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The Assassination

2.7 out of 5 stars (65) IMDb 6.3/10

There is something, or someone, rotten at St Donavan's High School, and Bobby is determined to uncover the dirty truth. His complicated conspiracy to overthrow the high school president soon escalates in to a sordid obsession about sex, suspicion, drugs and politics creating s satire of unfortunate sequences. Will he crack the case or will the case crack him...

Starring:
Mischa Barton, Reece Thompson
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Genres Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Brett Simon
Starring Mischa Barton, Reece Thompson
Supporting actors Bruce Willis, Michael Rapaport, Kathryn Morris, Melonie Diaz, Josh Pais, Luke Grimes, Patrick Taylor, Aaron Himelstein, Joe Perrino, John Magaro, Robin Lord Taylor, Vincent Piazza, Zoë Kravitz, Zachary Booth, Adam Pally, Tanya Fischer, Josh Caras, Zach Roerig
Studio Signature Entertainment Ltd
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format: DVD
This is actually the 2008 drama "Assassination of a High School President", finally released 5 years later in the UK with a shortened title. It's a high school noir, similar to "Brick", featuring a high school reporter as the protagonist. The cover is very misleading as Bruce Willis only has a supporting role as the school principal. Don't rent this expecting a Bruce Willis action movie or you will be disappointed. The assassination of the title means character assassination, not snipers and secret agents.
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By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 July 2013
Format: DVD
I don't know what's wrong with Bruce Willis. He seems to be starring in more and more of these `straight to DVD' films these days. I can't see him needing the money while he's still making Die Hard films, so why does he do it?

Here, like so many other (non cinema) films, he puts his face on the front cover of the DVD box and various promotional material to lure people like me into thinking he's in it for more than a few minutes. In truth, his part is little more than an extended cameo.

The film is about a school that is entirely populated by stereotypes. The nerdy boy likes the hot girl. There are arrogant jocks and a host of other clichés. Then, when some test papers are stolen, the hot girl wants the nerdy boy to investigate for the school newspaper. So follows a sort of `detective story' only with no actual detectives and in a school instead of a seedy criminal underworld. Plus the lead character narrates constantly. If he walks into a gym, he tells you he's going to walk into a gym then goes on to list every person taking part in a physical activity inside. Seriously, it was like watching a film with the director's commentary on!

I was watching this film and it's never a good sign when you start wondering how long it's been on for. I guessed 45 minutes. I checked on the DVD timer and found I'd only watched 15 minutes. I'm afraid I couldn't last any more than 30 minutes of this.

Maybe it got better after that and, if I did myself and the film a disservice, I apologise. But the opening half an hour was so dull, full of clichés and over-narration, I just couldn't bring myself to watch it any more.
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Format: Blu-ray
Konnichiwa
Thought this film was poor. Someone wrote this is not a Bruce Willis action film - well good enough reason for me not to watch it! He has a minor role as a school president and the story is more about personalities than action.
Misleading title, in a few words, what a waste of time - read the book.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
this film is worth watching: Bruce Willis is a mean and convincing boss, the young actors are cool, some scenes are brilliant, you get stuck on the plot to see how it's going to end. Some moments are well done (in terms of editing and narration) some smartly make fun of some American idiocies. It's not a masterpiece, but it's a good young movie, evil and provocative enough and developed in a quite original way
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Format: DVD
ASSASSINATION R2 DVD

My wife ordered this movie having read the description, thinking erroneously that it was a Bruce Willis action thriller. IT IS NOT.

This is in fact a re-issue 2008 comedy "Assassination of a High School President", a made for cable/DVD production which didn't sell even in the US and has now been re-issued in Europe with a shorter title and new marketing.

OK so some people may think that this is a terrific film but I thought it was total teenage drivel of the worst kind, crude, poorly directed and acted throughout; Bruce Willis only has a minor supporting role which he plays with total disinterest.

I have travelled to the US a half dozen times a year for the last 50 years and have visited many High Schools as a guest speaker and can only say to European viewers that this is a rather spiteful parody and not my experience of the real thing.

Do not pay to view this film it you really must see it then take it out on one of the free loan offers... I understand that it has already been dropped by many public libraries in the UK!
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Format: DVD
BRUCE WILLIS WAS GOOD...but the story somewhat lacked. Mischa Barton seemed a little old for a high school girl. Willis' character is funny.

The movie, I suppose is modern times, although Willis has a picture of Ike in his office as well as a TV from the 1950's. One family has a bean bag chair, then there are disco lights at the dance. I was confused as to the time period. The music at the dance was modern and there was a bad reference to a cell phone, but none of the kids have a cell phone. Once you get past the weirdness of the time period, the movie settles down to a so-so who-dun-it, with twists (the box tells you there are twists so they are expected).

The first person narration throughout much of the movie got to be boring. I did enjoy the "John Wilkes Booth" limp of the assassin, as well as the character of the school nurse. The Spanish teacher was supposed to be quirky but really was bland due to a bad script. I think the movie would have been better if they added another quirky teacher or two to the mix as background characters similar to the Spanish teacher.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bombs, sex and nudity (Mischa Barton).
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