Ava

A black ops assassin is forced to fight for her own survival after a job goes dangerously wrong.
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Credits: TheMovieDb.

Film Cast:

  • Ava: Jessica Chastain
  • Duke: John Malkovich
  • Simon: Colin Farrell
  • Michael: Common
  • Bobbi: Geena Davis
  • Judy: Jess Weixler
  • Toni: Joan Chen
  • Peter: Ioan Gruffudd
  • Camille: Diana Silvers
  • Alain: Efka Kvaraciejus
  • Gunther: Christopher J. Domig
  • Teddy: Michel Muller
  • Gunther’s Officer: Dieter Riesle
  • Gunther’s Officer: Aramis Merlin
  • Lobby Bartender: Michael Guarnera
  • Toni’s Outdoor Guard: Bruce-Robert Serafin
  • Boston Jogger: Jeff Bellin
  • Tony the Alcoholic: Martin Lee
  • Other German Guard: Constantin Tripes
  • German Guard Helping Ava: Ronald Woodhead
  • Daniela: Simonne Stern
  • Larry the Nurse: Steve Gagliastro
  • Simon’s Wife: Nadezhda Russo
  • Alejandro: Joe Sobalo Jr.
  • Patient Jinny: Catherine Virginia Patterson
  • Hotel Security (uncredited): Jeff Bouffard
  • French Traveler (uncredited): Ben Bunnag
  • Hotel Guest (uncredited): Charles Coan
  • Night Club Goer (uncredited): Halle Curley
  • Hotel Guest (uncredited): Andresito Germosen De La Cruz
  • Embassy Hostess (uncredited): Marisa Defranco
  • Jazz Club Pool Player (uncredited): Adam Desautels
  • German Soldier (uncredited): Chris J. Faria
  • Gogo Dancer (uncredited): Victoria Diamond
  • German Embassy Guest (uncredited): Lin Hultgren
  • Embassy Guest (uncredited): Ian Dylan Hunt
  • German Embassy Party Guest (uncredited): Ineke Garbacz
  • Dog in Park (uncredited): Silas Archer Gustav
  • Guest Checking In (uncredited): Benjamin Healy
  • French Tourist (uncredited): GeGe Jackson
  • Club Goer (uncredited): Levon Panek
  • Hotel Guest (uncredited): Omar Khan
  • Shopper (uncredited): Annie Pisapia
  • Nite Club Raver (uncredited): James L. Leite
  • Panicked Father (uncredited): Rob Lévesque
  • Club Goer (uncredited): Kimberly Mae
  • Hotel Bartender (uncredited): Cassidy Neal
  • Lounge Patron (uncredited): Rickland Powell
  • Nightclub Raver (uncredited): Dannielle Rose
  • Club Goer (uncredited): Carissa Roy
  • Nightclub Raver (uncredited): Sheila Salaverry
  • Saudi Royal (uncredited): Yefim Somin
  • German Soldier (uncredited): Scott Sederquist
  • Hotel Guest (uncredited): Alexandria Tait
  • Raver (uncredited): Susan Halsey Singer
  • Club Goer (uncredited): Uliana Tabaka
  • Embassy Guard (uncredited): Brian Tobin

Film Crew:

  • Editor: Zach Staenberg
  • Director of Photography: Stephen Goldblatt
  • Set Decoration: Leslie E. Rollins
  • Production Design: Molly Hughes
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Greg P. Russell
  • Music Supervisor: Linda Cohen
  • Hair Department Head: Brenda McNally
  • Post Production Supervisor: Nancy Kirhoffer
  • Compositor: Vikram Kale
  • Makeup Department Head: Trish Seeney
  • Director: Tate Taylor
  • Original Music Composer: Bear McCreary
  • Producer: Kelly Carmichael
  • Screenplay: Matthew Newton
  • Producer: Jessica Chastain
  • Stunts: Lauren Mary Kim
  • Stunt Coordinator: Jeff Imada
  • Generator Operator: Mark Oliver
  • Electrician: Stephen Kaye
  • Executive Producer: John Norris
  • Additional Director of Photography: Jonathan Hall
  • Producer: Nicolas Chartier
  • Executive Producer: Jonathan Deckter
  • Executive Producer: Erika Hampson
  • Stunt Double: Amy Johnston
  • Casting Director: Lindsey Weissmueller
  • Gaffer: Steve Mathis
  • Art Direction: Steve Cooper
  • Makeup Artist: Linda Dowds
  • Sound Effects Editor: Andrew Twite
  • Casting Assistant: Rachel Goldman
  • Supervising ADR Editor: David V. Butler
  • Digital Effects Supervisor: Mangesh Palkrit
  • Assistant Art Director: Patricia Klawonn
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Will Files
  • Digital Intermediate Editor: Matt Blackshear
  • Best Boy Electric: Brandon J. Meadows
  • Dialogue Editor: Russell Farmarco
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Joel Dougherty
  • Location Manager: Joaquin Diego Prange
  • “A” Camera Operator: Will Arnot
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Katie Halliday
  • Construction Coordinator: Paul Peabody
  • Producer: Dominic Rustam
  • Sound Effects Editor: Greg ten Bosch
  • ADR Voice Casting: Ranjani Brow
  • ADR Voice Casting: Wendy Hoffmann
  • ADR Mixer: Patrick Christensen
  • Additional Still Photographer: Seacia Pavao
  • Special Effects Technician: Herve Desroches
  • Special Effects Supervisor: John Ruggieri
  • Script Supervisor: Jenna Dayton
  • EPK Editor: Kyle Tekiela
  • First Assistant Director: David Allen Cluck
  • Co-Producer: Babacar Diene
  • Assistant Set Decoration: Christine Moosher
  • Hairstylist: Stephanie Ingram
  • Costume Design: Megan Coates
  • Foley Mixer: Rustam Gimadiyev
  • Electrician: Lon Caracappa
  • Key Hair Stylist: Emma C. Rotondi
  • ADR Voice Casting: Ashley Lambert
  • First Assistant “A” Camera: Nolan Ball
  • Casting Associate: Joey Montenarello
  • Digital Intermediate Producer: Zara Park
  • Music Editor: Michael Baber
  • Digital Intermediate Colorist: Corinne Bogdanowicz
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Greg Behrens
  • Armorer: Greg Gonzalez
  • Boom Operator: Brian Courchine
  • Local Casting: Aaron Kahl
  • Set Costumer: Amanda Hannan
  • Carpenter: Nick Bellofatto
  • Sound Mixer: Jason Fyrberg
  • Wardrobe Supervisor: Joanna Murphy
  • Foley Artist: Bogdan Zavarzin
  • BTS Photographer: Guillaume Tunzini
  • Set Decorating Coordinator: Katrina Morgan
  • Leadman: Stephen C. Peterman
  • Casting Director: Neely Eisenstein
  • Still Photographer: Emily Aragones
  • Set Dresser: Sean Martin
  • Assistant Art Director: Vince Mountain
  • Set Dresser: Frank M. Fleming
  • Rigging Grip: Peter D’Angelo
  • Generator Operator: Guy Holt
  • Casting Associate: Roya Semnanian
  • “B” Camera Operator: Tommy Fitzgerald
  • Sound Mix Technician: Dionysius Vlachos
  • Rigging Gaffer: Michael Dynice
  • Key Makeup Artist: Nicky Pattison Illum
  • Set Dresser: Christopher Sawtelle
  • Set Dresser: Tricia Turczynski
  • Dolly Grip: John R. Kaplan
  • First Assistant “B” Camera: Dan Mason
  • Digital Imaging Technician: Nicholas Pasquariello
  • Production Coordinator: Laura Calcagni
  • Second Assistant “A” Camera: Samuel Lüsted
  • Art Department Coordinator: Rick Radomski
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Stephen Turro
  • Scenic Artist: Julia Garrison
  • Carpenter: Benjamin Regan
  • Local Casting: Ashley Skomurski
  • First Assistant Director: Brett Robinson
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Bharat De
  • Truck Costumer: Lindsey Kethan
  • Key Costumer: Sara Dangler
  • Production Accountant: Mariarosa Calderon
  • Set Dresser: Rory Brett
  • Second Assistant “B” Camera: Felix Giuffrida
  • Scenic Artist: Thomas Colleran
  • Set Dresser: Jarrett Staaf
  • Second Assistant “B” Camera: Chris Malenfant
  • Set Dresser: Cara E. Rhodes
  • Scenic Artist: Amber Primm
  • Armorer: Gary L. Whelpley
  • Co-Producer: Narine Garibyan
  • Camera Operator: Edwin Rubio
  • Executive Producer: William Earon
  • Scenic Artist: Kerri McGill
  • Loader: Toshadeva Palani
  • Greensman: Catherine Rooney
  • Visual Effects Production Manager: Balaji Sreedharan
  • Matte Painter: Dasom Song
  • Matte Painter: Peter Braeley
  • Matte Painter: Chengwei Zheng
  • VFX Editor: Laura Carnegie
  • Production Supervisor: Ramses del Hierro
  • Assistant Costume Designer: Arianna Gallo
  • Tailor: Robin Chalfin
  • Visual Effects Compositor: Salim Kandulna
  • Art Department Production Assistant: Justine Follansbee
  • Assistant Property Master: Mike Schenk
  • Carpenter: Masha Kurenkov
  • Carpenter: Ashley Troiani
  • Makeup Artist: Krystle Poulin
  • Electrician: David Demers
  • Electrician: Alexandra Hadley
  • First Assistant “B” Camera: Jill Tufts
  • Grip: Tim Fagundes
  • Grip: Walton Hall
  • Costume Assistant: Nicholas Cushman
  • Digital Compositor: Manmath Birader
  • Digital Compositor: Neeraj Dhote
  • Digital Compositor: Anupam Pal
  • Digital Effects Supervisor: Bhanu Prakash
  • Matte Painter: Mayur Gangasagar
  • Matte Painter: Paul Robert Turner
  • Colorist: Rob Bessette
  • First Assistant Editor: Emily Freund
  • Music Editor: Mary Parker
  • Set Dresser: Niko Diaz
  • Set Dresser: James Sanderson
  • Set Dresser: Joshua Manning
  • Set Dresser: Catherine Scott
  • Set Dresser: Andrew Dehlinger
  • Drone Operator: Christopher Love
  • Generator Operator: Ian Halter
  • Rigging Grip: Barry F. Hite
  • Rigging Grip: Zachary Brown
  • Rigging Grip: Devin Charette
  • Rigging Grip: Fletcher Zona
  • Costume Assistant: Carolyn Volta
  • Marine Coordinator: Josef Boreland
  • Casting Assistant: Julia Solomon
  • Extras Casting: Molly Oliver
  • Extras Casting: Marina Clarke Paolino
  • Local Casting: Julie Arvedon Knowlton
  • Propmaker: Michael Caizzi
  • Propmaker: Stephen Goudreau
  • Propmaker: Aaron Emery
  • Propmaker: Henry Tomkins
  • Propmaker: Mathew T. Meeds
  • Propmaker: Stephanie Lapointe
  • Construction Buyer: Pamela Peabody
  • Scenic Artist: James Tolman
  • Scenic Artist: Josie Colt
  • Scenic Artist: Isabel Riley
  • Special Effects Technician: Tommy Carroll
  • Special Effects Technician: Ralph Wilber III
  • Digital Intermediate Assistant: Christopher Abdon
  • Digital Intermediate Assistant: Hugo Smith
  • Digital Intermediate Assistant: Brandon Trotter
  • Digital Intermediate Assistant: Brett Turner
  • Digital Intermediate Assistant: Brandee Wyse
  • Digital Effects Supervisor: Vivek Shelke
  • VFX Supervisor: Bojan Zoric
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Sunkyu Park
  • Visual Effects Production Manager: Prashant Agrawal
  • Compositing Supervisor: Toshiko Miura
  • Compositor: John Dinh
  • Compositor: Eric Covello
  • Compositor: Daniel Lee
  • Compositor: Yuri Shubenin

Movie Reviews:

  • Adam Rife: This movie started out really slow, the middle was really slow and the end was predictable and slow, nice to see Gina Davis but if you want a decent movie watch something else.
  • wildhunt1: **Overall Score: 4.6/5, 4.5/5 Stars, 9/10 Stars**

    It’s rare when you buy a movie unseen an end up enjoying it. I have always been a fan of Jessica Chastain, so when I saw a new movie with her in it, I knew I had to at least give it a shot. When I saw that it was inexpensive on VUDU, I figured why not just buy it. And I have to admit, I’m glad I did.

    **Storyline: 4/5**. Jessica Chastain plays Ava, an assassin working for a mysterious company who doesn’t really appreciate the fact that she talks to her targets. When she begins questioning herself, she goes home to see her family and ends up in a struggle for her life.

    **Characters: 4/5**. Ava is the main focus of the movie, but we also get introduced to her mother, sister, ex-boyfriend, and handler throughout the movie. Each has their own issues with Ava, but the one closest to her is Duke, her handler and trainer. Her mother is in the story for really no reason than backstory for Ava’s character. The sister, Judy, is a little more involved with her overall and might be the closest thing to a full secondary character. The ex-boyfriend, Michael, comes in a close third. There is no deep character connections in this movie, but the characters all do a good job moving the story forward.

    **Direction: 4/5**. I do not think I have seen any movies by Tate Taylor before, but he’s done a few movies that I never cared to see, so this is my first experience with him. Overall, he’s not a bad director. He has a good eye for how a movie should be filmed, he doesn’t use any crazy camera movements to show action, and overall I was happy with how he made the movie. I had no real problems with his sense of direction.

    **Casting: 5/5**. I love when a movie has a good cast. Jessica Chastain, Geena Davis, Common, Colin Farrell and John Malkovich are always good in whatever roles they are given.

    **Acting: 5/5**. What makes a good movie to me is when you lose the actors in their roles. There were times when this did not happen in the movie, but it was very rare. For the most part, I believed everyone as the parts they played and not as the actors playing them.

    **Music: 4/5**. The music in this movie isn’t the type I would download the soundtrack for, but it did its job in blending in without being a distraction, giving scenes that little extra *umph* they would need.

    **Cinematography: 5/5**. One of the most annoying things in recent action movies is the use of shaky-cam to give a feel of action. Thankfully, this movie did not use that. Scenes were shot well, and lighting was always perfect.

    **Production Design: 5/5**. There did not seem to be too many built sets in this movie, which really helped because I’m sure this movie probably did not have a large budget. The sets they used were used well and helped bring the story together.

    **Pacing: 5/5**. This movie did not drag like I was expecting it to. It moved a little slow but not at a pace where I kept wondering when the movie was going to end. Scenes seemed to be the perfect length to keep the story going without rushing through them or taking too long to get through.

    **Enjoyment: 5/5**. To me, how much I enjoy a movie is one of the most important factors. I enjoyed this movie a lot. It was a good spy-assassin thriller with a low enough budget that not too many chances could be taken so the story had to come through. I debated on whether my enjoyment was 4/5 or 5/5, and it might change in the future, but for now, I really did enjoy this movie.

  • Kamurai: Great watch, will likely watch again, and do recommend.

    This is probably one of the best assassin movies I’ve ever seen (“Smokin’ Aces”, “Kill Me Three Times” and “Hanna” come to mind as others), the best thing it does is be refreshing, normally when a “character comes home after a long time away” trope happens, it’s all about re-integrating, and how that affects the family, and it becomes a dark dramedy about dysfunctional families.

    I’m not saying it doesn’t to that, to a degree, but it does it in a spectacular way, and keeps it brief. It would actually be a solution to the main adversity of the movie, but because the premise is that she drags her work home with her, it’s all about survival.

    Jessica Chastain, Colin Ferrell, and (especially) John Malkovich do an amazing job on rather down to Earth (if a bit psychotic and brutal) action sequences.

    While there is a lot going on around the story, the real focus, and it’s worth it, her just trying to live through the organization she joined which she knows has to end in either her or the company’s death.

    I do feel like the worst of it is just that Diana Silvers sort of got sidelined, but I’m hoping that the sequel will focus on her quite a bit.

  • Kamurai: Great watch, will likely watch again, and do recommend.

    This is probably one of the best assassin movies I’ve ever seen (“Smokin’ Aces”, “Kill Me Three Times” and “Hanna” come to mind as others), the best thing it does is be refreshing, normally when a “character comes home after a long time away” trope happens, it’s all about re-integrating, and how that affects the family, and it becomes a dark dramedy about dysfunctional families.

    I’m not saying it doesn’t to that, to a degree, but it does it in a spectacular way, and keeps it brief. It would actually be a solution to the main adversity of the movie, but because the premise is that she drags her work home with her, it’s all about survival.

    Jessica Chastain, Colin Ferrell, and (especially) John Malkovich do an amazing job on rather down to Earth (if a bit psychotic and brutal) action sequences.

    While there is a lot going on around the story, the real focus, and it’s worth it, her just trying to live through the organization she joined which she knows has to end in either her or the company’s death.

    I do feel like the worst of it is just that Diana Silvers sort of got sidelined, but I’m hoping that the sequel will focus on her quite a bit.

  • jw: **special mix**

    Double Scotch, but ice?! Well, some like it.

    Part of the story is standard thriller fare by now – the professional assassin becoming hunted. Some over-the-top action scenes there.
    Another part is the dysfunctional but caring family, with guilt, remorse, love, drama. Well played, but it’s an unusual combination with the assassin story; and this special mix will appeal to some people – but my guess is: not many.
    Good actors giving good performances, solid work from other departments. But I don’t think script and direction were bringing their A-game.

    The part I liked best were the close combat parts. These were worth watching, IMHO – the exhaustion that sets in, no matter how trained people are; well played, choreographed, and the make-up+fx departments did a good job as well.

    I can’t recommend this in general; you need to have some special taste to enjoy it. In which case, have fun. And you may like “Hummingbird (2013)”.

  • itsogs: This movie was great for entertainment, the action was there, and the story was believable, although sometimes a little strange. All in all, I would watch this again. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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