What’s cooler than a revenge story centered around a female assassin and her quest to save a battered housewife from her abusive relationship? Not much, really. Writer/director Danny Lerner’s sensitive action flick “The Assassin Next Door” (aka “Kirot”) sounds like a cross between “Le Femme Nikita” and “The Professional”, with a bit of good, old-fashioned human drama thrown in for good measure. Somewhere deep within the heart of France, action guru Luc Besson is kicking himself for not executing this intriguing concept himself. The embedded trailer is, simply put, fantastic, and should provide enough of an adrenaline boost to carry you through the rest of the morning. I make no promises.
Here’s a snazzy synopsis to help clarify the plot:
In an old apartment building on the wrong side of the tracks, two women, unknown to each other, live across the hall on the second floor. Galia is an assassin involved against her will with the local sex-traffic mafia. All she wants is to reunite with her little daughter that she left back home in Russia. Eleanor is a grocery store cashier and a battered wife. She dreams of winning the lottery and running away from her abusive husband. Galia and Eleanor don’t know each other, but as neighbors they share two things: an adjoining wall and a strong need to plan their escape. As Galia disobeys her latest contract, a woman target, and Eleanor discovers that she’s pregnant, the two women decide to take action against their oppressors in a fight for survival and freedom.
“The Assassin Next Door”, starring “Quantum of Solace” vixen Olga Kurylenko, will knock your proverbial socks off on August 27th. The trailer awaits.