The Power of the Big Screen: Why The Killer Should Be Seen in Cinemas

Lights, camera, action! The highly anticipated film, The Killer, directed by David Fincher, has been making waves in the cinema world. But why is it so essential to experience this gripping masterpiece on the big...

Lights, camera, action! The highly anticipated film, The Killer, directed by David Fincher, has been making waves in the cinema world. But why is it so essential to experience this gripping masterpiece on the big screen? We caught up with the film's cinematographer, Erik Messerschmidt, to get the inside scoop.

A Revelation in Sound

Messerschmidt, known for his exceptional work on Fincher's previous projects like Mank and Mindhunter, highlighted the transformative power of sound in The Killer in an exclusive interview with Initially, he wasn't convinced of the necessity to watch the film in theaters. However, after spending time with Ren Klyce, the sound designer, his perspective changed.

The cinematographer emphasized the acoustic experience that can only be fully appreciated in a cinema setting. Having watched the film multiple times on the big screen, Messerschmidt realized the intricate details and nuances that unfold through the medium of sound. In his own words, "There's an experience you get with this film in the cinema that I don't believe is possible in the home theatre, in terms of appreciating the sound."

Cinema: The Ultimate Immersive Experience

While acknowledging that people ultimately have the freedom to choose how they consume the film, Messerschmidt passionately advocates for watching The Killer in cinemas. He believes that the film's grandeur is best showcased on the big screen, where every captivating frame can be absorbed fully. Additionally, he emphasizes the communal aspect of cinema, where the shared experience enhances the overall enjoyment.

"But the geography of the space is told in sound in a way that I think is really unique in this movie, and something you really need to be in the cinema to experience," he concluded.

The Killer Erik Messerschmidt, the cinematographer of The Killer.

A Personal Journey

Despite his unwavering belief in the power of the cinema experience, Messerschmidt acknowledges that he cannot control how individuals choose to watch the film. To reassure himself, he reflects on his own formative experiences of watching classic films on smaller screens. This realization prompts him to prioritize the quality of the film itself as an enjoyment experience rather than solely focusing on the viewing medium.

"I think you approach it... you want to make it look great on the silver screen," he said. "But I can't control if people watch it on an iPad or an iPhone, you know. So, you know, I try to think that it has... that the quality of the viewing experience should be secondary to the quality of the film as an enjoyment experience."

Intriguing Plot and Stellar Cast

The Killer, based on the French graphic novel by Alexis 'Matz' Nolent, offers a thrilling narrative with Michael Fassbender in the lead role as a vengeful assassin. The film takes viewers on a suspenseful journey through the elite world of contract killing, delivering a gripping tale of survival.

In our four-star review, we described The Killer as "a grisly but highly satisfying tale of survival in the elite world of contract killing."

The film will hit select cinemas on October 27, 2023, and be available for streaming on Netflix starting November 3, 2023.

The Killer Starring Michael Fassbender, The Killer promises a thrilling and visually captivating experience.


As Erik Messerschmidt reminds us, whether you choose to watch The Killer in a cinema or in the comfort of your own home, the paramount factor is the film's quality and ability to immerse you in its story. However, there's no denying the unique magic that comes alive in the cinema. So, if you're a film enthusiast looking for a wholly captivating and shared experience, make sure to catch The Killer on the big screen.

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Lights, camera, and get ready to be captivated by The Killer – a film that truly comes to life on the grandest of screens.