VIOLET & DAISY is… different. Young female assassins are not exactly an original idea in cinema, but writer/director Geoffrey Fletcher tries to do something unique with the archetype and step away from recent examples like Hit Girl and Hanna. He succeeds in that aspect, but fails on making an interesting, watchable film.
Fletcher follows up his Oscar wrinning screenplay for PRECIOUS with this film and the two couldn't be more dissimilar. VIOLET & DAISY is part hit(wo)man movie, part coming of age drama, melded together with pop sensibilities. First we witness the "cool" side of the killer title characters as the movie opens with them taking out bad guys while dressed as bubble gum-chewing nuns. But soon we see they're nothing more than immature teenagers—obsessed with fashion, pop music and playing pattycake and hopscotch. (To drive home their immaturity, the film has them jump up and down on the stomachs of their victims and do the "Internal Bleeding Dance.") Once they meet their mysterious mark the movie turns in to a very talky character study where everyone examines their life choices and discusses free will and heaven. Most it is just irrelevant nonsense of no consequence to the actual plot. I get what Fletcher's trying to accomplish here by deconstructing the mystique of the characters. It's just not very entertaining.
HANNA star Saiorse Ronan and "Gilmore Girl" Alexis Bledel have a nice chemistry together and are fine in their roles; they just can't do much with what they're given. Same with the late James Gandolfini, who brings some depth to the mopey target, but it's ultimately in service of nothing. And if you were excited by seeing Danny Trejo on the cover, he only has a minute-long cameo as the girls' handler Russ.
VIOLET & DAISY isn't your typical assassin flick, I'll give it that. It has a solid cast who try hard to elevate the material. Unfortunately there's not much they can do to make this meandering story interesting for the audience.
Extra Tidbit: Bruce Willis was originally considered for Gandolfini's role.