True Memoirs of an International Assassin review by Bobby Blakey
Netflix has already set itself up as a force to be reckoned with in relation to original series and have been shifting towards making more features as well. The latest brings Paul Blart himself Kevin James back to the comedy action world with the Netflix original film True Memoirs of an International Assassin, but does it offer up the laughs with the action or will it be a memoir not worth talking about?
True Memoirs of an International Assassin follows a man who is determined to get his fiction spy novel published, but keeps hitting a wall. After he finally finds a publisher, they change his debut novel about a deadly assassin from fiction to nonfiction and he soon finds himself thrust into the world of his lead character and must take on the role of his character for his own survival. Besides James this film features a great cast including Kim Coates, Zulay Henao, Andy Garcia, Rob Riggle, Leonard Earl Howze, and Maurice Compte to bring together this fun flick. The film kicks into high gear from the get go with some great action scenes before shifting everything into the regular story. This film fumbles around quite a bit, but overall still manages to entertain. James has proven his ability to carry and action heavy film in the Paul Blart films and Here Comes the Boom and does an awesome job here as well. He is in full on action mode this time around and believe it or not actually kicks some major ass. I could easily see him carrying action film on his own given the chance, but he does manage to do a great job blending the action. Sure there are issues with this film as the direction of the film is pretty generic and plays it up by the numbers with very little twists that you won’t easily figure out, but it works. What really saves this film in my eyes was the well-handled action that is well executed and a lot of fun to watch.
I have to admit that while it wasn’t anything all that special I still managed to enjoy this film for what it is, but I also enjoyed the original Paul Blart and Here Comes the Boom so maybe I am biased. If you are a fan of James then you will no doubt have a great time here too, but if you are on the fence and already a Netflix user than why not give it a shot and decide for yourself and check it out exclusively on Netflix. I you need even more Kevin James be sure to also check out his hilarious new sitcom Kevin Can Wait in it's first season on CBS.