26 November 2019 | Grumphy
All style, but no class or substance
One of the stronger aspects of the film is definitely the visual look, but that's about it. The plot is shallow and doesn't really hold together. The idea itself might seem ridiculous, and it is, but it could've even been believable if done slightly differently. Maybe even if portraying a blind person would've been at least halfway decent. Here the blind assassin seems to behave more in the vein of a supernatural Matt Murdock than as an ordinary, blind, middle aged, middle eastern man.
As the film stands, it seems like a silly re-imagining of Léon (1994) or a fan fiction inspired by it. Unfortunately it possesses almost none of the qualities nor charm of it's legendary counterpart. The film is a cheap copy of noirish action, trying so hard to be stylish but forgetting what it should be all about. Perhaps that's the result of working mainly on commercials, as is the case with the director Christoph Gampl.
Even though it has many shortcomings I'm positive the film will appeal to some. It's not inherently a bad production, just a bit lacklustre mix of everything that doesn't necessarily work together.