Movie Review - True Memoirs of an International Assassin

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Movie Review
Synopsis via IMDB: After a publisher changes a writer's debut novel about a deadly assassin from fiction to non-fiction, the author finds himself thrust into the world of his lead character and must take on the role of his character for his own survival.

Let me be 1000% honest with you, this isn't a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, but is it an unwatchable mess that's the question. I don't think so, in all honesty. The movie has its flaws but I was still able to laugh at parts of the movie. By all intents and purposes this is a Kevin James movie, so if you have ever seen any of his recent movies then you should know what you are in for. This is one of those films that if it were in a theater I would probably be mad, but I think it's perfect for a streaming service like Netflix. The cast is decent and one of the main reasons why I was laughing was because of Rob Riggle's CIA Agent William Cobb. He and his partner have some of the funniest moments in the movie, at least to me they do. Make no mistake this movie is dumb but I think that they recognize that and the actors are having fun with it, at no point did I feel like they were taking this seriously in the slightest and for this type of film I believe that helps more than hurts it. As far as the cast is concerned, I thought it was a good cast. Andy Garcia, Zulay Henao, Rob Riggle, and Kevin James are not bad in the movie and the way the movie is set up you can predict what's going to happen. I think that is one of my main problems with the movie is the fact that it is predictable and some of the jokes don't hit. There are some that do but there is one joke that I thought just wasn't funny and they kind of run it into the ground. It has to do with the Russian drug dealer. His character is way eccentric and it gets to a point where it just isn't funny. I think they were trying to go for over the top and it just didn't work in my opinion. That's another issue I have with the movie some of the jokes just aren't that funny. Some of them work because of the set up for them but a lot of them just don't work because they take them too far. 

For Parents
It's a TV-14 movie. Basically PG-13, there is violence in the movie most of it for hilarious effect. There is a little language in it but nothing too bad. There isn't any gory violence just your regular action movie violence. 

The Wrap
Since its a Netflix movie my rating system is a little different and honestly I am still trying to work one out for these types of films that are on streaming services. For now I will give this a 3 out of 5 stars. Its not a bad film but it is one that I can see being on Netflix. If it were in a theater I would probably give it a RENTAL. Which is basically what being on Netflix is to me, at least the movie side of their programming. Have you watched True Memoirs of an International Assassin? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.


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