Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Killers


Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) recently experienced a bad break up, so she reluctantly agrees to go on a vacation with her mother (Catherine O’Hara) and father (Tom Selleck) to the city of Nice, France in the French Riviera. At the hotel, she meets the shirtless Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher) in an elevator and flirts with him. Little does she know that he’s working as an assassin for the CIA. 

Three years later, they’re happily married and living in a nice suburban home in a quiet neighborhood. Complications arise when Spencer’s boss contacts him for a new mission and, soon enough, Jen tags along with him as they both try to stay alive.  

Killers arrives after two other romantic comedies with action, namely, The Bounty Hunter and the far more entertaining Date Night, but comes closer to the inanity and dullness of the former, especially given that there’s virtually zero chemistry between Jen and Spencer to begin with. She seems attracted to him on a purely physical level from the get-go and barely got to know him in Nice, so why would she suddenly trust him so easily and even get married to him after just coming from a bad break-up? 

Co-writers T.M. Griffin and Brad DeRosa throw plausibility right out the window and aim for dark comedy, but they’re aim is way off when it comes to providing laughs. How many times do you really have to watch Mrs. Kornfeldt sipping alcoholic beverages during the daytime? The few plot twists add even more to the film’s implausibility and lead to unintentional laughter because of how everything progresses in such a rushed and oversimplified manner that will eventually leave you feeling frustrated. 

Director Robert Luketic, who’s also responsible for such dreadful romcoms as The Ugly Truth and Monster-in-Law as well as wittier and funnier comedies like Legally Blonde, at least moves the film along at a brisk pace and includes slick cinematography so that you’re not completely bored. For a far superior blend of action, comedy and romance, please do yourself a favor and check out the hilarious and intelligent classic True Lies

At a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes, Killers is banal, asinine and frustratingly preposterous while lacking chemistry, laughs or even a modicum of cleverness.

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