Ava (2020) reviews and overview

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[Total: 35   Average: 2.7/5]

‘Kill. Or be killed.’

Ava is a 2020 American action thriller about a deadly female assassin who works for a black ops organization specializing in high-profile hits. When a job goes dangerously wrong she is forced to fight for her own survival.

Directed by Tate Taylor (The Girl on the Train) from a screenplay written by Matthew Newton (Who We Are Now; From Nowhere), the Freckle Films-Voltage Pictures production stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, John Malcovich, Common, Geena Davis and Colin Farrell.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“It would seem all of Ava’s budget went on casting and whilst those in the film play their roles well their is little for them to get their teeth into. Instead we are left with a movie that is basically a driftwood. It gets there in the end but you have probably stopped caring when it does.” Cult Faction

“Chastain is utterly convincing in another tough-as-nails role. If audiences stick with the movie, it’s largely thanks to her movie-star charisma, which almost compensates for the increasingly ridiculous plot. Malkovich and Farrell seem to understand they are A-list talent in B-movie roles and relish the opportunity” The Hollywood Reporter

“Only the biggest Jessica Chastain fans will enjoy this as Ava spins its wheels in no real direction and with no real sense of satisfaction for the audience. Ava doesn’t just kill people, Ava (the movie) kills any hope of suspense. Skip unless you’re addicted to palindromes.” Hub Pages

“Outside of Chastain showing off her chops as an action-hero, up to including the expectedly brutal face-off with Simon (minus the curiously inert conclusion), there’s little reason to give Ava more than a passing, indifferent glance on the new releases section of whatever VOD service Ava finds itself this weekend and in the immediate future.” Screen Anarchy


Ava will be released online on August 25th 2020 in Canada and August 27th in the UK. A US release will follow on September 25th 2020.

Cast and characters:

Jessica Chastain … Ava
John Malkovich … Duke
Common … Michael
Colin Farrell … Simon
Geena Davis
Ioan Gruffudd … Peter
Joan Chen
Diana Silvers
Jess Weixler
Janelle Feigley … Dancer
Rob Lévesque … Panicked Father
Omar Khan … Hotel Guest
Matt Lindquist … Actor
Nadezhda Russo … Simon’s wife
Lin Hultgren … German Embassy Guest

Technical details:

96 minutes


Not to be confused with the film of the same name by Sadaf Foroughi.


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