Killer (1994), aka Bulletproof Heart, stars Anthony LaPaglia as a
burned-out hit man who is nearly forced to do his second hit of the day
against his wishes. Seems his usual boss had a thing with a woman who is into
him for $650K, and likes her too much to kill her himself.
Now for the real kicker -- she wants to be whacked.
In fact, she has threatened to go to the DA with damaging evidence against
him if he doesn't have her hit.
Throw in Peter Boyle as LaPaglia's inept wannabe partner, and the set-up is
The victim ends up being Mimi Rogers who, in exchange for his promise to
make her death painless, gives him the screwing of his life. It isn't just
sex, as she ties him to the bed, slaps him around, scratches his chest, etc,
until he is hard as a rock. This is not something he is used to, and he is
grateful. He then discovers that she does indeed want to be killed. The whole
concept of a willing victim, especially one he is falling for, is too much for
I must admit that it held my attention to the end, despite being very
talky with nearly no action. The look of the film is dark, which matches the
overall tone well, but makes it a little hard to see.
IMDb readers say 6.1.
Ebert liked it at 3 stars, but Berardinelli was less impressed at 2 1/2.
I found it worth the watch, hence a solid C.
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