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Killer Assistant (2016)

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 1 April 2016 (USA)
A magazine editor's life and career simultaneously begin to unravel after she takes on a new assistant with secret motives of his own.

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Danny J. Boyle
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Cast

Credited cast:
Arianne Zucker ... Suzanne Austin
Brando Eaton ... David
Natalie Lander ... Calista Austin
George Stults ... Robert Austin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joanne Baron ... Janet McAlper
Todd Cahoon ... Detective Westwood
Ryan Cargill ... Young Robert
Corey Craig ... Barista
Josh Drennen ... Bob
Theodora Greece ... Lara Berkis
Catherine Lazo ... Dr. Gorrie
Sierra Love Sierra Love ... Nora Patters
Shaelan O'Connor ... Young Suzanne
Brett Ryback Brett Ryback ... Ian
Darryl Stephens ... Charles
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A magazine editor's life and career simultaneously begin to unravel after she takes on a new assistant with secret motives of his own.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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A Good TV Thriller, With A Psychological Twist And Intrigue...
10 February 2018 | by stephenabellSee all my reviews

Love is eternal.

Suzanna Austin (Zucker) is a successful magazine editor. Used to working by herself, her boss, Janet McAlper (Baron) assigns her an assistant, David (Eaton), after noticing how stressed she's been getting. David appears too good to be true and as time progresses Suzanne begins to believe he's got an ulterior motive...

I really liked this story for its characterisations. Tilson and Wakefield have created a well structured and ingenious tome. Suzanne is a strong career-minded woman, who can be relied upon to get the magazine out... but not to be a great mother or wife, as she spends most of her time at work. Then when David's character enters the story we get to see how the stress of her work and family life help her to become suspicious and paranoid. This starts off small but builds up fast, to the point she's worrying about her own sanity. Add the element of her family getting to know David and actually trusting him, into the mix, and this keeps the story interesting... at times, actually engrossing.

The good thing is, both the lead actor and actress are great in their performances and bring their characters to life; giving the film and story strength.

Though Boyle does add a couple of nice shots the filming is pretty standard, which is okay when you have a good cast and an even better storyline. However, it would have only strengthened the movie to make it more engaging for the audience. Thank God, he's better at manipulating the pace. Boyle is good at building the tension and atmosphere from a simmer to a full boil. This starts right at the beginning with the "Years Earlier" scene up to the climax. He also throws in a couple of peaks along the way, giving the audience a rollercoaster ride.

I'd recommend this to all Mystery Lovers and Armchair Detectives worldwide.


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