Movie About Professional Killer Not Actually That Funny 

Wild Target
Directed by Jonathan Lynn

Victor is a buttoned-up, by-the-book hit man with limited social skills; Rose is a free-spirited thief on the run. Although he’s initially assigned to kill her, he winds up saving her from other killers, and they take off together to escape them, along with the young Tony, who’s not sure what’s going on but is glad to be along for the ride.

If all this sounds familiar, it apparently didn’t to the people behind this film (including director Lynn, who made the much funnier My Cousin Vinny). Maybe it also has something to do with the source material, a 1993 French comedy, made before The Sopranos (to name one example) made hit men and their business ripe topics for comedy. Emily Blunt needs to bring a bit more Anna Faris-style craziness as Rose, while Rupert Grint, on a school break from Hogwarts, does what he can with the sketchy part of Tony, the amiable slacker who’s only rattled when required to fire a gun. As Victor, Bill Nighy, usually more animated, is so restrained he still appears fairly rigid even after Rose has loosened him up.

While the film’s first half has some wild chases and narrow escapes, which are fun if not that inventive, the second half finds the cast hiding out in Victor’s country house, where the action drags considerably. All of this could have been livened up by some clever dialogue or unusual characters, but except for a few spots there isn’t much new here and, disappointingly, very few laughs.


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