Ashton Kutcher is Nearly Naked in Killers
Jun 4, 2010 (Updated Jun 1, 2011)
Review by Marie Dragonfire
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Fun and entertaining. Good cast.
Cons:Predictable. Story could have been stronger. Heigl's character.
The Bottom Line: Killers has a few issues, but the movie is entertaining overall. Fans of the cast may find something to like.
I have liked Ashton Kutcher's movies for the most part, though I haven't seen them all. I'm not as fond of Katherine Heigl, but I decided to see Killers even though she plays one of the main characters.
Recommend this product?
Shortly after ending a relationship, Jen goes on a vacation to the south of France with her parents. Almost as soon as she arrives at the hotel, she meets Spencer in the elevator and they make a date for that evening. Spencer actually works for the CIA and is there for a mission, but he is drawn to Jen. In no time, Spencer is ready to walk away from his job.
Three years later, Spencer and Jen are married and living in a subdivision. Spencer has started his own company and he and Jen have a good life. That is threatened when Spencer's former boss contacts him. The next day, Jen finally finds out the truth about Spencer's former job when people start trying to kill him.
The first few minutes of Killers shows Jen and her parents arriving in France and also Spencer doing some of the preliminary work for his current mission. It does not take long at all for them to meet and decide to go out that evening. That date is shown and while it is made clear that they continue to spend a lot of time together in France, not a lot is shown. One scene takes place once they are back home, though it isn't clear how much time has passed at that point. After the end of that scene, the movie jumps forward three years. It does take a little while for things to start happening since so much set up is shown.
Killers has a fairly fast pace overall, though things do slow down in a few scenes. Some aspects of the movie do seem a bit rushed. Things are very straightforward and there are only a couple of minor surprises. The movie is mostly predictable, which will disappoint some people. I still enjoyed the movie, though it would have been nicer if it hadn't been so predictable. A few scenes may have been intended to be suspenseful, but I don't think there was really any suspense to the movie. There is a tiny bit of mystery connected to who is behind the attempts on Spencer's life that ultimately doesn't take much to figure out. It would have been nice if the mystery aspect would have been stronger. The way some things work out does seem to be a bit convenient, as does the way yet another complication is introduced at one point.
Many of the ads for Killers that I have seen have made it seem like the movie is a comedy. I've also seen some interviews with Kutcher in which he describes the movie as an action comedy or adventure comedy. The movie does have some funny moments, but the humor is a bit uneven. A few scenes include some really funny moments and I did laugh at different times throughout the movie. The movie really isn't hilarious, so people expecting a really funny movie will probably be disappointed. One or two gross things are done as attempts to add humor, though the movie doesn't rely on that type of humor. I think the movie is light hearted overall even though a few serious moments pop up every so often as well.
Action turns up in Killers, mainly after the movie has jumped ahead three years to when Spencer is no longer working for the CIA. Not much really happens when he is on the mission in France at the beginning fo the movie, though there is an explosion. Spencer ends up in a few fights that are done well. There are also some car chases and a lot of shooting. Jen does get involved in some of the action as well, usually adding more humor to the situation than anything else. The violence isn't that graphic or extreme, so it shouldn't bother most viewers. Characters do swear every so often, though for the most part, the language is mild. The word that rhymes with luck is used once. The movie is rated PG-13, so parents really should check out the movie before letting their children see it. I don't see this one being a movie that a lot of children will be interested in.
The relationship between Spencer and Jen is very important to Killers, though there really isn't that much romance in the movie. Their first date is shown along with a few short images of other things they do together in France and that is really it for developing their relationship. The majority of the movie takes place three years later after they have been married. From a few things that are said, it sounds like their sex life is active. They are shown kissing a few times and that is really it. Jen does show off some skin in a few scenes without being naked. Spencer is almost naked, wearing only a bathing suit, when they first met. He is shown shirtless again in one scene later in the movie. He looks really good without his shirt on. That is it for nudity in the movie.
Spencer has been a killer with the CIA for a while and he is good at his job. Once he meets Jen, he starts feeling more and more like he wants to leave that line of work and have a normal life. He manages that life fairly well for a few years, though he keeps the truth about his former profession from Jen. He is a likable character overall even though he's made some questionable decisions. Ashton Kutcher does well with the part. I really liked him as Spencer and he looks really good without his shirt. Martin Mull is in a few scenes as Holbrook, Spencer's boss at the CIA.
Jen is dealing with a recent breakup when she and Spencer first meet and she does act a bit different at first. Three years later, she is happy with her life and has a good job doing something for a computer software company. That is barely even mentioned and then forgotten for the majority of the movie. She does freak out a bit over some of what happens and she isn't the most calm or rational at times. I get that she is upset with Spencer for not telling her the truth sooner, though some of her reactions seem a bit over the top. She is ready to run home to her father immediately to get him to deal with things for her. Jen really isn't a bad character, but she isn't the easiest to like either. There is just something about her that annoyed me. Katherine Heigl isn't horrible in the part, but she anything special either.
Mr. And Mrs. Kornfeldt, Jen's parents, turn up throughout the movie. Mrs. Kornfeldt is always drinking something and doesn't have a sober moment in the movie. Catherine O'Hara does well with the part. Mr. Kornfeldt is very over protective of Jen and a bit critical of most of what Spencer does, even three years later. Mr. Kornfeldt has a certain way of doing things, and talks about being prepared frequently. Tom Selleck does fine with the part. Mr. And Mrs. Kornfeldt are rather flat characters. There is no real development for them and their first names aren't even given. They do add some entertaining moments to the movie.
Henry works with Spencer. Things with the business aren't really explained, but it sounds like they are partners. Henry tends to hit on the female customers and even some of the employees. Rob Riggle is fine in the part. Vivian works for Spencer, though I'm not exactly sure what she does. She is only in a few short scenes, so Katheryn Winnick doesn't have much to do. Lisa Ann Walter pops up in a few scenes as a client of the business who is very flirty. Some of Spencer and Jen's neighbors turn up in a few scenes, as do two of Jen's friends. None of those characters are developed.
Katherine Heigl - Jen
Ashton Kutcher - Spencer
Martin Mull - Holbrooke
Catherine O'Hara - Mrs. Kornfeldt
Rob Riggle - Henry
Tom Selleck - Mr. Kornfeldt
Lisa Ann Walter - Olivia Brooks
Katheryn Winnick - Vivien
Rob Luketic - Director
Killers has some issues, but it is an entertaining movie overall. It is fun and light hearted and I really enjoyed it. People in the mood for a more serious movie should pick something else. Fans of the cast or people in the mood for fun, entertaining movie should give it a chance.
This is a movie that I would have rated three and a half stars if I had the option. Since I don't, I decided to round up to four.
*This review was orignally posted after I saw the movie in the theater. It is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
This review is part of CaptainD's Good Movies EpiGuide 3 Write Off.
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