Assassins (R) There’s so much dead air floating around in this icy-cool thriller that the director, Richard Donner, seems to be trying for an art-house version of his Lethal Weapon series (The 400 Blows to Your Head?). As a veteran hitman looking to get out of the business, Sylvester Stallone has a blase, can-I-go-to-my-trailer-now? attitude that almost passes for wit. Antonio Banderas, cackling like a hyena, is the psycho renegade bucking to take Stallone’s place by rubbing him out. Assassins has a few suspenseful confrontations, but to get to them you have to wade through countless scenes of monosyllabic brooding, all shot in the kind of elegantly sterile beige and slate tones that suggest someone’s half-baked idea of a ”minimalist” thriller. C
Genre: Action/Adventure, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Antonio Banderas, Julianne Moore, Sylvester Stallone; Director: Richard Donner; Author: Andy and Larry Wachowski; Producer (person): Andrew Lazar; Runtime (in minutes): 132; MPAA Rating: R
Posted October 20 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT
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