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3 November 2017. It's important to be aware that this movie is not an action movie, but a dramatic thriller. With the word Assassin in the movie title, there's an implicit bias towards believing that this movie will be full of sophisticated violence in the mold of Haywire (2010) or La Femme Nikita (1990). Instead what this predominately Israeli production offers is a drama involving a woman who apparently is trapped in a vicious criminal gang who forces her to do awful things. As such, the storyline actually involves two women, both having to contend with their own abusive situations.
The forlorn musical score along with a strong script involving the plight of a ordinary, but rather good looking females facing very difficult life decisions tugs at the heart and thrills with the unknown outcome and life choices facing each women. This is a straight forward no-nonsense look at human trafficking and domestic violence along with a gun for added suspense. Additionally, in a moving and riveting musical number with the ending credits, Ninette Tayeb who played the principal role of Elinor, that she wrote and sang. Rarely has the lyrics during an ending credits been so intertwined with the movie itself that it actually becomes part of actual movie as a lyrical scene unto itself.
Most audience members who come into this movie with preconceptions might easily be quite disappointed with what they experienced to what they wanted to see. Nevertheless, the movie itself, such disappointments can't take away the definite foreign flavor of this intense and moving movie. The only few problems with the movie might include the over-use of the same lonely and sad melody which could have been remedied with perhaps one additional piece, the almost unbelievable gun battle scenes with what might be considered too many against one, and finally the surprising absence of local security or rapid response around various public places considering this movie supposedly takes place in Israel, not the most safest place in the world.
However, these few weaknesses don't really diminish the captivating storyline, the human interest and internal struggle of these two women who have to make tough decisions against great odds.
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