The Bounty Hunter Reviews
Intent on getting the exclusive of her career, upwardly mobile investigative reporter Nicole Hurley (Jennifer Aniston) jumps bail on a minor traffic infraction. However when she arrives at their meeting place, she sees he has been abducted and follows a sparse lead across the boarder to Atlantic City and becoming a wanted felon.
Drowning in an $11000 gambling debt and sleeping/ living/drooling on his employers couch, fired New York cop turned Bounty Hunter Milo Boyd's (Gerard Butler) life is literally being flushed down proverbial toilet.
Things look positively glowing however when Milo receives a bench warrant to apprehend a parole violator. With a pay cheque of $5000, the assignment can only be described as the most fulfilling revenge fantasy of a lifetime as he has been contracted to bring in Nicole, his estranged ex-wife.
Milo's expert insider knowledge leads him directly to his target. Toiling at her lucky thinking place; the track, Milo gives Nicole a ten second running head start. Quickly and amusingly chasing her down, Milo humiliatingly throws her into the boot of his car and returns to NYC.
Determined not to go down without a fight, Nicole plays on Milo's gambling habit. Convincing him that he should let her go if he can turn the $500 in her wallet into the equivalent of the $5000 reward he would receive for her bounty.
Needless to say, Milo's and Nicole's luck runs out when he loses the money and Nicole is handcuffed to the bed head for the night. The outsmarting and hoodwinking battle rages on, until the blissfully unaware duo realises they are in fact the ones being followed.
Are their pursuers Milo's debt collectors or the thugs of Nicole's ever more sinister case? Can the complicatedly volatile squabbling couple put aside their love-hate banter to survive?
The only answer to all these questions is; who cares!
This movies tank runs dry faster than the 30 year old gas guzzling car they drive. The films plot (that's a compliment) plays out like a brainstorming board of Hollywood clichés attempting to outsmart and hoodwink itself at every predictable turn.
As we never find out what drew them together or apart in the first place it is hard to empathise with the couple's bumpy road to reconciliation. Straying off into far-fetched scenarios with bickering thugs, horny newsmen, crooked cops, hapless tattoo parlour flirting, a frivolous rickshaw chase and a golf cart belly flop into a lake it is hard to believe anything you see, including the characters' chemistry.
Tottering from scene to scene in 6 inch heels, a pencil skirt and tight top, the shapely Aniston does the best she can with unredeemable and witless dialogue whilst being hoisted over the macho Bulter's charisma lacking shoulder.
The supporting cast does thankfully add some sparkle to the line-up, even if they are underutilized. Christine Baranski plays Nicole's wonderfully over-the-top aging-showgirl mum and Carol Kane briefly appears as a timid B&B owner of which the couple spent their honeymoon.
The Verdict: Simply put, if Tennant is willing to pay a salary for the likes of Aniston and Butler, he should have forked out a little extra to get a decent script. An utter misuse of Aniston's petulant, foot-stamping, posing photo-op acting, this film does little for her post-friends credentials.
Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 02/04/2010