Friday, December 9, 2016

Movie review: True Memoirs of an International Assassin

Sam is a writer whose debut novel about a deadly international assassin is changed from fiction to non-fiction by his agent, landing him squarely in the world of his lead character. His only option, become the character he created.

Kevin James (Sam/Mason), Kim Coates (President Mike), Maurice Compte (Juan), Zulay Henao (Rosa), Andrew Howard (Masovich), Ron Rifkin (Amos), Andy Garcia (El Toro), Katie Couric (Herself), Yul Vazquez (Gen. Ruiz).

True Memoirs of an International Assassin, a streaming video original, is a light and funny campy comedy that doesn't take itself too seriously. Sam has written a fiction novel about an international assassin but when his agent changes genre to non-fiction Sam believed to be the assassin, making him a target for everyone. Becoming his character the only chance for survival, Sam teams up with Rosa and finds he might make a better assassin than expected.

Acting was decent with James once again in a role type that seems to suit him well. Coates was a decent antagonist, and in type as well. Henao was enjoyable and fit pretty well. Howard was once again perfectly disturbing. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid and enjoyable throughout.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good for what was likely a mid-budget film. Action scenes were enjoyable while being over the top, excessive, and hysterical. Dialogue was enjoyable with some good laughs and nice movement. Sound and soundtrack were solid.

While True Memoirs of an International Assassin may not be groundbreaking, the film is a lot of fun and would be a great choice for family movie night with some appeal to adults as well as teens.

Violence, which is action focused, is really the only concern here and it is mild enough this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 11.12.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Action Comedy, Action & Adventure, Spy comedy, Comedy

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