Rating: 2 out of 5
In a summer movie season where everything is a sequel, a remake or an adaptation – I guess I should be glad that there’s a flick out like Killers that doesn’t try to milk a dead cow. Except well, nothing about Killers’ premise is entirely original either.
The movie centers around Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher), a stereotypically suave stone-cold CIA assassin who’s growing increasingly tired of being in the wet-work business.
When he accidentally bumps into Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl), a gorgeous if somewhat dorkily charming computer tech recovering from a bad break-up, in an elevator (being from Grey’s Anatomy this particular scenario should be familiar to Heigl), he finds true love.
Jen’s and Spencer’s itinerary in Europe couldn’t be any more different. Jen is vacationing with her hilarious alcoholic mom (Catherine O'Hara) and fabulously moustachioed dad (Tom Selleck) while Spencer is on a deadly mission to kill bad guys. Somehow they find time to strike up a whirlwind romance that convinces Spencer to quit his jet-setting James Bond ways and wed this lovely average Jane.
Jump ahead 3 years later and the two are happily married, living a picturesque suburban life. Spencer hasn’t exactly come clean to Jen about his former espionage exploits and figures he has no need to – until his shady past inevitably catches up with him.
Suddenly there’s a 20 million dollar bounty on Spencer’s head and the couple’s domestic bliss is interrupted by the army of hired killers coming after them. Now they have to stay alive while dodging bullets, nosy neighbours, overprotective parents and burgeoning marital trust issues.
The concept sounds like more of a hoot than it really is. There have been lots of pop-culture stories about spouses finding out that their significant other is a spy. It lends for more comedic value than finding out that your husband is gay (see Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain) for example.
It’s not an overly unique premise but if the execution is done right, it can be brilliantly funny. This isn’t one of those instances. Let’s just say that Killers is less like True Lies and more like a quirky sitcom version of Alias.
The movie is light and breezy and does feature some passable action sequences. The chemistry between Kutcher and Heigl is surprisingly excellent, which makes it impossible to dislike the two leads. I could watch them banter forever - and if this was indeed a half hour sitcom pilot, I would happily keep watching.
As a full-length feature the concept fails and interest fades as the film’s charm and humour depreciates over its running time. The third act in particular, is a mess. There are more jokes that fall flat than those that work and besides a few decent recurring gags, the laughs come sadly all too sporadically.
About Hidzir Junaini
Hidzir Junaini, aka inSing.com's Movie Lover, is 23-years-old and a wealthy playboy billionaire by day and a caped crusader by night. Only one of those is true. He’s actually a freelance writer, blogger, full-time film buff and some-time socially awkward nerd. He also writes about music, restaurants and nightlife for Metrowize Asia.
Hidzir is the winner of the inaugural inSing Movie Lover contest that garnered over 1,000 participants. The Movie Lover contest is a search for a candidate who possesses outstanding passion for movies and a talent for writing engaging movie reviews.