The existential nervousness of the paid murderer is a difficult theme — so tough as to be probably invalid, even. “The Virtuoso,” directed by Nick Stagliano from a script by James C. Wolf, misses its shot in a spectacular, and typically spectacularly pretentious, trend.
The very square-jawed Anson Mount performs the title character. In the opening scene, he shoots a girl, straight via the sternum it appears like, whereas she’s bare and straddling a person backwards. She has the presence of thoughts to climb off her companion so Mount’s “virtuoso” can plug that man via the brow.
That’s the ostensible virtuoso’s greatest exhibiting within the film. Pompous second-person narration particulars the killer’s practices. He himself is steadily seen making faces in mirrors, as if to develop a character. He will get orders from Anthony Hopkins — final weekend an Academy Award-winning actor, this weekend a monologue dispenser in a turgid piece of hackwork — that he proceeds to screw up repeatedly.
Hopkins dispatches our antihero to a rural city the place he should work out his goal. One chance: a diner waitress performed by Abbie Cornish, who has so far as I do know finished nothing to deserve this film.
It’s not simply the title character who fails to thrive. The filmmaking is now and again, to place it kindly, fractured. As the virtuoso begins an evening raid, the voice-over explains he’s received to look out for canines, which can be in the home he’s approaching. “On nights like this only the most cruel of owners leave their dogs out.” Nights like this? It’s not snowing, the virtuoso is sporting a pea coat — no gloves — and no person is exhaling condensed breath. But OK.
Rated R for the same old paid-assassin film stuff, plus nudity. Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes. In theaters and obtainable to hire or purchase on Google Play, FandangoNow and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators. Please seek the advice of the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier than watching motion pictures inside theaters.