Rapid Fire-Action Rewind Review: Sly, Banderas & Moore Dazzle in the Underrated Action-Thriller ASSASSINS!

By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock

Released in 1995 from acclaimed director Richard Donner (Superman, Lethal Weapon), Assassins starred action movie icon Sylvester Stallone, fellow genre heavyweight Antonio Banderas and one of my favorite actresses of all time, Julianne Moore!

It follows Stallone’s character “Robert Rath” who due to his trauma being in the business so long is looking for a way out. That’s when he thinks there might be more to life when he meets Moore’s character “Electra” so he spares her as the two try to uncover a vast plot that puts both in the crosshairs of rival “Miguel Baine” who is in hot pursuit. Now I can see some casual viewers being bored with it as it is not a straight up action flick at all but rather more of an action thriller that is deliberately paced and more like a chess match between the two as well as who is overseeing their operations.

I found it to be very engaging all the way through with Sly turning in a more fittingly controlled and subtle performance in contrast to Banderas who just goes completely crazy as the plot moves along. Julianne Moore is excellent in the film too as expected as somewhat of a con artist and even had some nice genuine chemistry with Stallone that I enjoyed in every scene they shared. Even though it’s not a straightforward actioner it still has a healthy amount of shoot outs and stunts particularly in a hotel and an abandoned building with some personal history involved with it in the climax. It’s also shot expertly and concludes in a tense confrontation that brings everything together.

Overall I really liked it, if not loved it and consider it to be one of Sylvester Stallone’s best films especially of the 90’s. Give this underrated ride a chance and grab the physical media DVD or Blu-ray for it too!

Imbued with a lifelong diehard passion for film and TV, Jacob loves to share what gives him his lifeblood in the action genre. From childhood heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger, JCVD, Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris, and Mark Dacascos, to modern day torch bearers like Jason Statham, Gerard Butler, Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins and more, Jacob knows no bounds.

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