Wild Target (2010)
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The film has to fly by its wits -- and its witty lines -- and by the charm of its stars. This it does, just barely.
It's never a good idea to cast Bill Nighy as a buttoned-down hit man.
Practically a text book in how ugly things can get when you don't have the right, light touch for this sort of thing.
There have been a lot of black comedies about assassins lately -- there have been a few just this year -- but Wild Target may be the first one to contain genuine laughs.
An eccentric little comic thriller filled with enough laughs that I was mostly willing to overlook the fact that it makes virtually no sense as a thriller.
All of this busyness drains away the film's charm, turning what might have been a naughty and whimsical frolic into something glib, hectic and sour.
Audience Reviews for Wild Target
Bill Nighy can do no wrong, and Rupert Grint shows he can survive outside the HP franchise.
Started off okay and then went downhill fast. Was it meant to be funny? It wasn't. Stupid characters and boring storyline. The star is for Emily Blunt and her outfits. I switched it off 40 minutes in. I get the impression she was heading for a romance with the 52 year old hitman, which gives me the creeps.
A hit man falls for his target, a charming kleptomaniac, and agrees to protect her from the mobster who hired him. There isn't much to this film, but it's fun to watch Bill Nighy, who can make reading the phone book interesting. I also liked Martin Freeman who shows off a set of fake teeth like a badge of honor. Overall, don't go to this film if you're seeking substance or good adventure sequences, but if you're a fan of Nighy, then you'll be relatively satisfied.
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