‘The Killer’ by David Fincher is now available in the Netflix originals catalog and is one of the best films of 2023 and the director’s filmography.
After the little success in criticism and reception it had mank in 2020, David Fincher is back to prove that he is one of the best directors of his generation, capable of exploring different narratives through stories that, in one way or another, define the human condition on a particular and universal level. And this 2023 he does it with Killer.
However. We are sure that when they finish watching The Killerstarring Michael Fassbender, you will feel like you haven’t seen a Fincher film. Or rather, it is very different in terms of editing or rhythm by maintaining an extremely monotonous tone with high peaks led by action scenes that, truly, are spectacular.
However, The Killer is the film that could best define Fincher’s cinema, how his mind works, his infamous obsession with details and even his hatred for making movies. And that makes it one of the most outstanding productions not only of his filmography, but of this 2023 (and these two virtues also translate to Fassbender’s work).
What is David Fincher’s The Killer about?
The Killer introduces us to a hitman, without a name, who is in Paris. He rented an empty office across from a building where his next target will eventually arrive. These are days of waiting, of observing, of sitting hours in front of the room or apartment where the “victim” is going to arrive while listening to the complete discography of The Smiths.
While we recognize his routine, the murderer does a series of monologues or reflections that reveal to us his philosophy, we understand first, to be a “good” murderer. But as the film progresses, we discover that it is a modus operandi that applies to any profession. But now we come to that.
The murderer talks about physical fatigue that comes from doing nothing. Control your body with a heartbeat count. The false idea of the existence of justice, karma and luck. The need to go unnoticed, not to be seen, or better yet, not to be memorable.
But above all things, he tells us about his contact with the world: “Fight only the battle you’re paid to fight. Forbid empathy. Empathy is weakness. Weakness is vulnerability“. And his routine: “Stick to your plan. Anticipate, don’t improvise. Trust not one. Never yield an advantage”.
Nothing can be personal. But after he fails to kill his target in Paris, For the murderer it is impossible to follow a plan, to anticipate, not to improvise on the fly, not to take advantage of an advantage. Everything becomes personal, the worst mistake you can make despite the denial of your situation.
But the interesting thing is that Not only does it become very personal because the same people who hired him now seek to kill him for failing. It is personal because your life depends on your work. Of everything he does for someone else, he must now do it for himself. And isn’t this what ordinary, ordinary, hard-working people experience in any workplace?
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