Posted by: koungaroo | June 27, 2010

Killers (2010)

“You don’t just quit being a contract killer”

Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) believes she’ll never fall in love again, trying to recover from a tragic break-up (boo/hoo). But when she reluctantly joins her parents on a trip to the French Riviera, her father, who is played by Tom Selleck and his lush moustache, is ridiculously overprotective and the biggest hardass I’ve ever met, and her mother, the giddy Catherine O’Hara, is a bit of a Chardonnay lush. They don’t miss a chance to remind Jen how normal and boring she is (nice parents). Jen happens to meet the man of her dreams, (in an elevator of all places) the dashing, handsome Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher), whom “follows” her to the beach and asks her to dinner. Fast forward three years and her seemingly impossible wish has come true (shocker): she and Spencer are newlyweds living the ideal suburban life—that is, until the morning after Spencer’s 30th birthday when bullets start flying. Literally. It turns out Spencer never bothered to tell Jen he was once an international super-spy, and now Jen’s perfect world has been turned upside down. We find out later in the story (at the end of all times…just when it gets a bit interesting) that Jens father knew of Spencer’s previous work, and hired the neighbors and co-workers 3 years before in case Spencer started working for the his old boss again, who Jen’s father says had “gone dirty.” After seeing the postcard from Holbrook in Spencer’s office, he came to the conclusion that Spencer had re-accepted his old job and “activated” the assassins. He tells her that he had been an assassin also and that he was actually the target Spencer was supposed to kill in Nice three years earlier. What a twist of fate!

There is something about that almost nervous vulnerability of Katherine Heigl that I find quite appealing. And she offers up much the same in this too. She provides that grounded life for Kutcher’s character and her charm as the “everyday” girl works so well in this. Sadly its shattered too soon. But enjoyable and intentional as it was, it was very good.
Kutcher had me going for the first part of this film. His smooth “ladies man” presence made his character that picture of unachievable status for Heigl. It made me wonder if he could pocket his goofy side long enough to really impress me. I have a glimmer hope for Kutcher as a serious actor. But like his act of normalcy, it fades quick. Kutcher is goofy funny in this, and reverts to his standard comedy routine. When he is being Kutcher style funny in this, he does it well.

I honestly didn’t know if I could consider Kutcher an action star and if he could drop the goofball ass act for just a minute I really could. But first and foremost this is a comedy, and while Tom Cruise in the same role (Knight and Day anyone?) I would have liked this movie a whole lot more. The whole struggling blindly to adapt to a situation so out of left field is not as well handled here. Heigl gets into the swing of things a little too easily. This allows the pace of the film to move ahead, but the breakneck speed is a little too much. The characters in the movie adapt and go with the flow way too easily and because of this it makes the movie non-realistic and too fantasyish.

★★- Enjoyable, but not worth seeing – If I can take anything away from this, it is that Katherine Heigl is really cute, and hopefully one day Kutcher is going to put aside the goofy silly and knock someone’s socks off (after seeing this movie I can see that he has it in him). That being said, the film was mostly enjoyable but not spectacular.

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  2. This is good mah bull! I like how you are more for the idea of being enjoyable, instead of predictability, or originality. Good stuff! Keep it up!

    • hah, thanks mah nig


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