Life in the ‘Fast Charlie’ lane

There’s a thin line between James Bond films and genre films starring actors who’ve played Bond.

Pierce Brosnan plays Charlie Swift, a hitman whose latest job has been botched. Too many explosives used on the victim means there’s no head for proof of death.

(Without mocking this plot twist mirrors the opening of Fincher’s The Killer.)

That’s the least of Charlie’s worries, his gang boss has been eliminated and Charlie’s next. Charlie just wants to retire.

Fast Charlie constantly moves with a wry tongue firmly planted in cheek whether on the road or in a laundry shaft.

Fast paced and effective with Philip Noyce at the helm and Brosnan front and center Fast Charlie should find an audience appreciative of its serious and at the same time irreverent take on the hitman genre.

Using a car air bag as a weapon of destruction makes sense in the scheme of things. Brosnan never minces his motivation. It’s a straight ahead portrait of an assassin who’s hamstrung on staying alive in the midst of ever expanding gang politics.

Charlie never resorts to cheap antics even though many of his escapades are funnier than meant to be. 

Morena Baccarin (Deadpool) is a femme that gives off serious Linda Fiorentino vibes. It’s also the last film for James Caan.

Fast Charlie opens in theaters December 8.

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