Killers (2010)

killersStarring: Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara, Rob Riggle, Katheryn Winnick, Lisa Ann Walter, Casey Wilson, Kevin Sussman, Alex Borstein, Usher Raymond

Directed by: Robert Luketic

PG-13. 100 mins

A hugely pointless endeavour that has hardly enough humour or thrills to warrant an action-comedy status. The story, which is devoid of depth and logic, centres around Spencer, an ex-assassin for the government who decides to quit the business and settle down with Jen, (Katherine Heigl), the woman of his dreams. They live a normal suburban wife for three years until suddenly their suburban bliss is interrupted when Spencer discovers that there is now a price on his head. Of course, keeping his past a secret from his wife is no easy feat, especially when his in-laws (Catherine O’Hara & Tom Sellick) don’t understand the idea of personal space. Directed by Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde, 21, The Ugly Truth), I can’t say I’m surprised that the storytelling is lazy and easily forgettable. Even the often likeable leads seem to be bereft of any chemistry together. Heigl does her best, but all the delivery here is so over-the-top and still doesn’t fill the gaping conceptual void. This film is just one of many romantic comedies following a perplexing trend in which romance is somehow strengthened with car chases and gunshots. Painfully banal and verging on idiotic, Killers is another frustrating case of déjà vu – 1/2


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