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  • Actors: Olga Kurylenko, Ninet Tayeb
  • Directors: Danny Lerner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: First Look Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2010
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IG06RK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Assassin Next Door" on IMDb

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In an old apartment building on the wrong side of the tracks, Galia and Eleanor share two things: an adjoining wall and a need to escape. Galia is an assassin, forced against her will to kill for the Mafia. She longs for her freedom and to reunite with her young daughter, whom she left back in Russia. Eleanor is a grocery store cashier who dreams of winning the lottery and running away from her abusive husband. The two women unite to take action against their oppressors in an action-packed fight for survival and freedom.

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The music is good and enhances the plot.
Jeffrey M. Chambers
I expected a little more in all respects: acting, fighting, dialogue, and depth of characters.
polyswim
First off it was captioned which is ok if the movie has a good plot.
doog

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey M. Chambers on August 6, 2010
Format: DVD
This excellent film - which is well written, directed, and acted - is the story of a woman who has to fight tenaciously to regain her freedom, and to redeem herself (in her own eyes). The central character, Galya, is charismatic and psychologically strong, but she made a terrible mistake four years previously and her subsequent life has become a nightmare - trapped by a criminal gang, forced first into prostitution, then into becoming a gangland assassin. Her fight for freedom is symbolized by her attempts to regain possession of her passport, and her quest for redemption is symbolised by her desire to return home (to the Ukraine) to a hoped-for happier life with her five-year-old daughter. While trying to save herself from the criminals, she attempts to save her friend from her friend's abusive husband.

From the opening scene, where her eyes magnetically draw the viewer into Galya's world, Olga Kurylenko plays her part intelligently and skilfully. She's very good at emotional depth and complexity, and she convincingly projects Galya's conflicting emotions. Also well done is the way she shows Galya's fight for her life and her struggle to maintain her fundamental purity of heart, while being engulfed in the gang's earthly version of hell. She's superb at conveying feelings even when she's not interacting with the other characters. For example, on one wall of her apartment Galya creates a large drawing of herself and her child (it's a symbolic doorway to her paradise) and while she draws, Olga beautifully expresses the fleeting serenity of Galya's creativity, and the way it brings her closer to her daughter (in her imagination).

Ninet Tayeb is excellent as Elinor, Galya's next-door neighbour. For example, there's a nice scene where Elinor tries to excuse her husband.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on August 31, 2010
Format: DVD
Olga Kurylenko is Galia, the titular heroine of "The Assassin Next Door" (original title "Kirot"). She is a Ukrainian prostitute-turned-assassin currently living in an old apartment room in Tel Aviv. With her passport confiscated by the gangster who hires her as assassin, she spends her days waiting for the assignments to kill, dreaming of one day meeting her daughter she left in Ukraine again. But her life changes drastically when Galia meets Elinor (Ninet Tayeb), a woman living in a room across the hall, abused by her wife-beating husband.

The Israeli-French-US film stars Olga Kurylenko, "Bond girl" of "Quantum of Solace," but those who are looking for Hollywood-style "big" actions would be disappointed. Obviously director Danny Lerner is less interested in staging shoot-outs and explosions than presenting the gritty atmosphere of the world Galia and Elinor are living. This approach, together with effective photography, brings tension and realism to the film, especially in the description of the friendship between the two exploited women, but we also have to turn a blind eye to the film's incredible storyline and situations (so, where is the police?)

"The Assassin Next Door" has the brooding mood of "La Femme Nikita," but its theme is close to that of "Thelma & Louise," and the film benefits from the strong performances from the two leads. See the film for its fine portrayal of two women played by Olga Kurylenko and Ninet Tayeb.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By CRAB on August 23, 2010
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I watched this movie just on the fact that Olga Kurylenko was in it. I first saw her acting in The Hitman & was very impressed with her exotic beauty, expressive eyes & defiant spirit yet displaying vulnerabilty. Her character in Assassin displays very similar characteristics, which works even better in this movie. Other reviewers have already outlined the plot, so I won't go there. This movie has a bit of everything and thats what makes it so good. It has beautiful women that can think & are independent, it has an emotional content that will touch you, great action, a good story line, great music & symbolisms. Olga has very expressive and penetrative eyes which was apparent in The Hitman. She can portray great information & emotion just using her eyes and expressions on her face. She has a very natural presence in front of the camera and therefore very convincing in her role. She was greatly under used in the Quantum Solace & therefore if you saw that movie do not use that to judge her abilities. I think she has all the qualities if she is properly developed and marketed to be one of the best actresses I have ever seen. She is the full package of looks & talent. She can be cute & playful, yet strong and serious as a heart attack. I look forward to her next movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan K on August 11, 2013
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Amazing and powerful. Such a great story, well written and developed. Olga Kuylenko and Ninet Tayeb make you love these beautiful ladies and feel for their characters. I hated the men characters so much, the desperation and pain they experience at their hands makes a grown man feel shame for how women are treated all over the world, but when they fight it out you feel a since of empowerment hoping that Olga and Ninet can survive to the end. So moving and worthy of tissue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ghenghis TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 7, 2014
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OK I'm a big fan of Olga Kurylenko. I liked her in Paris Je T'aime and Centurion. When I came across The
Assassin Next Door and saw her name in the credits, I paid attention to the synopsis, which sounded intriguing.
It was not executed nearly as well as it sounded.

Galia (Kurylenko) is a prostitute. The film opens on a close up of her face. She is sitting in a club with another
prostitute. It becomes clear that they are not willing participants when they are ordered to smile at the customers.
Shortly thereafter, the two bolt for a locked door that has been temporarily opened. Predictably, the other prostitute
ends up dead, but Galia is given a proposition to become a hitter for the mob in exchange for her former profession.
Reluctantly she takes the deal.

As we pick up the back story, Galia left Ukraine, her husband and a disabled daughter for Israel, where she is presently
trying to work off her debt to earn back her passport and money. Galia continues to kill, but never seems to get any
closer to her trip home. She is set up in an apartment, where she developes a close relationship with her neighbor Elinor
(Ninette Tayeb) who is a victim of domestic abuse. The two make plans to leave Tel Aviv for a remote town to start over,
but the mob stands in their way.

The Assassin Next Door has a choppy storyline that bounces through time with very little indication of elapsed time.
The changes are forced on the viewer indelicately, leaving the audience feeling cheated and, at times, confused. The
transitions could have been much smoother. The story itself is a little far fetched but if you're a fan of Russian mob
movies like me you've seen this plot line before.
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