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.

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

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Due to his history with domestic violence and public pressure, Matthew Newton stepped down from writing and directing the film. See more »


Duke orally states a different management code than the one displayed as his on the file materials in the title montage. See more »


[last lines]
Duke: Tell her I'm sorry I won't be there to see her cut your heart out
Simon: Will Do
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Crazy Credits

Ava's life story is told in news clips during the opening credits See more »


Written by Will Gregory (as William Gregory) and Alison Goldfrapp
Performed by Goldfrapp feat. David Gahan (as Dave Gahan)
Courtesy of Mute
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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User Reviews

Worth a watch but don't expect cinema gold
13 April 2021 | by wmwheeler8See all my reviews

This movie follows an assassin (Chastain) with a morality complex, alcohol and family problems, and questioning her own purpose. She is faced with her employers decision that she is now a liability and needs to be "closed".

Really the story isn't bad, but there is a looming overall question of how we got to this point that is only vaguely mentioned. The story moves along quick only giving the viewer enough plot not to question it. Not bad action. Chastain holds her own. Worth a go.

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Release Date:

25 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$170,349, 27 September 2020

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2.39 : 1
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