Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Spencer Aimes (Kutcher) 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 (Heigl), 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, they must find out who wants Spencer dead and why, all the while trying to save their marriage, manage his in-laws, keep up neighborly appearances ... and just plain survive.
The first word that comes to mind is "average". Killers is a decent movie that has a couple of real standout performances, but unfortunately, those performances are not put in by the leads. (Tom Selleck, Rob Riggle, and Katherine O'Hara steal every scene they are in.) There are some decent action sequences once the movie really takes off at the midway point. However, the chemisty between Kutcher and Heigl just is not there, which pulls this move into forgettable status. Overall, Killers is far from the worst movie I have seen in the genre, but it is also far from the best.
This is the perfect light date movie. The acting was what you'd expect from two TV actors, the chemistry was far from smoldering and the story had been done before (hence the three stars), but everyone in the theater was entertained and put in a good mood. For the guys there's plenty of explosions, gun fire and car chases, while all the women in the theater let out audible sighs (honest, everyone laughed when it happened - and it happened at least twice) over Ashton Kutcher. The women actually swooned the first time he appeared without a shirt and then later ALL went "awwwww" in unison when he confessed his love to Heigl. If you are looking for the right movie to take your date this weekend, there's no better movie to see.