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. Presumably due to the similarity to Killing Eve (2018), 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 »


''Count no man happy until the end is known'' wasn't said by Croesus as Ava claims. It was said by Solon about Croesus. See more »


[last lines]
Simon: I understand why you'll will want to take your time
Ava: Shall we count to five?
Simon: Why not
Ava: One
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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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Quite generic and nothing special, but entertaining in the moment
20 December 2020 | by ethanbresnettSee all my reviews

Ava is one of those films that is enjoyable, but will quickly be forgotten. It doesn't have any major or glaring flaws, but equally it doesn't have anything extra special that makes it stand out.

I absolutely love Jessica Chastain as an actress, and so she was the highlight for me. I thought she brought a good performance to a character who, despite not being too developed, had enough to maintain my interest.

The story felt very familiar. If you're into the action genre, you won't find anything ground breaking here. That's not to say it wasn't enjoyable. It was fun to watch, it just hasn't left a lasting impression on me.

In terms of the action, once again it was exciting, but it wasn't anything new. There were some pretty decent set pieces and some good fight choreography, and the action was well paced throughout.

Ultimately I'm happy I watched Ava. It kept me entertained for an hour and a half, and at the end of the day isn't that why we watch films?

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Release Date:

25 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »


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$170,349, 27 September 2020

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