Assassination Tango (2002)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Romance

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An aging hitman gets a contract to kill a General in Buenos Aires, Argentina. But when his mark becomes unavailable, he becomes involved in Argentinian tango culture.

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  • Luciana Pedraza at an event for Assassination Tango (2002)
  • Luciana Pedraza at an event for Assassination Tango (2002)
  • Robert Duvall and Rubén Blades in Assassination Tango (2002)
  • Robert Duvall at an event for Assassination Tango (2002)
  • Luciana Pedraza in Assassination Tango (2002)
  • Robert Duvall and Luciana Pedraza at an event for Assassination Tango (2002)

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14 January 2004 | mwendel
| Good Tangos, Incomplete Plots
If you just want to watch some good dancing then you can watch most of this film and enjoy. If you want a movie with real substance you'll need to look elsewhere. I got this kind of surreal feeling about all the characters in this movie, except for the Argentinean dancers. There probably supposed to be some higher meaning to this movie to correlate the tango with the job of an assassin, but I missed it to be sure. Its not like you won't understand what's going on while you watch the movie, but you may wonder what's the bigger picture to all the small interactions between the characters.

With the exception of the main plot, featuring Robert Duvall, I don't feel like there was any closure on the sub-plots and the characters played by Ruben Blades, Luciana Pedraza, and some of the other assorted supporting characters. There is a lot of room to expand upon the intrigues and double-crosses witnessed in the movie, but there really isn't a lot of explanation as to why someone is doing what they are doing and for whom they are doing it. This is what led me to the incomplete feeling I got watching this film. Maybe a director's cut might shed some light on a lot of the questions I found myself asking about character motives and behaviors.

This a movie that no one will fault you for missing and no one will look at you like you've got four heads if you go see it. Although, I think many people will be saying "I never heard of it".

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