“KNOX GOES AWAY” (2023) | Film Review

“KNOX GOES AWAY” (2023) | Film Review

24. June 2024 Off By Thorsten Boose

Reference to Jackie Chan: none available

“I can’t remember.”

Michael Keaton has been a film star for so long that his acting makes almost every role believable. He also impresses with his solid acting in ‘KNOX GOES AWAY’ (2023).

Why the German title ‘A KILLER’S MEMORY’ is so far removed from the original ‘KNOX GOES AWAY’ and yet is still entirely in English is probably a mystery to the distributor. But the original title in particular has a much more poetic meaning if you know the film than the clumsy German crime thriller title.

Despite the German title confusion, we experience the downfall of our film hero KNOX, called ARISTOTELES, from the very beginning, who heralds the end of his career as a contract killer when he is diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease at a rapid pace.

Without further ado, mistakes happen, KNOX no longer remembers and is confused. And then, after many years of no contact, his son appears at the door and needs help. ‘A KILLER’S MEMORY’ is not a bloody thriller or a complex crime film, rather the characters tell us their story as if we were leafing through their diary.

As only the second directorial work by lead actor MICHAEL KEATON, this is a cosy way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It could have been a little shorter, but the film gets by without any agenda.

A solid 6.3 out of 10 stars

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