Killers

  • Year:2010
  • Rating:M
  • Cast:Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher
  • Release Date:July 29, 2010
  • Distributor:Roadshow
  • Running time:93 minutes
  • Film Worth:$2.50
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While aiming to be an action comedy, this truly awful film is devoid of laughs or suspense.

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Strangely echoing the premise and tone of the new Tom Cruise vehicle Knight And Day, Killers begins with Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) and her annoying parents, Mr. Kornfeldt (Tom Selleck) and Mrs. Kornfeldt (Catherine O'Hara), arriving on the French Riviera to begin their dream holiday. After slipping the watchful eye of her controlling dad (who's clearly seen Meet The Parents a few times), Jen meets Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher) in the hotel lift. He's an uber-assassin on the payroll of the US Government, but unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with Jen and contemplating marriage.

Fast forward three years, and the pair are living in wedded domestic bliss in suburbia. A call from his old agency boss, however, sends Spencer into a paranoid spin as he finds out that an unknown enemy has targeted him for assassination. So, as the killers start coming out of the woodwork to collect the huge bounty on his head, there's no one that Spencer can trust, except his wife.

After helming the truly abhorrent Monster-In-Law and The Ugly Truth, and then gaining filmic credibility with the stylish gambling drama 21, Australian-born filmmaker Robert Luketic takes a flamethrower to whatever street-cred he had left with this mind-bendingly awful effort. The concept does have comedic possibilities (as seen in True Lies), but Luketic explores hardly any of them. He's totally out of his depth as an action filmmaker, and saddled with the task of balancing the comedy and the action, he all but ruins many of the film's major set pieces.

The script is ludicrously overcooked, with too much unnecessary exposition at the expense of laughs, while Heigl's habitual decision to play each role as a nostril-flaring, wild-eyed, squealing shrew is growing tiresome.

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