|The Assassins (2012)|
|Starring:||Chow Yun-fat, Liu Yifei, Hiroshi Tamaki, Annie Yi, and Qiu Xinzhi|
Unfortunately, the sterile and polished look of the film is not enough to guarantee interesting subject matter. The general beats of the film are easy enough to spot and the dedication to formula ultimately hurts the movie. Although it occasionally holds a few surprises, The Assassins can not outrun being relatively predictable. Despite the overencumbered plots and subplots, an astute audience member will see the patterns unfurling within the early half of this movie. During the first half of the movie we see armies attempting to assassinate the Chancellor (Chow Yun-fat), and it is evident that they are not likely to succeed since their whole purpose was to act as a plot device for our lead character to say “if an entire platoon can’t kill him, how will I?” Also, the bullying from Chow Yun-Fat’s character is very typical of films such as this. His character acts by the typical code of all tyrants and many of his moves throughout the film can be calculated by an attentive audience member. To be sure though, any audience member who hopes to keep up with The Assassins is going to have to remain quite attentive to all of the random plots and subplots that flow into and out of the story.