Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Review: Killers

Grade: C+

Jen Kornfeldt is a beautiful, young, super-cautious computer tech vacationing in the south of France. Spencer Aimes is a government trained super assassin completing a mission in the south of France. When the two meet by chance in the hotel they are both staying in, there is an instant connection and the two fall instantly in love. Spencer quits his usual business and takes up a contractor job at a construction company. The two marry and live the seemingly perfect life in suburbia. Three years later, though, Spencer is contacted by his old boss, the next day, he learns he is the target of a $40 million hit contract. This brings all the assassins out of the woodwork, most of whom the couple knows. Jen and Spencer then go on the run trying to find out who wants him dead and try to stop all the madness.

This movie was enjoyable for the most part. The jokes in the movie are pretty cliché and the story has kind of been done, and is sort of being done again later this year with Knight and Day. Ashton Kutcher (Valentine’s Day, Spread) plays the former super assassin, Spencer. I don’t really care for Kutcher outside of That 70’s Show and this movie didn’t really change that. He wasn’t bad in this movie he just wasn’t all that great and they mostly got him because he looks good without a shirt on. Katherine Heigl (The Ugly Truth, Knocked Up) plays the nervous wreck that is Jen. I really don’t like Katherine Heigl and again, this movie didn’t change that either. Heigl plays the same character and acts the same way that she does in every movie that she’s in. As with Kutcher, the best part about her is her looks.

The action in the movie is pretty decent. A lot of the fight scenes or car chases are actually pretty enjoyable and tend to have a bit of the comedy mixed in. The comedy isn’t anything new and was catered to the two main actors. Sadly, the joke in the movie that I found to be funniest was when they were talking about how sweet Tom Selleck’s character’s mustache is. One part of the movie I found to be completely ridiculous is that it seems that every single person the couple knows is an assassin, that just seems a bit insane and over the top to me. I’m not saying that this movie is bad by any means, it was rather enjoyable it was all just pretty by the book for this kind of movie. All I’m saying is that Mr. and Mrs. Smith, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, did it way better.

The movie is loaded with appearances and cameos by other actors. Including Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara, Kevin Sussman, Casey Wilson, Rob Riggle, Martin Mull, Alex Borstein, Larry Joe Campbell and the most random and pointless appearance by Usher playing a store manager.

If you’re looking for a simply fun and mostly enjoyable action comedy, Killers is the movie to see right now. It isn’t a great movie but it is pretty fun to watch and is worth the trip to the theater to see. It actually would make a pretty great date movie.

Great quote: “That is a pretty sweet mustache.”

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