Review: ASHER Doesn’t Pack Enough Bang For Its Buck

FIRST IMPRESSION

Asher has a very intriguing premise, but it doesn't explore it fully or consistently enough for it to be particularly good.
Writing
Directing
Acting
Technical Merit

Asher is a new film directed by Michael Caton-Jones and starring Ron Perlman. The movie is about an aging hitman (Perlman) who falls in love with a woman while fulfilling a contract. However, when one of his jobs goes wrong, he must take action because of his newfound love.

The film’s biggest issue is in its pacing. It isn’t boring, but it is much longer than it should actually be. The movie starts with a bang (literally), then fizzles out for a while before picking up in the last twenty minutes ago. Unfortunately, the hook in the beginning and the reward in the end are nowhere near compelling enough to go through the journey.

The film also contains quite a few tonal shifts that are rather jarring. The movie jumps between old age drama, romantic comedy, and action thriller too many times. At a certain point, it becomes hard to decide what the film wants to be and whether or not it should be taken seriously.

asher streets
Ron Perlman as Asher in ͞ASHER͟ a film by Momentum Pictures. Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures.

The dialogue has quite a few issues too. It just didn’t feel natural or smooth. There were a few solid conversations, such as one between the protagonist and a rookie assassin, but many of the interactions were awkwardly-written. Perhaps if the movie had spent more time on building its world, the dialogue could have made more sense.

The central romance in the film isn’t particularly believable, either. The trope of the old man having his heart warmed because of love isn’t anything new, so it’s surprising that the movie was unable to make this compelling. Due to a combination of the lack of chemistry between the actors and the illogical circumstances that brought the characters together, the love story simply doesn’t work.

asher couple
(L-R) Ron Perlman as Asher and Famke Janssen as Sophie in ͞ASHER͟ a film by Momentum Pictures. Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures

Perlman fits the lead role very well, but he isn’t that great of an actor. His delivery is very flat and emotionless. It is as if he was doing this for a paycheck, didn’t know his lines, or both. Famke Janssen is slightly better, but she also has issues with the more emotionally-driven moments in the film. The highlight is Richard Dreyfuss, who is enjoyably hammy in his role.

The action in the movie was surprisingly solid when it was present. Had the film committed more fully to being an action movie, it could have been far more enjoyable. The best scenes in the film are those in which we see the protagonist at work, with a scene in which he is a sniper on a job. The cinematography during this scene was impressive.

Overall, Asher was somewhat disappointing. It is certainly never boring, but it doesn’t deliver as either an action movie or a romance.

Asher is now playing in select theaters and on demand.

TRENDING THIS WEEK

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Fair Play (Clip) | HBO

This month on Real Sports, Bernard Goldberg examines the controversial debate over whether transgender girls and women should be allowed compete in girls’ and women’s sports – and what it means for transgender athletes. Tune in on Tuesday, September 22. #HBO #RealSports Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: https://goo.gl/wtFYd7 Real Sports is television’s most-honored sports journalism…

Citizen Bio (2020) Official Trailer | SHOWTIME Documentary Film

Citizen Bio follows the stories of four of America’s most notorious biohackers and their relationships with Aaron Traywick, a self-proclaimed biohacker whose life took a tragic turn when he was mysteriously found dead at a meditation spa at the age of 28. Watch the premiere on SHOWTIME on Friday, October 30 at 9/8c. #SHODocs #CitizenBio…

Stars and Strife | Documentary | STARZ

As a nation, we must work to end division and rediscover empathy. Watch #StarsAndStrife now on the #STARZ App. Subscribe to the STARZ YouTube Channel for more documentaries: http://bit.ly/1kalhP0 Get your free trial of the STARZ app: http://starz.tv/WatchSTARZYT Like STARZ on Facebook: http://starz.tv/STARZFacebookYT Follow STARZ on Twitter: http://starz.tv/STARZTwitterYT Follow STARZ on Instagram: http://starz.tv/STARZInstagramYT Visit STARZ…

Truth Seekers – Official Trailer | Prime Video

About Truth Seekers: Truth Seekers is a supernatural comedy drama series featuring Nick Frost, Samson Kayo, Simon Pegg, and Emma D'Arcy. A group of part-time paranormal investigators team up to uncover a deadly conspiracy. About Prime Video: Want to watch it now? We've got it. This week's newest movies, last night's TV shows, classic favorites,…

Jon Favreau & Roy Choi make flatbread with Chefs Chris Bianco & Chad Robertson | The Chef Show

Jon Favreau and Roy Choi learn to make margherita flatbread in The Chef Show Season 2. Chefs Chad Robertson and Chris Bianco take Jon and Roy through their intricate processes for artisan bread making, fermentation and coffee roasting. The Chef Show Season 2 premieres globally on September 24. The Chef Show returns for another season…

‘Collecting’ Ep. 3 Clip | Power Book II: Ghost | STARZ

Looks like the Tejadas got a problem on their hands. Catch up on #PowerGhost only on the #STARZ App. #PowerGhost #PowerBook2 #PowerNeverEnds #STARZ Subscribe to the STARZ YouTube Channel for more Power: http://bit.ly/1kalhP0 Get your special offer of the STARZ app: https://starz.tv/32s4aGT Like Power Book II: Ghost on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2Zfs6gw Follow Power Book II: Ghost…

CBS All Access | Live Sports. Exclusive Originals. Breaking News. Big Movies.

Live sports. Exclusive originals. Can't-miss comedies, dramas & big movies. Now streaming on CBS All Access. Sign Up: https://bit.ly/3hRhP0l © 2020 CBS Interactive. All rights reserved. Fists of Fury & The Soloist: © 2020 by Paramount Pictures Corporation. All rights reserved.

A Wilderness of Error | Alive Preview | FX

The story is just beginning. A Wilderness of Error, a two-part FX documentary series, premieres Sept 25. Next Day FX on Hulu. Subscribe now for more A Wilderness of Error clips: http://bit.ly/SubscribeFX A Wilderness of Error is a five-part docuseries from award-winning producers of The Jinx, Marc Smerling and Jason Blum, based on the book…
Avatar
Sean Boelman
Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here