At first sight "The Liquidator" looks like a throwback to '70s revenge action with a Jason Bourne-like hero. But, with a hero whose own deeds and motives are called into question when the law starts hunting him down, the film (produced in Kazakhstan) is obviously trying to be something more than a vigilante thriller. Unfortunately, the unique concept is ruined by the bland and cliché storytelling, as well as the poorly-executed action sequences.
Arsen (Aitzhanov Berik) is a bodyguard whose journalist brother gets killed while investigating corruption among the social higher-ups. Arsen soon embarks on a vendetta against the people he thinks are responsible for his brother's untimely death.
The story itself is serviceable, but direction is amateurish. The story goes on and on, just following the events in the least exciting way, with no notion of rhythm or narrative flow. Except the final fifteen minutes the director does not even attempt to build up tension of action or drama. In short, the film is terribly boring.
Vinnie Jones ("Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels") appears as an unnamed killer, but his screen time is about ten minutes or less, and his role is a just cameo, good but nothing special. The film's star is Aitzhanov Berik, who delivers a solid performance as the hero determined to avenge the murder of his brother. He deserves a better script and direction. In short, "The Liquidator" has decent production values and acting, but it could be much better with more effective storytelling.