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Killers

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
5.5 out of 10
Extras Rating:
7 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: PG-13

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

Directed by Robert Luketic

Special Features:
Killer Chemistry: Behind The Scenes
The Killers Cast And Crew
Gags
Deleted/ Alternate/ Extended Scenes

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
5.1 Dolby Digital EX Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 100 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

"He's tall, dark and handsome with a hint of mystery. What more does Jen (Katherine Heigl) need to know about Spencer (Ashton Kutcher), the man who's just swept her off her feet down in the French Riviera? Well, maybe that he's a professional spy whose special talent is assassination. But no matter, neither bullets nor bombs nor bad guys with big guns can keep these two from living happily ever after - if they can get through the day alive - in the outrageous romantic hit comedy that will slay you."

"Killers" is PG-13 for violent action, sexual material and language.

Mini-Review:
If I had to describe "Killers," it would be a light version of "True Lies" or "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." It's the familiar story of an unsuspecting spouse discovering that their significant other is a spy or assassin. And while "Killers" is moderately successful as a light, mindless action comedy, it's not anywhere near as interesting or entertaining as those other films. If you hadn't seen its predecessors then you might think this was fresh and new, but it definitely treads very familiar territory.

"Killers" isn't awful, but it's rather bland all the way around. Ashton Kutcher is decent as Spencer, a former assassin who is trying to settle into suburban married life. Katherine Heigl is also OK as Jen, the clueless wife. They have some chemistry but nothing special. They have some entertaining action scenes, but nothing you'll remember after the movie is over. It's all not great but not bad either. It falls into that middle ground that the 5.5 out of 10 rating was created for.

If you start thinking about "Killers" too much, the plot really starts to unravel. And I don't want to spoil the ending, but once you see it you realize, "All of that violence and mayhem started because of THIS??" It's kind of a letdown.

On the positive side, the scenes shot in Nice, France looked amazing. You'll want to check it out if this is your first look at it. It's also fun to see Tom Selleck on the screen again even if it's ever-so-briefly.

Who should see "Killers"? Fans of Ashton Kutcher and anyone that's looking for a light, mindless rental. Girls might like the romantic comedy and guys might like the action. But in reality I'd recommend just watching "True Lies" or "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" again.

The bonus features on the DVD are pretty standard. You get bloopers, deleted scenes, and a 'making of' featurette. There's also a very brief alternate ending that hints that Jen may have embraced her husband's lifestyle.

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