It's perhaps something of a triumph that after years of standing in for every other place in the world, Bulgaria gets to play Bulgaria in the low-budget, Sofia-set thriller "Assassin's Bullet." What goes unrecognizable, however, is the entertainment value in this dippy hodgepodge of hitman action, illogical romance and geopolitical commentary.
Christian Slater plays a U.S. embassy envoy tasked by the American ambassador (Donald Sutherland) to investigate a series of vigilante killings of high-value terrorists. We also get to know a blond Bulgarian schoolteacher at the embassy named Vicki (a hardworking but expression-free Elika Portnoy, credited with the story).
Scarred by the memory of her terrorist-murdered parents when she was a child, Vicki has mysterious blackouts that aren't that difficult to solve once we're introduced to a suspiciously similar-looking, red-ringleted belly dancer who flirts with Slater, and a sunglasses-sporting woman running around in black leather.
Director Isaac Florentine has a restless style, but hearing a "whoosh" with every quick camera pan is a tacit acknowledgment that something besides the script and acting is needed to keep viewers engaged. Extended belly dancing sequences and repeated flashbacks are also on the list of distraction tactics.