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The Killer Soundtrack (2023)

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The soundtrack to The Killer includes many of The Smiths’s songs that that bring the scenes to life. The indie rock theme of the soundtrack takes the viewer through all the stages of a cold-blooded killer’s international manhunt. Curious about the soundtrack? Continue to read if you want to find out not only which The Smiths songs made the cut, but also about the movie’s cast and plot.
  1. Movie review
  2. Soundtrack review
  3. Additional songs
  4. About the composers
  5. Album details
  6. Movie trailer
  7. Movie information

Movie review

Centered around a cold-blooded and unemotional Michael Fassbender portraying a nameless yet meticulously efficient hired assassin, the film delves deep into the mystique of the assassin archetype while echoing the sophisticated cynicism often found in Fincher’s repertoire. With a verbose narrative and a soundtrack filled with the Smiths’ hits, the movie establishes a character who purposefully keeps both the world and the audience at a distance.

This killer comprehends the dire consequences of failure in his profession. When an unintended target falls by his hand, he must act swiftly and resolutely. The film maintains a grimly satisfying pace as the body count rises, but it truly shines with the inclusion of Tilda Swinton’s slippery cameo, infusing the movie with moments of wit, style, and playfulness that surpass the rest of the film.

From the viewpoint of the perpetrator, the film navigates the realm of violence with a sense of professionalism, gradually unraveling the sociopathic sense of self. Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of the unnamed hitman is both chilling and humanizing, showcasing a character as delusional as he is razor-focused.

“The Killer” proves to be an entertaining and crowd-pleasing spectacle that endures multiple viewings. It stands as a superior rendition of the hitman narrative, presented by a director whose aim, unlike his protagonist’s, seldom misses the mark.

Soundtrack review

David Fincher, the director of the movie, wanted to use a soundtrack that encompasses the full emotions of the killer. He used The Smiths’s songs as a tool for attracting the viewers into the story of the character. He declares: “I don’t think that there’s a library of music by recording artists that have as much sardonic nature and wit simultaneously [as the Smiths]. And we don’t get an awful lot of access to who this guy is. I thought through his mixtape it would be amusing, that that would be our window into him.”

Song credits - additional film music - songs that are not included in the official soundtrack list, but are playing in the movie.
Listen to full soundtrack songs (where available)

1. play Well I Wonder – The Smiths
[00:03’] The Killer listens to this song on headphones while practicing yoga.
2. play How Soon Is Now? (12’’ Version) – The Smiths
[00:18’] The Killer talks about music’s ability to help him stay focused.
3. play Hand In Glove – The Smiths
[00:30’] During the flight, the Killer listens to this song through headphones.
4. play Glory Box – Portishead
[00:33’] The Killer realizes that someone broke into his house. This song plays in the house when the killer is looking for his wife.
5. play Fiesta Latina – Qbanito
[00:41’] The Killer searches in the register of the taxi company.
6. play Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now – The Smiths
[00:49’] The Killer drives a white van to one of his warehouses in New Orleans.
7. play Girlfriend In a Coma – The Smiths
[00:51’] The Killer goes shopping after changing the registration numbers on the van.
8. play Shoplifters of the World Unite – The Smiths
[00:51’] Dolores is followed by the Killer when she walks into the office building.
9. play Unhappy Birthday – The Smiths
[01:04’] After the Killer pushes Dolores down the stairs.
10. play This Charming Man – The Smiths
[01:05’] The Killer listens to this song in the van at the port entrance.
11. play Can’t Help Myself (feat. Clara Jo) – nok nok & Tkettle
[01:38’] This song plays at the reception of a private gym.
12. play Pray – Ryden
[01:41’] The Killer enters the private gym.
13. play Stray Beast – James Saaib
[01:44’] The Killer watches his target running on the treadmill in the gym.
14. play There Is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
[01:52’] End credits.
15. playI Know It’s Over – The Smiths
16. playBigmouth Strikes Again – The Smiths
17. playChopstick – Orlando Angelo
18. playPop Pop – Avalanche The Architect
19. playAnother Level – Crewsont
20. playBetter Than – Gretchen Parlato

About the composers

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are once again joining forces with director David Fincher for the upcoming Netflix original film titled “The Killer.” Notably, Reznor and Ross have previously collaborated with David Fincher on his last four features: “The Social Network,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Gone Girl,” and “Mank.” Their participation in “The Killer” was officially confirmed through a statement on Nine Inch Nails’ official website.
1. playThe Killer
2. playFuck.
3. playThe Hideout
4. playStick to the Plan
5. playThe Sunshine State
6. playConsequences Are Automatic
7. playEmpathy Is Weakness
8. playNever Hesitate
9. playThe Brute, Pt 1
10. playThe Brute, Pt 2
11. playIntruder
12. playThe Expert
13. playGonna Have to Call You Back, Marvin
14. playOne of the Many
15. playTrailer
What did you think about The Killer Soundtrack? Did it make you feel like an accomplice to the killer?
And if we missed any song, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments!

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The Killer  Film information
The Killer Soundtrack (2023)

Movie Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Release date (wide): 27 October 2023
Runtime: 1h 58m
Production: Archaia Entertainment, Boom! Studios, Panic Pictures
Distributor: Netflix
Director: David Fincher
Actors: Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton, Charles Parnell

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