Assassins (2020)

Assassins (2020)

Assassins (2020)

The assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader, goes much deeper than initial headlines depicted. This Sundance-selected documentary investigates what really happened, uncovering a global spy plot that might question the guilt of the two suspected female assassins. From the director of Ask Dr Ruth and the Emmy-nominated series The Keepers.

2020Rating: M, Mature themes and coarse language104 minsUSA
Documentary
Director:
Ryan White

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Assassins (2020) / Reviews

Flicks

Flicks, Tim Batt

Thankfully, there’s also no History Channel narrator delivering hyperbole or cliche. Instead, expert journalists, defence lawyers, and occasionally the defendants describe the real-world fallout of what happens when a despot offs their brother using civilian patsies.

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Time Out

Time Out

This film is fairly straightforward and low-key in its execution, but the access is excellent - and what a story it tells.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

What an extraordinary story of sexism, violence, diplomatic bad faith and dishonesty on an international scale.

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Financial Times

Financial Times

A curious film, a no-frills documentary about a crime of outlandish aspect.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

An extraordinary snapshot of 15-minute celebrity innocently craved, and then accidentally achieved for all the wrong reasons.

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The Irish Times

The Irish Times

It's a fascinating news story, but the film's additional, if entertaining, speculations remain just that.

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The Times

The Times

It's like a John le Carre thriller for the Instagram generation. Only it's real.

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The Australian

The Australian

The thorough manner in which White has assembled the material brings one of the most unusual political assassinations ever carried out vividly to life.

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Associated Press

Associated Press

It will shock, enrage and enlighten.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

Ryan White's fascinating documentary chronicles plays like a political thriller...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Provocative as an examination of power.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Its main virtues are a wild story and a stealth sense of outrage.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

[White] deftly untangles the different webs of meaning and implication, political, social and otherwise, to draw us into Siti and Doan's worlds.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

While informative, I never leaned forward and engaged with the events documented.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

The story is so outlandish — and the film so dry — that it’s hard not to be impressed by the discipline White showed in refusing to have more fun with it.

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Variety

Variety

Assassins is a terrific true-crime story, but it’s also a documentary thriller about the new world disorder.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Ryan White crafts a piercingly observant investigative documentary that methodically pieces together a complex collage of incriminating evidence outlining a carefully orchestrated attempt to conceal the sinister implications behind Kim’s assassination.

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