KILLERS

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
SEPTEMBER 24, 2010

Despite my hatred towards this rating approach, if two films were fused to make “Killers,” it would be “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” meets “Knocked Up.” “Killers” takes a comical approach to the life of a 007-like character looking to start a new life and shoves a Judd Apatow-ish story at him. Ashton Kutcher buffs up to play secret agent Spencer Aimes, whose low monotone voice sends off the dark and handsome vibe. 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, and Heigl is the comedy. Though Kutcher is not known for his action roles, he fits in nicely. Because 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 is the typical 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 peek through. Heigl plays the role of comedic relief and guilt enforcer on Kutcher. Her constant screaming and inability to adapt to her new surroundings overshadow her absolute beauty and endearing nature when handling guns and high-speed chases.

The action ensues as the couple unravels and realizes that their neighbors and coworkers are all out to get them. Most of the time, you don’t believe that the people 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 most minor cameos of the film). Yet, for some reason, you follow along with the film and avoid any disbelief in the plot. Eventually, the film tries to climax with a twist that comes off stale and mediocre at best, revealing the film’s slowly declining quality throughout. Somehow I believe “Killers” started with the concept that a woman unknowingly marries a secret agent, which sounds somewhat promising, but creating the story for the film proved more complex. As the film loses steam, you wonder if the idea was just not meant for a feature film.

“Killers” only works because Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl are established and bring a sense of credibility with them when playing new roles. You can tolerate everything around them as long as they are present and active in their roles. “Killers” is not entirely up to par with its predecessors like the compared “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” but worth a viewing for the unique teaming of Kutcher and Heigl.

RELEASE DATE
June 4, 2010

DIRECTOR
Robert Luketic

WRITTEN BY
Bob DeRosa
Ted Griffin

STUDIO
Lionsgate

PG-13
(for violent action, sexual material and language)

ACTION
COMEDY
ROMANCE

THRILLER
100 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Russell Carpenter

COMPOSER
Rolfe Kent

EDITOR
Mary Jo Markey
Richard Francis-Bruce

CAST
Ashton Kutcher
Katherine Heigl
Tom Selleck
Catherine O’Hara
Katheryn Winnick
Kevin Sussman
Lisa Ann Walter
Casey Wilson
Rob Riggle
Martin Mull
Alex Borstein

PRODUCED BY
Scott Aversano
Jason Goldberg
Mike Karz
Ashton Kutcher
Chad Marting
Christopher S. Pratt
Josie Rosen

BUDGET
$75 million

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