Full Time Killer - (Import DVD)
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Jason, Bellville. 26 February 2010
An older, established assassin is marked by a flashier - but no less effective - newcomer for his number one spot. If this premise sounds familiar then sit tight, because there's more. You also get homages from other violent movies ranging from Pulp Fiction to The Professional to Terminator II, coupled with the self-aware genre depreciating savvy of the Scream trilogy and even a nod or two to The Usual Suspects at the end. This is just the garnish of course; at the core is an action ballet in the Hong Kong tradition (i.e. better than most) even if there are a few lapses in logic. Why, for instance, can the assassin accurately fire a shotgun at a target over 100 metres away but not at close range in a narrow passageway? Suspension of disbelief it is then.
There's a mild theme of isolation running throughout in the depiction of the vague identities of the three main characters, and well it does well to prevent the film from degrading to a mere sequence of action pieces and and to maintain interest in said characters.
There have been better movies, but there have also been many more worse examples of the genre.