Henry Golding takes on the world’s deadliest assassins in this latest film from the director of Brick Mansions.

Morgan is one of the top assassins in the world. However, when he is set to target a top mob boss who is involved in child trafficking, Morgan finds himself in a situation where another hitman not only gets in his way, but succeeds in getting the target. Deterred, Morgan has decided he was done with being an assassin. However, his handler Caldwell informs him of a final job that has become a game.

Morgan learns that along with six others, he is being hunted down and the one to eliminate the others will get a massive payout. Reluctant at first, Morgan finds himself with no other choice. However, things become complicated when one of the assassins, the mysterious Falk, begins a power play turning the others against each other and adding Morgan’s girlfriend Sophie in the mix. Morgan now must rely on his wits to stop the assassins not for the money, but to save the life of his love.

From Camille Delamarre, the French-born filmmaker behind the District B13 remake Brick Mansions and the reboot The Transporter Refueled comes this action film that seems like a bit of an improvement in terms of execution. Perhaps it is because this time around, he doesn’t exactly rely on his team of Besson-esque cameramen and editors to mar the action. Instead, it’s a bit of an improvement over some of the previous films he directed.

Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding seeks a little redemption after failing to gain an action audience with Snake Eyes, the G.I. Joe origin tale. Here, he does gain some redemption as he plays a hitman who is looking to give up the lifestyle for love, which comes in the form of Daniela Melchior. Melchior and Golding have the romantic chemistry when it calls for it while they can also act like a bickering couple when she learns the truth about his job. As for Sam Neill, he is great to see as Caldwell, Morgan’s handler who supports him and informs of what could be his last job.

The assassins are a mixed group, including Sheena Hao’s Japanese assassin Yuko, Lorenzo Buran’s Drakos (who becomes the catalyst of the film when he messes up Morgan’s opening hit), and Claudio Del Falco’s psychotic Ryder. The latter is known as the “Italian Van Damme” as the martial artist makes genre films in his native Italy. However, he doesn’t get to throw a kick here and comes off as a “Blue Steel” faced assassin who thrives on physical torment of his victims.

The shocker comes in the form of Noomi Rapace as the mysterious Falk. A master assassin and master of disguise, Rapace channels her most insane and this is perhaps one of her best roles since the iconic Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels. Sporting blond hair and blue icy eyes, she is one hitman not to cross. She comes off playing like Yojimbo, at first looking to possibly help Morgan take out the others until her true colors come out, leading to a cat-and-mouse game between the two. The ending leaves a bit open for a sequel and could happen.

Assassin Club is a bit of an improvement for director Camille Delamarre. Not having to rely on the usual Luc Besson-crew as much, the film gives Henry Golding a chance to really show he has potential in the genre and Noomi Rapace is great in the role of the mysterious and manipulative antagonist.


Paramount Global Content Distribution presents a Film Bridge International/Merlin Films production in association with The Motus Studios. Director: Camille Delamarre. Producers: Kieran Corrigan, Jordan Dykstra, Todd Lundbohm, Emanuele Moretti, and Ellen S. Wander. Writer: Thomas Dunn. Cinematography: Matthew Chuang. Editing: Camille Delamarre and Mickael Dumontier.

Cast: Henry Golding, Sam Neill, Daniela Melchior, Noomi Rapace, Claudio Del Falco, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Lorenzo Buran, Sheena Hao, Anastasia Doaga, Rinat Khismatouline.

The film comes to Digital on May 16.