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“A Film And A Movie At The Same Time”: New Netflix Thriller Gets Rave Review From Guillermo del Toro-TGN


  • Guillermo del Toro raves about the new Netflix thriller The Killer, praising director David Fincher and comparing the film to the works of Bronson, Sartre, Melville, and Siegel.
  • The Killer is a riveting Netflix original based on French comics. The film explores the mindset of a cold-blooded killer and his transformation over time.
  • With a dark, somber tone and Fassbender’s captivating performance, The Killer delivers a unique and engaging experience. It combines multiple influences to create a thrilling watch with deeper thematic meaning.



Guillermo del Toro has offered a rave review of the new Netflix thriller The Killer, praising director David Fincher while comparing the movie to other works. The new film follows Michael Fassbender as the Killer, a contract assassin who soon finds himself on a quest for revenge. Critics have praised the movie for its engaging story and Fassbender’s performance.

Now, Guillermo del Toro has posted a review adding to the critical praise of The Killer.

In his rave review, del Toro compares Fincher’s work as a combination of Charles Bronson, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean-Pierre Melville, and Don Siegel. He also calls it “a film and a movie at the same time,” indicating it is a thrilling watch accompanied by deeper thematic meaning.

Why The Killer Is a Riveting Netflix Original

The Killer is based on a series of French comics of the same name, following a contract killer as he does jobs for multiple clients. However, the film focuses on only one single job which upends the protagonist’s life, leading to a tale of vengeance. Fincher utilizes his skills from other dark works like Se7en and Mindhunter to create a multilayered story about the consequences of leading a life of crime.

David Fincher is also known for directing The Social Network, Gone Girl and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The Killer features multiple deaths that resonate with the movie’s idea of one mistake leading to a myriad of terrible effects. Because Fassbender’s character is the one carrying out these killings, the movie presents the perspective of a cold-blooded murderer who changes over time. His characterization becomes a key part of the film, which explores his developing mindset as he enacts revenge.

With a dark, somber tone and narration from Fassbender’s Killer, Fincher’s latest Netflix contribution is a dark look into the life and mindset of a hitman. As del Toro notes, the movie pulls from multiple channels of influence to craft a unique story about revenge. This makes The Killer a highly-engrossing experience that feels different from many of the other movies Fincher is known for creating.

Source: Guillermo del Toro/Twitter

  • The Killer Movie Poster

    The Killer (2023)

    Release Date:

    David Fincher

    Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton, Kerry O’Malley, Charles Parnell, Lacey Dover, Monique Ganderton, Sala Baker


    118 Minutes

    Action, Adventure, Crime

    Andrew Kevin Walker

    Story By:
    Alexis Nolent, Luc Jacamon

    Plan B Entertainment, Boom! Studios


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