Slater plays Robert Diggs, a former FBI agent who relocated himself to Bulgaria and switched to education after an unfortunate collision of work and personal life left his wife dead. He's happy where he is, but when a mysterious assassin shows up and starts taking out high-profile targets the FBI can't get to themselves, Robert's boss Ashdown (Sutherland) asks him to get involved with catching the killer. Meanwhile, Robert's friend Dr. Kahn (Spall) encourages Robert to get on with his personal life, but Robert's involvement with a beautiful dancer (Elika Portnoy) sets up another chance for his love life and his profession to get in the way of each other.
It's hard to discuss much of Assassin's Bullet because...well, assuming the viewer of the film has eyes, I expect they'll figure out one of the movie's major reveals the moment they have the opportunity to do so. However, the characters are apparently not blessed with the same power of perception or intelligence that the audience is, and Florentine is stuck between a rock and a hard place: let the audience know that he realizes the movie's smoke and mirrors aren't fooling anyone and make all of his characters look like morons, or ignore it, and play it up as the most obvious twist in the history of filmmaking (which, frankly, still makes his characters look like morons). Not only does Florentine choose the latter, but he refuses to throw out the meticulously-constructed red herring scenes that accompany this kind of reveal.
Then again, it'd be easy to look past some corny screenwriting if the film was fun and exciting, but the movie fails at that too. An early scene of the assassin taking out a small storefront full of criminals has an energy and clarity that so many modern action movies lack, but that scene is followed by almost 40 minutes of half-assed character development and an intensely boring romance. All three leads appear attentive and ready to jump into a role should the film offer them anything to do, but there's a long stretch where everyone is stuck with material they just can't breathe any life into. After what seems like an eternity, Slater gets to have a short fistfight with the assassin, but it's way, way too late and the shootout that follows isn't as impressive as the one earlier in the film.
By the time Assassin's Bullet is ready to wrap things up, everyone has completely checked out, including the screenwriters, who leave several stories completely unresolved. A cynic would suggest they're just leaving things open for a sequel, but in execution it feels like the ultimate expression of laziness: letting the audience put it all together is a moody, "serious" ending. Florentine's invigoration of his Undisputed sequels came from his ability to shed the unnecessary overtures and give the audience a great vehicle for the good stuff, but Assassin's Bullet rests at the other end of the spectrum: all fat cut from better movies and lazily strung together for a few bucks.
The Video and Audio
A Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track has a little of the cheapness usually associated with low-budget, direct-to-video movies, but it sounds pretty good for what it is. Gunfire and explosions pack a decent punch, and the music sounds good. The only thing lacking is environmental effects, which are a little sparse and clean. Closed captioning is provided on TVs capable of displaying them, but no subtitles are available on the disc itself.
Trailers for 96 Minutes, Age of the Dragons, and Blood Money play before the main menu. An original theatrical trailer for Assassin's Bullet is also provided.