A Dull Death

Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher in Killers (2010)

Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't comedies meant to be funny? I always thought that is what a comedy is meant to be but I guess somewhere down the line the definition has changed. Well that is the only explanation I can have for "Killers" 100 minutes of your life you wont get back and 100 minutes where what someone seems to think passes for humour is neither what I call or humour nor funny. Maybe part of the trouble is that "Killers" is another "comedy" about a former agent who has hidden his past from his partner which makes it derivative. But then maybe that isn't the problem and the casting is the root of the trouble as Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl may look good but they were wrong for these roles. What ever the reason "Killers" is a serious misfire and one of the least funny comedies I have sat through.

Whilst on holiday with her parents in Nice, France Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl - The Ugly Truth) meets Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher - What Happens in Vegas) a handsome young man who wants to show her the sights. What Jen doesn't know is that Spencer is a hitman there on business although after meeting Jen Spencer quits. But three years down the line and having got married Spencer's past comes back when a hitman tries to kill him forcing them to go on the run and trust no-one.

Catherine O'Hara and Tom Selleck in Killers (2010)

What is there to say about "Killers" other than if you decide to watch it you will spend the entire time thinking of what other movies it is like and how much better those movies are. I won't bother telling you what movies they are, it will be very obvious soon after the movie starts and in a way I don't think the movies derivative nature is a problem. In fact I think in the right hands and with the right cast "Killers" could have been good.

So on to the subject of cast well no offence to Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl but it seems they have been cast because they have the look rather than anything else. And if you don't believe me there are many scenes of them looking pretty be it Ashton in the lift with his shirt off or Katherine walking around in her bra. Despite attempts to be sexy it just doesn't work in the same way as another famous action comedy featuring killers which literally oozes sex. Not that Kutcher and Heigl are the only ones to end up delivering a poor performance as Tom Selleck and Catherine O'Hara are so under used they might as well have cast nobodies in their role.

The casting is not the only issue as the action also sucks, lacking both the spark and dark humour which the movie is screaming out for. And on the subject of dark humour the humour is so desperately bad that about the only thing which is amusing is Ashton's attempt to be a smooth operating agent, it is horrendous.

What this all boils down to is that "Killers" is terrible, simply terrible and has no real redeeming qualities.

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