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Asher (2018)

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An aging hitman's last job goes sideways, forcing him to redeem himself.

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Jay Zaretsky
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Cast

Credited cast:
Famke Janssen ... Sophie
Richard Dreyfuss ... Avi
Ron Perlman ... Asher
Jacqueline Bisset ... Dora
Peter Facinelli ... Uzi
Guy Burnet ... Lyor
Marta Milans ... Marina
Blake Perlman ... Hannah
Micah Hauptman ... Reuben
Jay Hieron ... Sammi
David Wohl ... Dr. Greene
Bobby Daniel Rodriguez ... Latin Man
Wyatt Lozano ... Mafia Bodyguard
Joseph Siprut ... Craig
Heidi Philipsen ... Rafi's Wife
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Asher (Ron Perlman) is a contract killer who's spent the better part of his life ending other lives, taking orders from Avi (Richard Dreyfuss). He lives a lonely existence, making friends out of fine wine and good food, resenting his apprentice, Uzi (Peter Facinelli), who's taking jobs from him due to youth. When Avi hands Asher three contracts for a revenge scheme, the hitman takes the job, only to lose consciousness due to health issues, making accidental contact with Sophie (Famke Janssen), a ballet teacher distraught over mother Dora (Jacqueline Bisset), who's losing her battle with dementia. Asher and Sophie make a connection, embarking on a tentative courtship where the murderer can't share anything about his life. As the pair work out their flirtations, Asher is forced to pair with Uzi on a group hit, and when that goes bad for a moment, the veteran soon becomes marked for death, threatening all the good that's come into his world. Written by blu-ray.com

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Some Things Get Better With Age

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Эшер See more »

Filming Locations:

Syracuse, New York, USA

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Ron Perlman in an interview with Collider said this is a passion project he has been trying to get off the ground for 10-13 years. See more »

Goofs

Twice, Asher gets his intended mark to open their door by blowing cigarette smoke at at fire system sprinkler head which sets off the fire alarm. This type of sprinkler head is activated by heat or flame, not smoke. See more »

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If the writing was better, this film would've been a hit.
14 December 2018 | by TheTopDawgSee all my reviews

It was good to see such great performances from Ron Perlman and Famke Janssen, but Richard Dreyfuss was about as convincing as his fake accent. The directing was right on point, as was the score. But the writing from amateur Jay Zaretsky is what killed this film. This was only his 2nd (first being a short) writing attempt, and although the story premise in itself was decent, the screenplay was terrible. This film needed a seasoned screenwriter to edit/cut out and speed up the overly slow paced and too long 117 min length down to 80-90 mins, as well as fix some of the poor dialogue. Had this film been played at 1.2x faster speed, it may have held my attention better. The entire last 15-20 mins only needed to be 5 min. Great to see Ron Perlman back on the big screen, need to see more of him in these type of roles, and hopefully we will. It's a 7/10 from me - would have been 8 or 9/10 had the screenplay been edited down and tighter.


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