Friday, 16 July 2010
When you combine genres, the results can be excellent bringing your interpretation of the film to a whole new level. Unfortunately, Killers' combination mess made this almost disastrous to watch. If it stuck to a clear structure of a rom-com or an action film it could have perked up the final result, but meshing these two with a thriller means it's a cliché cringe rather than a original blockbuster.
Assuming you've seen the trailer, it convinces you that Spencer (Ashton Kutchur) takes Jen (Katherine Heigl) on a whole new adventure turning her into this agent type woman like with him who's a mysterious spy. But really, they remain exactly the same characters and get more confused as to why they're still having to deal with all these murderers trying to hunt down Spence, because they've been living a perfect life for 3 years. When you break it down like this, you notice the bad use of hybrid genres. The film tried to show a whirlwind romance but condensed it down into 5 minutes of what seemed to be a rushed relationship. One minute they're on the first date, the next minute it's 3 years down the line and they're married. And in terms of the action genre, it has no motive really. We see no past life work, we're just meant to assume and now everyone's after him... Ridiculous.
There are two bearable things about this film - Ashton Kutchur looking incredibly amazing and Katherine Heigl's acting. She's a brilliant woman in the film industry and really can bring a comical edge to any personality as well as keeping herself responsible which is needed for the more serious scenes. But Kutchur is totally in love with himself in this film with pointless shots of himself topless, which just turned it cheesy. *Spoiler* And so did the "murderers" after his character. It was meant to be shocking, full of twists as to who's going to kill him next, but any character you feel mildly connected with on screen turns against him and he kills them. It's actually quite shocking the way they're killed in some sort of dramatic scene with bodies hanging off of pointy chandeliers; it's like being put straight into a low-budget horror film.
Robert Luketic, what are you doing?! He directed 21 which was one of my favourite films of 2008, but now he's gone from The Ugly Truth to this?! My, my, my. The camera work was obvious and didn't seem to flow. There were forced shots of key items which instead of subliminally slipping into the viewing, just stood out like a sore thumb.
Any fans of Heigl won't be disappointed. But if you appreciate film, run away from seeing this. It may make you laugh a little bit, I did. But by the end I genuinely wanted to walk out.