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Ava (2020)

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Ava is a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high profile hits. When a job goes dangerously wrong she is forced to fight for her own survival.


Tate Taylor


Matthew Newton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Chastain ... Ava
John Malkovich ... Duke
Common ... Michael
Geena Davis ... Bobbi
Jess Weixler ... Judy
Ioan Gruffudd ... Peter
Diana Silvers ... Camille
Joan Chen ... Toni
Colin Farrell ... Simon
Efka Kvaraciejus ... Alain
Christopher J. Domig ... Gunther
Michel Muller Michel Muller ... Teddy
Dieter Riesle ... Gunther's Officer
Aramis Merlin ... Gunther's Officer
Michael Guarnera ... Lobby Bartender


Lethally beautiful and incredibly efficient in her dangerous line of work, Ava, a taciturn lone wolf and cold-blooded assassin, is starting to develop a conscience. Having beaten her alcohol and substance dependence with the help of Duke, her grizzled mentor of death and father figure, more and more, unstable Ava lets guilt get in the way of closing her "deals", attracting unwanted attention by breaking protocol. As a result, after a botched attempt to liquidate a high-profile target, Ava reunites with her estranged family after eight long years of absence, unaware that she has just signed her death warrant. Now, as Ava tries to settle old scores and reconnect with her loved ones, every killer in the business is after her. Can Ava rely on Duke to have her back? Written by Nick Riganas

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Kill. Or Be Killed.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language throughout, and brief sexual material | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


During shooting, Ava's name was Eve. For unknown reasons, the studio decided to change the main character's name after the film wrapped. This then affected the title. Since all scenes were filmed prior to this decision, this presumably required cast to do additional audio or shooting. See more »


After the fight with Simon in the hotel room, Ava picks money, a gun and a passport from behind the minibar and puts it on top of it. In the next shot, these items have changed place. See more »


Bobbi: You should choose carefully what you tell me, Ava, because you can't un-say it, and I can't un-hear it.
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Written by Clovis Lemee
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Michael ruined the film!
26 August 2020 | by peter-laganisSee all my reviews

The first 30 minutes were really promising. Good action, suspenseful vibe, great acting... but as soon as one of the secondary character Michael appears, everything flops. Not only because of his insecure and awkwardly mediocre acting, which reminded me of some cheap drama or love story soap opera... but because he represents an entry point into Ava's past. A boring past which has nothing to add to the story or her character.

So if we crop off all the family stuff and stick to the action... then it could be a solid 7. In stead it is a poor 6.

Worth mentioning: Jessica Chastain and John Malkovich performances are great. Colin Farrell somehow sticks to his (good) average, but who really disappoints is Geena Davis. Her approach personally felt to me like "Let's make it clear - I'll say some words, get the money and leave."

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Release Date:

25 September 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$170,349, 27 September 2020

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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