- Movie review
- Soundtrack review
- Additional songs
- About the composers
- Album details
- Movie trailer
- Movie information
Movie reviewCentered 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 reviewDavid 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. Well I Wonder – The Smiths
[00:03’] The Killer listens to this song on headphones while practicing yoga.
2. How Soon Is Now? (12’’ Version) – The Smiths
[00:18’] The Killer talks about music’s ability to help him stay focused.
3. Hand In Glove – The Smiths
[00:30’] During the flight, the Killer listens to this song through headphones.
4. 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. Fiesta Latina – Qbanito
[00:41’] The Killer searches in the register of the taxi company.
6. 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. Girlfriend In a Coma – The Smiths
[00:51’] The Killer goes shopping after changing the registration numbers on the van.
8. Shoplifters of the World Unite – The Smiths
[00:51’] Dolores is followed by the Killer when she walks into the office building.
9. Unhappy Birthday – The Smiths
[01:04’] After the Killer pushes Dolores down the stairs.
10. This Charming Man – The Smiths
[01:05’] The Killer listens to this song in the van at the port entrance.
11. Can’t Help Myself (feat. Clara Jo) – nok nok & Tkettle
[01:38’] This song plays at the reception of a private gym.
12. Pray – Ryden
[01:41’] The Killer enters the private gym.
13. Stray Beast – James Saaib
[01:44’] The Killer watches his target running on the treadmill in the gym.
14. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
[01:52’] End credits.
15. I Know It’s Over – The Smiths
16. Bigmouth Strikes Again – The Smiths
17. Chopstick – Orlando Angelo
18. Pop Pop – Avalanche The Architect
19. Another Level – Crewsont
20. Better Than – Gretchen Parlato
About the composersTrent 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.
The Killer official OST album tracklist, original motion picture score.
Original release date: 10 November 2023
Label: The Null Corporation
Original music composed by Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor
1. The Killer
3. The Hideout
4. Stick to the Plan
5. The Sunshine State
6. Consequences Are Automatic
7. Empathy Is Weakness
8. Never Hesitate
9. The Brute, Pt 1
10. The Brute, Pt 2
12. The Expert
13. Gonna Have to Call You Back, Marvin
14. One of the Many
What did you think about The Killer Soundtrack? Did it make you feel like an accomplice to the killer?
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Watch the trailer
2. The Killer - Trailer
The Killer Film information
Movie Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Release date (wide): 27 October 2023
Runtime: 1h 58m
Production: Archaia Entertainment, Boom! Studios, Panic Pictures
Director: David Fincher
Actors: Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton, Charles Parnell
IMDB: The Killer
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