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Scarecrow on Seattle: ASSASSINS

For the past few years, Scarecrow Video has been contributing reviews of movies made in the Pacific Northwest to the Seattle Office of Film + Music's e-newsletter (you may have seen some of them when we had our Scarecrow on Seattle rental section up last year). We're now proud to be able to share these reviews on our site as well.





 Assassins (1995) Director: Richard Donner
Sylvester Stallone stars as a burnt-out master assassin named Rath and a high-strung Antonio Banderas plays an impatient, greasy-haired assassin named Bain in this action flick shot in Seattle. Neither seem to be particularly good assassins as Rath is going soft (and wants to retire) and Bain is a really messy killer as he usually takes out about ten or twelve innocent bystanders per target. The two rivals are contracted to exterminate a sly, cat loving computer hacker named Electra (Julianne Moore) who possesses a valuable floppy disc. Fed up with the assassination biz, Rath decides to team up with Electra and offers her protection instead of death. The assassins pursue each other around Seattle with the regular landmarks (Space Needle, Pike Place Market) visible in the background, a suitcase filled with millions of dollars explodes in a Pioneer Square dumpster, some cops get sadistically killed by Bain in SoDo and there is even a monorail chase. Assassins features lots of dated computer technology and the movie's silly finale takes place in Puerto Rico. The screenplay was written by the Wachoski Brothers who unsuccessfully tried to get their names removed from the film's credits.
-Spenser Hoyt

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