Quirky Hitman movies are a dime a dozen. Just throw a rock into your local Blockbuster and you’re liable to land one or two or a dozen in one landing. But the new movie “You Kill Me” has an ace up its sleeve — director John Dahl (“The Last Seduction”). If you know Dahl’s name, then you know “You Kill Me” won’t be your average Quirky Hitman movie. Continue on to our preview of “You Kill Me”…
Frank Falenczyk (Ben Kingsley) loves his job. He just happens to be the hit-man for his Polish mob family in Buffalo, New York. But Frank’s got a drinking problem and when he messes up a critical assignment that puts the family business in peril, his uncle (Philip Baker Hall) sends him to San Francisco to clean up his act. Played with gruff charm by Kingsley, Frank is not a touchy-feely kind of guy. But he starts going to AA meetings, gets a sponsor (played by Luke Wilson) and a job at a mortuary where he falls for the tart-tongued Laurel (T’a Leoni), a woman who is dangerously devoid of boundaries. Meanwhile, things aren’t going well in Buffalo where an upstart Irish gang is threatening the family business. When violence erupts, Frank is forced to return home and with an unlikely assist from Laurel, faces old rivals on new terms.
Stylishly directed by John Dahl (Rounders, The Last Seduction), You Kill Me is the story of what happens when two mismatched people find a common calling. With dead-on performances by Kingsley and Leoni, You Kill Me is a street-smart mob comedy that scores a direct hit.
“You Kill Me” opens in limited release on June 29th, 2007.