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    June 13, 2010

    MOVIE REVIEW: KILLERS

    KILLERS (English/PG13)

    Genre: Action/Comedy
    Release Date: 3 June 2010
    Distributor: Lionsgate
    Running Time: 100 minutes
    Director: Robert Luketic
    Producers: Scott Aversano, Jason Goldberg, Mike Karz, Ashton Kutcher, Chad Marting, Christopher S. Pratt, Josie Rosen
    Writers: Bob DeRosa, Ted Griffin
    Casts: Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Hiegl, Tom Selleck, Catherine O'Hara
    Plot: While on vacation with her parents, Jennifer Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) meets Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher), a good-looking single man. The two soon fall in love and continue their relationship back home, rushing into a quick marriage. Jen thinks she has found the perfect man but she doesn't know Spencer actually works for the CIA and often spends his days chasing and killing criminals. Their lives are about to take a turn for the worse when they discover that certain parties actually contracted to kill the couple.




    THE VERDICT



    Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Hiegl's combination can be enough to evoke some fun or seriously deadly outing. We expect something fun and deadly for Killers, but unfortunately, it did not get the way it should be. Rather, Killers was not a great movie to deal with and it was rather retarded and something on my guts that tell me that the word "Killers" has been inappropriately used to highlight the true skin of the movie. Why Killers so-called retarded? I have plenty of that reasons to say after all.




    Killers that the story of an oddly couple who just met in Nice. Jen Kornfrldt (Hiegl) spent her time traveling to France with her parents following a break-up, met Spencer who was in Nice to do his last killing job. Spencer ultimately quits his life as an assassin despising the order from his superior, planning to marry Jen as his wife. Three years later, the past of Spencer haunts him again. Spencer gets a postcard from his old boss and the ultimatum to take another job, in which he refused. However, things get ugly as he sensed someone in the neighbourhood is planning to take him down.


    Killers reflects a poor, subconsciously and underdeveloped plot. The storyline involving a killer could have mesmerizing, ambitious and unique but for this one, it does not excite at all (not a bit!) For those coming in to watch this movie blindly without knowing the proper plot, the whole watching experience can be agonizing. Just ask yourself this question; what sort of killer does this movie trying to reflect? There are also plenty of non-sense and ridiculous story line thrown in it. There isn't much proper explaination to conclude on why Spencer must kill Mr Kornfeldt. There isn't a clear explanation regarding the background of Mr Kornfeldt. Perhaps, how on earth Spencer ends up in a neighbourhood full with killers? Like these and others, there are many unanswered and ridiculous plot that is so troublesome.




    One thing for sure, Killers take in the formula of the success of Mr & Mrs Smith too cheaply. Both has a marrying couple that can kick ass. Both has killing instinct but the Brangelina's movie worth more of the time and popcorn. At least Mr & Mrs Smith has a proper story and more stylish action to marvel at. Then, you also have some elements from Date Night. The action comedy works out quite well in Date Night, but this one stinks. While the humours are there, those pickup lines do not work in this kind of setting, thus becoming very unneccessary. Perhaps the one and only line I liked was "Let's say I work for blah blah blah and they gave me a license to blah!"




    The marketing of Killers is so poor. The trailer shows a couple fending off some killers. We know Ashton Kutcher is a killer but under what organization is something debatable. It is considerably okay to say that this is a popcorn escapist judging by its trailer and perhaps. The title gets so confused because Killers is not really accurate to sum up the whole plot in the movie. What ever it is, we eneded up getting a dull, boring and lacking real thrills and laughters in this movie.




    Ashton Kutcher plays Spencer, a killer while Katherine Hiegl plays Jen, his wife. While the chemistry between the couple is essential, in Killers, the whole chemistry is not really strong. Taking the examples of Mr & Mrs Smith (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - are completely gel) or Date Night (Steve Carrell and Tina Fey - are completely truthful and bonded), Killers does not get anyway near than those. It isn't hard to see how odd Hiegl and Kutcher can be when they are together - up to the point that it doesn't have any value at all. Tom Selleck is respectable but has a confusing mysterious background. Catherine O'Hara as Mrs Kornfeldt is the only character in the movie that I liked - boozing herself with lots of alcohol but still sane enough to provide a real comic relief.


    IN SHORT


    Killers comes with a dull story that is uninspiring, underdeveloped and formulaic. The plot is ridiculous and misadventure, while both the leading stars do not seem bonded with more than just a defining chemistry. The actions are averagely made but there is nothing much to be. This is a terrible movie to watch anyway.


    THE RATING
    Story - 1.5 stars
    Casts - 2.5 stars
    Cinematography - 2.5 stars
    Effects - 2.5 stars
    OVERALL - 2.0 stars
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 8.4
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