ... Zoey
Ivaylo Geraskov ... Aleks
Marian Valev ... Spasov
Kiril Efremov ... Boris
Yordanka Angelova ... Gypsy Woman
Vassil Mihajlov ... Host (as Vasil Mihaylov)
David Krumov ... Pavel
Martin Ghiaurov ... Muslim Man #2
Filip Avramov ... Muslim Man #1
Petio Petkov ... The Turk (as Petyo Petkov)
Margarita Dilova ... Young Vicki - 9 Years
Kalina Stancheva ... Young Vicki
Stoyan Aleksiev ... Male Passenger (as Stoyan Alexiav)
Velislav Pavlov ... Suicide Bomber
Ivan Kotsev ... Vicky's Dad
Tanya Mickov ... Vicky' Mom (as Tanya Mitskov)
Paola Elenkova ... Abdullah Said Daughter
Milena Davidova ... Bellydancer #1
Anita Gaydarska ... Bellydancer #2
Margarita Georgieva Budinova ... Dancer
Petya Ivanova Popova
Ivelina Vasileva Mihaiova
Elitsa Olegova Pavlikenova
Alexandra Ivanova Ivanova
Boryana Borislavova Yankova
Desislava Ventsislavova Bekirska
Irina Lubomirova Stoimenova
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anelia Dyoulgerova ... Voice over actor
Ivan Sashov ... Turkish gangster (uncredited)
Velizara Stoyanova ... Waitress (uncredited)
Antoaneta Yordanova ... US Embassy Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Isaac Florentine 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nancy L. Babine 
Hans Feuersinger  screenplay
Elika Portnoy  story

Produced by
Sufo Evtimov .... line producer
Beau J. Genot .... associate producer
Patrick Jerome .... executive producer
David E. Ornston .... producer
Michael J. Urann .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Simon Stevens 
 
Cinematography by
Ross W. Clarkson 
 
Film Editing by
Irit Raz 
 
Casting by
Marianne Stanicheva 
 
Production Design by
Valentina Mladenova  (as Valya Mladenova)
 
Costume Design by
Irina Kotcheva 
 
Makeup Department
Antoaneta Andreeva .... key hair stylist
Angela Angelova .... assistant makeup artist
Mark Holloway .... makeup artist for Ms Portnoy
Yana Stoyanova .... makeup department head
Greta Velikova .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Sufo Evtimov .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katerina Atanasova .... third assistant director
Antony Tanev .... second assistant director
Paul Tennis .... first assistant director
Mariana Vodenicharova .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Atanas Apostolov .... additional stand-by props
Dirk Buchmann .... property master
Rositsa Ivanova .... scenic artist
Yordan Petrov .... stand-by props
Emil Shmidt .... production buyer
Kristian Stoyanov .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Joshua Adeniji .... sound designer
Joshua Adeniji .... sound effects editor
Boris Atanasov .... boom operator
Scott Brewster .... adr recordist
Nash Cubero Jr. .... foley editor
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Derek Deitz .... foley mixer
Emil Evtimov .... sound mixer
Brent Findley .... supervising sound editor
Trevor Gates .... sound editor
Jason Gaya .... additioal re-recording mixer
Matthew Gionet .... adr programmer
Angela Hemingway .... dialogue & adr editor
Angela Hemingway .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Steven Iba .... adr mixer
Daniel Norwick .... sound editor
Chris Terhune .... sound editor
Kelly Vockel .... assistant dialogue/adr editor
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Kantardjiev Anton .... digital compositor
Simeon Asenov .... visual effects art director
Angelina Borisowa .... visual effects editorial
Maria Boyuklieva .... digital compositor
Galina Chaneva .... digital compositor
Scott Coulter .... visual effects producer
Nikolay Gachev .... visual effects supervisor
Vasil Galabov .... visual effects coordinator
Georgi Gavanozov .... visual effects artist
Sofia Gesheva-Aleksieva .... digital compositor (as Sofia Aleksieva)
Dobromir Hristov .... rotoscoping supervisor
Rosen Ivanov .... digital compositor
Delyan Ketipov .... lead compositing artist
Nikolay Kolev .... digital compositor
Kalin Krumov .... digital compositor
Silviya Mariyanova .... visual effects project coordinator
Jordan Markov .... director operations: WorldWide FX
Radoslav Misarokov .... visual effects project manager
Svetoslav Mitev .... visual effects coordinator
Diana Moneva .... digital compositor
Encho Nedevski .... digital compositor
Vladimir Nikolov .... visual effects coordinator
Nikolay Pachov .... visual effects editor
Milena Peneva .... visual effects coordinator
Nick Peshunoff .... vfx coordinators and qc supervisor
Iavor Radev .... lead visual effects coordinator
Rob Rossi .... main titles designer
Boris Sokolov .... compositor
Georgi Staikov .... visual effects artist
Adriyana Tsvetanova .... lighting artist
Desislava Valcheva .... digital compositor
Valeria Valeva .... digital artist
 
Stunts
Boyan Anev .... stunts
Asen Asenov .... stunts
Dimiter Doichinov .... stunts
Zahari Grozdanov .... stunts
Radoslav Ignatov .... stunts
Borislav Iliev .... assistant stunt coordinator
Danko Jordanov .... stunts
Georgi Manchev .... stunt performer
Stilyan Mavrov .... utility stunts
Radoslav Parvanov .... stunts
Stanimir Stamatov .... stunts
Georgi Stanislavov .... stunt rigger
Vencislav Stojanov .... stunts
Kaloian Vodenicharov .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Anton Ivanov .... electrician
Tsvetan Kostov .... grip
Grigor Kumitski .... first assistant camera
Vladislav Mateev .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Neven Mihailova .... camera operator: "b" camera
Todor Panovski .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Ivan Pavlov .... electrician
Georgi Petkov .... key grip
Valentin Tcankarski .... electrician
Alexandre Trenev .... electrician
Georgi Vasillev .... epk cameraman
Georgi Vasillev .... still photographer
Kiril Velichkov .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Katerina Goranova .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Velemira Petkova .... costume supervisor
Georgi Petrov Yakimov .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Eliot Milbourn .... additional colorist
Misha Tenenbaum .... additional editor
 
Music Department
Alex Menck .... music consultant
Patrícia Portaro .... music clearance
 
Transportation Department
Trayan Anachkov .... driver
Trayan Anachkov .... transportation
Nikolai Milev .... driver: cast
 
Other crew
Melanie Myburgh .... producer's representative
Violeta Piperevska .... production coordinator
 

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Also Known As:
"Sofia" - USA (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence
Runtime:
USA:89 min
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So bad, it made the entire theater smell foul, 6 July 2014
Author: The Last Baron from Oman

What's not to like, I thought? It's got big names - Christian Slater, Donald Sutherland, Timothy Spall; it has action and the plot sounds feasible, plus it's in Sofia, which I have never seen...

Well, here's the truth: The rest of the cast is world-famous, too (in Bulgaria). The plot is so bad, I often found myself wondering if this was a high school drama class group project - you know, "Class, write your own screen play."

We open with a gent carrying an ominous briefcase entering a restaurant, apparently in Paris. A little girl swings nearby, giddily laughing and staring at her parents nearby... it is so obvious that the man with the briefcase must be an Islamic terrorist that the constant repetition of the scene throughout the film makes the penultimate bombing flashback completely anticlimactic.

This little girl is reintroduced to us in three incarnations - an ESL teacher in Sofia, as an exotic (but putrid) belly-dancer in what apparently is supposed to be the closest thing Sofia has to a titty-bar, and as a brazen, sunglasses-wearing stereotypical ice-cold killer assassin. The oh-so-clever use of wigs apparently is supposed to not only fool main protagonist Christian Slater into believing the woman to be separate people, but also the audience at large, and the rest of the cast as well.

The assassin, we are told, is a vigilante who has apparently been picking off Islamic fundamentalist targets one by one. We are privy, however, to the fact that she gets her targets via mysterious mobile phone texts.

Enter Donald Sutherland as the U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria, who is Christian Slater's boss. Slater is an attaché at the embassy who is mainly concerned with the spread of English as a Second Language teaching in Bulgaria. Ambassador Sutherland decides that Slater should instead work with the (crooked, of course) Bulgarian police to solve the killings, because, after all, local authorities are incompetent (Bulgarians). Slater is, you see, an ex-FBI agent who left "the Bureau" because his wife and child were killed earlier and he is "trying to forget" everything. Mind you, this is dribbled out bit by bit throughout this long-winded, badly written epic production.

Intermingled with all this exciting (yawn!) action is a bunch of scenes with Timothy Spall, who is apparently a brilliant psychiatrist who just happens to be befriended with Slater's character and just happens to be the shrink of the wig-wearing assassin in all three of her persona. He, like everyone else in the film, is totally surprised by her cunning use of different wigs and has no clue the three patients are all one and the same person, probably because he spends most of the sessions with them "perfecting" really bad pencil sketches of them instead of actually asking them any deep questions.

Slater meets the wig-wearing wonder woman the first time at a very badly acted ESL school scene in which he is apparently functioning in his nebulous attaché capacity. He meets Wiggy the Assassin again with Timothy Spall as a belly dancer in scenes featuring the most appalling attempt by Slater to look as though he is not only in love, but in total lust, with her when she does some of the worst belly dancing ever caught on film. He is apparently supposed to be totally aroused by her even though his facial expression is more like someone who is about to vomit; perhaps the director should have asked Slater to achieve an erection and then zoomed in on the bulge in his trousers (if there is one big enough) to make perfectly clear that it is arousal he is trying to portray.

Intermingled between all these apparently human-interest building flashbacks and flash forwards, we are privy to the various assassinations and, bit by bit, how Wiggy came to be the apparently confused mess she is today. Each time she flashes back to her childhood in Paris, we see a little more of the bombing which killed her parents. Each time she goes to Spall the Shrink, she "blacks out" or "steps away," and occasionally we see flashbacks of her undergoing electroshock therapy or being confined in a padded cell in what is obviously a mental institution.

Everything culminates in the climactic "final" assassination: Wiggy is tasked with bumping off a bigwig "Islamic terrorist leader" who arrives in Sofia to fire up the "troops" so that "Islam can take over the world." Slater, who has in the meantime put together (in a host of very bad scenes of his doing supposed detective work at his embassy desk) that Wiggy's three persona might be the same person thanks to a faded tattoo on her right upper buttock, happens to catch sight of her and tails her to the site of the planned assassination. Here, the two of them engage in some very badly acted oriental martial arts style hand to hand combat which involves steel pipes placed handily on the ground nearby. Slater gets his butt kicked, assassination goes forward, the end is nigh and I won't tell you any more than that. If you really want to know, watch it yourself; suffice it to say it is hokey in the extreme.

My advice to Donald Sutherland: Find a new accountant if you needed the cash badly enough to be talked into making this dog. Same for Slater, along with the counsel that he may not want to do anymore scenes in which he is supposed to be in lust, smitten or horny for a woman as nobody was buying it. To the screen play author: Please don't quit your day job; your efforts are in vain and wasted. You have no talent; please refrain from further writing!

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