Killers

June 4th, 2010








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Killers

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Plot
A vacationing woman meets her ideal man, leading to a swift marriage. Back at home, however, their idyllic life is upset when they discover their neighbors could be assassins who have been contracted to kill the couple.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 5.1/10 (30,908 voted)

Critic's Score: 21/100

Director: Robert Luketic

Stars: Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Selleck

Storyline
Spencer Aimes is just your average, undercover, government-hired super-assassin accustomed to a life of exotic European locales, flashy sports cars and even flashier women. But when he meets Jen Kornfeldt, a beautiful, fun-loving computer tech recovering from a bad break-up, he finds true love...and happily trades international intrigue for domestic bliss. Three years later, Spencer and Jen are still enjoying a picture-perfect marriage - that is, until the morning after Spencer's 30th birthday. That's when Spencer and Jen learn he's the target of a multi-million dollar hit. Even worse, the hired killers have been stalking the happy couple for years, and could be anyone: friends, neighbors, the grocery store clerk, even that crabby old guy shuffling across the street. Now Spencer and Jen are on the run for their lives. As their suburban paradise turns into a paranoid game of dodge-the-bullet...

Writers: Bob DeRosa, Ted Griffin

Cast:
Ashton Kutcher - Spencer Aimes
Katherine Heigl - Jen Kornfeldt
Tom Selleck - Mr. Kornfeldt
Catherine O'Hara - Mrs. Kornfeldt
Katheryn Winnick - Vivian
Kevin Sussman - Mac Bailey
Lisa Ann Walter - Olivia Brooks
Casey Wilson - Kristen
Rob Riggle - Henry
Martin Mull - Holbrook
Alex Borstein - Lily Baily
Usher Raymond - Kevin the Manager (as Usher Raymond IV)
Letoya Luckett - Amanda (as LeToya Luckett)
Michael Daniel Cassady - Milo
Larry Joe Campbell - Pete Denham

Taglines: Marriage... give it your best shot.



Details

Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 4 June 2010

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $15,837,266 (USA) (6 June 2010) (2859 Screens)

Gross: $47,000,485 (USA) (15 August 2010)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
During filming, Ashton Kutcher accidentally knocked out a stunt man with his fist.

Goofs:
Continuity: When Spencer and Henry are chasing each other around the construction site the orange mesh fence caught on the bumper of Henry's car moves from covering the bumper and the lower part of the hood to up on the back part of the hood near the windshield and then back down to cover the bumper again several times.

Quotes:
Spencer Aimes: We've been married for three years and we've never been more than five minutes away from your parents. They're always coming over and your dad's all... all... Well, uh, this is how the Kornfeldt's load the dishwasher. And, mow the lawn clockwise 'cause that's the Kornfeldt way. Take this piece of coal, stick it up your kiester, squeeze it real tight like we do, and you'll and make a Kornfeldt diamond.



User Review

Post Modernist Tedium

Rating: 2/10

There are two kinds of bad movies: The so-bad-it's-good, and so bad-it-hurts. But then, there is Killers; an amorphous blob that exists in a vacuum where no films has ever been made before. It's not a comedy in the sense it's assembled out of jokes and humorous conflicts -- Killers constructs its own parallel universe reality and giddily makes fun of it. And it's not an action in the sense that good guys and bad guys chase one another -- Killers' has a snake-eating-its-tail moral stance. Killers is Meta in the truest sense of the word, and it's not even aware of it.

Critically analyzing Killers is like reasoning with an alligator before it eats you alive; it's a waste of precious time better used for self reconcile. The only shinning piece of the film is Heigl's teeth. The script seems to have begun its existence as a Mr. & Mrs. Smith book report, rewritten by a conspiracy theorist, and finally polished by an ESL student. It tells the story of sweet Jen (Heigl) who while vacationing with her parents (Selleck and O'Hara) in France, meets the ripped Spencer (Kutcher), and instantly falls in love. Spencer is a professional assassin, but after a few minutes with Jen he decides to leave all that behind him.

The film is not in a hurry to tell is story, mostly due to the fact there is none. The couple gets married, move together and three years later (and half way through the film) his old boss calls him again, 'you're ain't going out that easy' he promises, and he's right on the money. All hell breaks lose, and almost everyone who gets introduced during the first half turns out to be a gunman hired to kill Spencer.

Kutcher is detail-oriented twitterer, and as an actor, his goofiness is unmatched. Up until the end, Kutcher monotone performance came across as lack of talent. But after the surreal note the film ended on, it made perfect sense. Him and Heigl have the best anti-chemistry, and casting them together was an unintentional stroke of genius; He's the Laurel to her Hardy.

Enjoying the Killers depends entirely on your expectations and gullibility. Despite the film's colossal shortcomings, it still manages to make you laugh with its idiosyncrasies. You'll laughing mostly out of confusion, but it's laughter never the less; Kutcher's latest installment in the Dude Where is My Car tradition.




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