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Killshot (2009)


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Prime Suspect 4 and Inspector Morse director John Madden comes back to the world of crime after a brief foray into romance with Shakespeare in Love and Captain Corelli's Mandolin with this adaptation of pulp icon Elmore Leonard's novel concerning a real estate agent and her husband (Thomas Jane) who become the targets of two relentless mafia hitmen. When real estate agent Carmen Colson (Diane Lane) catches a glimpse of a hitman named the Blackbird (Mickey Rourke) as he carries out a job, a


Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Hossein Amini

May 26, 2009

The Weinstein Co.

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It's ultimately Rourke who makes the film worth watching.

January 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Comments (2)
Arizona Republic
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An Elmore Leonard adaptation starring Mickey Rourke as a contract killer. And this barely got released? Goddamn Weinstein Company...

June 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

the quality of the A-list cast's performances do deserve a tip of the hat.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source:

The film's biggest problem is not that it's a disaster, but that it's merely tepid and dull.

June 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

...a thoroughly misguided endeavor...

May 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
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May 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Killshot is undoubtedly a mess, but it's a nicely contained jumble with a few great moments of thespian interaction to counteract the estimated 1,000 hands that mangled this picture over the last three years of post-production.

May 7, 2009 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Killshot

This starts of looking like a great hitman flick with an ice cool looking Rourke and a possible gun totting plot brooding...but alas. Enter Joseph Gordon Levitt with a massively over the top performance as a loose cannon southern hick and trying his best to do what Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp have done before, be a cool, sexy and charismatic villain.

Instead he comes across as rather embarrassing and annoying with way too much eyebrow movement. The film itself is pretty disconnected with plot holes and jumps making you wonder why and how until you later realise but then don't really care. You watch this really hoping for some cool gun play from Rourke or something, just to confirm his cool looking character but again alas....

Nothing much happens until the predictable end which is helped along by the predictable Thomas Jane haha can read that guy like a book. Filler for Rourke until some big flicks get made.
February 9, 2012

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Novelist Elmore Leonard's writing is always sharp with snappy dialogue and well drawn characters. His stories are so descriptive that he's practically already written the script, making his books easy to adapt to the screen. This was one that had all the ingredients for being another successful transfer from page to screen, but for the fact that it's mediocre and lifeless.
Wayne Colson (Thomas Jane) and his estranged wife Carmen (Diane Lane) are placed in the Federal Witness Protection program after witnessing an extortion scheme go wrong. Under the protection of the F.B.I isnt enough though, when experienced hit-man Armand "Blackbird" Degas (Mickey Rourke) and psychopathic young upstart killer Richie Nix (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are determined to track them down.
Notable successful adaptations of Leonard's novels have been Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight", Barry Sonnenfeld's "Get Shorty" and Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" but this actually achieves something that none of them managed to do and something thats not easy to do either... making Elmore Leonard's writing seem dull. This is devoid of any excitement at all. They have taken any form of suspense out and made a slow, lethargic excuse for a thriller. Rourke (as usual) is great in his brooding role and Gordon-Levitt adds some edge to the film as his pyschotic sidekick - roles that were originally intended for Robert DeNiro and Quentin Tarantino - but "Shakespeare in Love" director John Madden gets it all wrong. His treatment is flat, but I'm assuming that the fact the screenplay went through uncredited rewrites and the film itself was held back from release due to extensive cuts (Johnny Knoxville playing a crazy sheriff being a major one) that the whole troubled production has not been kind to its director. It all shows in the end result.
If it wasn't for Rourke and Gordon-Levitt, this would be a complete waste of time. A wasted opportunity and an example of how a good story can be wasted in the wrong hands.
August 14, 2011

Super Reviewer

Short and bizarre. Diane Lane still looking good like Reggie Miller. Mickey Rourke is robotic Native American. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a Detroit redneck which is arguably the most annoying performance since Al Jolson in the Jazz Singer. Thomas Jane is a shoe in for the bronze medal in Hollywood's Driest Actor Ever, he peaked early in Boogie Nights. Vin Diesel wins the gold, Bill Pullman wins the silver.
June 1, 2011
Lenny Muggsy

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A tortured hitman teams up with a loose cannon to stalk witnesses, a husband and wife who are undergoing marital strife.
With Elmore Leonard penning the novel and a cast that includes some real talent, most notably Mickey Rourke and Diane Lane, I got my hopes up, but this film is ultimately a disappointment. It reminds me of another Leonard work, Out of Sight. Both films are equally slow and amount to predictable conclusions. The only difference is that for some reason Out of Sight was critically acclaimed and Killshot was panned.
Regardless, the film takes an awful long time to unfold, and the only character who is able to hold our attention is Levitt's psychopath. Rourke's Armand is moody, and in response to his partner's shenanigans, he groans like Al Gore did during the 2004 debate; both performances were not representative of their abilities. And Lane and Mickey Mantle are stuck in a plot that goes nowhere and magically resolves, then just as magically, "un-resolves."
Overall, the film probably deserves two stars, but my disappointment in this capable cast and writer knock it down one.
April 13, 2011
Jim Hunter

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