Assassin Club aims for thrills but misses the mark, winding up a disappointing and disjointed action flick. Despite a promising premise about a band of assassins who turn against each other, the movie fails to deliver an engaging story or memorable action sequences.
Henry Golding leads as Jamal, part of a group of assassins led by Ranking Roger (Richard Dreyfuss). When Jamal makes an unauthorized kill, it puts him in the crosshairs of his fellow assassin club members as they all turn on each other. Golding brings brooding intensity to the role, but can’t quite elevate the clichéd writing.
Much of the dialogue falls flat, with attempts at witty banter that don’t land. The club’s assassin characters should pop with personality, but few make meaningful impressions besides Dominic Cooper’s calculating Vincent and Noomi Rapace’s fierce Liz. Even the fight scenes, which should be adrenaline-fueled highlights, come off muddled and forgettable.
By the time the messy, convoluted story culminates in an underwhelming final act confrontation, Assassin Club has failed to deliver on its premise’s promise. The pieces were there for a slick, stylized assassin thriller, but inconsistent tones and lack of character depth assassinates any thrills. For a film about assassins, Assassin Club unfortunately seems to miss its target. While Golding has screen presence, even he can’t save this film that needed sharper writing and execution to live up to its potential.