Predictable and lifeless, Ava is a film where director Tate Taylor (The Help, The Girl on the Train) seems to have forgone the concept of including ‘entertainment’ in his all-action assassin feature.

Specialising in high profile hits, Jesssica Chastain (The Help, Molly’s Game) is wasted as Ava, ex-military, ex-addict who has achieved a level of atonement for her past, but at the expense of family life in Boston. But when two successive jobs go desperately wrong, Ava needs to protect herself and that same family, no matter how well John Malkovich (Bird Box, Dangerous Liaisons) tries to protect her within the organisation.

With its trite script, laughable scenarios, bad wigs and poor characterisation (add Geena Davis, Common, Colin Farrell, Joan Chen to the cast list), Ava is little more than a bore from start to finish.

Rating: 35%

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