Maya (played by Sofya Skya) becomes the target of the Russian mafia after her husband, a successful American businessman, is killed. That's the premises for the whole story - a tale of her life told as mostly a flashback while she sits in an officer's office awaiting to either be granted stay in the USA or sent back to Russia, to where (it becomes more and more clear as the movie progresses) there is imminent threat waiting for her!
Despite the title (the alternative title - White Swan - is probably a better fit), there is not much assassination going on within this movie. Well, people do get killed, but the main character is far from an assassin, and most of the movie's spent on the run, in prison or at the ballet - where she does put on a compelling performance! No stunt doubles needed here. At times they turn the ballet into a lethal weapon, her incredibly agile body an awesome mortal instrument... in theory. In practice it looks a bit silly.
The actors are OK. The plot twists. The drama rises and falls as Maya gets thrown from one scenario to the next, and it's an interchangeably bright and hopeful and bleak, despairing trip that takes her across the world and ultimately reveals the true enemy. The sceneries are beautiful. Filmography is great, actors good, overall... it's a good movie!
rated 4/5: fo shizzle