They are the ones you call when you want to get rid of someone, permanently.
They are the professional killers, hired or otherwise. While some kill for money, others do for thrills. And then there are those who kill for a cause, using it to justify their actions. In Hollywood, you will find them all.
In fact, one is set to hit screens this weekend -- Jason Bourne, amnesiac killer of the prequels The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy, whose art of disposing victims comes naturally to him. The third and final sequel, The Bourne Ultimatum, is directed by Paul Greengrass and stars Matt Damon and Julia Stiles.
Another film, The Contract, also hits the marquee this week. Starring John Cusack and Morgan Freeman, it deals with a father's (Cusack) desire to redeem himself in the eyes of his son by trying to bring Cardin (Freeman), a world-class assassin, to justice.
Let's take a look at some memorable films featuring killers. Feel free to nominate your favourites too.
Kill Bill (2003)
Starring Uma Thurman, this film by writer-director Quentin Tarantino was conceived as one film but released in two separate volumes (2003 and 2004) because of its lengthy four hour-running time.
Here, Thurman is the samurai wielding avenging bride with fighting skills like those of Bruce Lee. In fact, she wears a yellow motorcycle jumpsuit in homage to Lee movies.
The epic-length bloody revenge drama, which borrows from Hong Kong martial arts movies, Japanese samurai flicks and Italian spaghetti Westerns, is definitely not for the faint-hearted!
Text: Georgina Umdor
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