|June 4, 2010|
|Action, Comedy, Romance
Rated PG-13 for violent action, sexual material and language
Despite my hatred towards this rating approach, if there were two films that were fused together to make Killers, it would be Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets Knocked Up. Killers takes a comical approach at the life of a 007-like character looking to start a new life, and shoves a Judd Apatow-esc story at him. Ashton Kutcher buffs up for the role of the secret agent Spencer Aimes, whose low monotone voice sends off the dark and handsome vibe as he works his magic on Katherine Heigl, the recently dumped Jen Kornfeldt, while she vacations in Nice with her parents, Catherine O’Hara and Tom Selleck.
Kutcher and Heigl share great chemistry. Kutcher is the action to Heigl’s comedy. Though Kutcher is not known for his action roles, he fits in nicely. The fact that the writers place Kutcher in the regular part of his life, as opposed to the actual life of the secret agent, it is easier to believe Kutcher as the normal guy. Although he handles the action portion of the film with ease, the comedic part of Kutcher that made him famous still finds a way to peak through. Heigl plays the role of comedic relief and guilt enforcer on Kutcher. Her constant screaming and inability to adapt to her new surroundings is somehow overshadowed by her absolute beauty and adorable nature when handling guns and high speed chases.
As the couple unravels and realizes that their neighbors and coworkers are all out to get them, the action ensues. Even though most of the time you do not believe that the people being sent to kill them have the actual ability to do so (i.e. Rob Riggle and Kevin Sussman, although Usher Raymond offers one of the funniest and smallest cameos of the film), for some reason you follow along with the film and avoid any sort of disbelief in the plot. Eventually the film tries to climax on a twist that comes off stale and mediocre at best, revealing the film’s slowly declining quality throughout. Somehow I believe Killers started off with the concept that a woman unknowingly marries a secret agent, which sounds somewhat promising, but creating the story for the film proved more difficult and as the film loses steam, you wonder if the idea was just not meant to have been a feature film.
Killers only works well because Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl are established and bring a sense of credibility with them when playing new roles, where you do not entirely have to be on board with what is happening around them, as long as they are present and active in their roles. Killers is not completely up to par with its predecessors like the compared Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but worth a viewing for the unique teaming of Kutcher and Heigl.