Daily News header

Killers Film Review

By     get stories by email

Kutcher and Heigl Co-Star in Spy Retires to Suburbia Sitcom

Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher) is a CIA Agent with a license to kill. The dashing international spy with 14 notches on his belt is staying at a luxurious, seaside resort in Nice, France where he is preparing for another hit. The daring sleuth's current assignment calls for him to scuba dive to a yacht docked nearby in order to attach an explosive to the bottom of a helicopter sitting on the boat's deck before detonating the bomb via remote control once the chopper's hovering over the Mediterranean.

En route to executing the assignment, however, sparks fly when he shares an elevator with Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl), a conventional Midwestern gal registered at the same hotel. She's on vacation, accompanied by her parents, to get back into the saddle after recently being dumped by her jerk of a boyfriend. Until now, her alcoholic mother (Catherine O'Hara) and overprotective father (Tom Selleck) have mostly been running interference between their daughter and any prospective suitors, like proverbial flies in the ointment.

However, instantly-smitten Jen and Spencer agree to have dinner that evening, a date which blossoms into a whirlwind romance that in turn leads to love and marriage. Tired of the grisly side of his profession, Spencer welcomes this opportunity to leave espionage behind for an uneventful life in suburbia with the girl of his dreams.

An ominous warning from his boss (Martin Holbrook), that no one just walks away from the Agency unilaterally, bears fruit only after we find the cozy couple settled back in the States. Just pregnant Jen still has no clue about her husband's line of work until he spill the beans when assassins start jumping out of the woodwork to take potshots for the $20 million bounty on his head.

Thus, the plot finally thickens in the second act of Killers, a freewheeling farce directed by Aussie Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde). This madcap, action sitcom merges the talents of Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl, a well-matched pair of naturals blessed with perfect comedic timing. The two generate as much screen chemistry as they do laughs, although they're ultimately abandoned by a script which turns a tad too farcical for this critic's taste.

Nonetheless, the movie is worth the investment for the cinematic capture of the Southern France backdrops, as well as the badinage between the charming leads ever so reminiscent of those classic Doris Day-Rock Hudson exchanges in flicks like Pillow Talk (1959), Lover Come Back (1961) and Send Me No Flowers (1964).

Send Me No Hit Men!

Very Good (2.5 stars)
Rated PG-13 for sexuality, profanity and violence.
Running time: 100 Minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films

To see a trailer for Killers, press play:

Kam Williams is a syndicated film and book critic who writes for 100+ publications. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Online, the African-American Film Critics Association, and the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee. Contact him through NewsBlaze.

See More: Killers Movie Review
  Please click this get stories by email button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Movie Reviews News

Prior to the reunion, I was going in the wrong direction ... I didn't realize from whence I came ... By the time I was 16, I had become a lost soul, confused about life.
Kam Williams reviews an awful film that is a misogynistic dramedy, with four, obnoxious, testosterone-fueled slackers venting their bile on unsuspecting victims.
Potable water is becoming increasingly scarce. Water is life, but human misuse of water is causing big problems, according to the Secret of Water documentary.
Don't miss these opening movies of the week including Cinderella, starring Lily James, a live-action version of the classic fairytale.
Working man Darnell Lewis is stuck on the wrong side of the tracks in South Central L.A., living the opposite life to Mr. King who has money all around him.
High-action movies, starting with The Gunman, with Sean Penn, directed by Pierre Morel, plus the sci-fi Insurgent, with Shailene Woodley and Taylor Lautner in Tracers.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month


Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

landing page ad

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site