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Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 2010 / Director: Robert Luketic / Actors: Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl.../ DVD Release: TBA

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      15.09.2011 11:48
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      Clunky, not very well thought through and ultimately forgettable

      Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) is a heart broken woman, she travels to the French Riviera with her parents after a sudden break up and meets Spencer Amies (Ashton Kutcher) a man so perfect there should be a picture of him next to the word in the dictionary.

      They fall in love and marry, three years after their first meeting they have a party to celebrate their life together with all of their lovely friends and neighbours, however the next day Jen's world falls apart as everyone she knows starts trying to kill her and her husband, could it be something they said, or is it because Spencer was previously an international spy and a hit has been put out on his head?


      The Cast:


      The cast of this film is very B-Movie, Ashton Kutcher continues to show his charm and good looks, but still fails to deliver any substance to a performance, as ever he is watchable and likeable and builds enjoyable repartee with his female co-star, but there isn't anything else there.

      Katherine Heigl seems to always play morally indignant women, she does it again here, sassy, smart and yet ever so slightly anal, she is a foil to the relaxed and yet coiled Kutcher and their double act is both easy on the eye and easily enjoyable whilst having the substance of a fried ant.

      Support comes along in the shape of Tom Selleck as Kutchers sinisterly protective father in law and Catherine O'Hara as a relaxedly drunken mother in law, Rob Riggle plays a friendly neighbour who is anything but while there is the usual mix of idiots and neer do wells in such a film who all fall by the wayside, the cast is reasonable if slightly little league and seem to enjoy themselves slightly more than the audience.


      Is it any good?


      Being honest, it's the kind of film you can watch without a care and then forget instantly, the acting is fine if slightly OTT, Selleck and O'Hara are both miscast and their usual cinematic charm is entirely lost in weak, slightly nonsensical parts, the script isn't great and the writers don't come away with a lot of credit here, this is easy cinema where the audience are expected to laugh simply because someone raises an eyebrow rather than actually because it is funny.

      The action is ok without ever raising any bars, the humour is gentle and knowing, but never makes you laugh out loud, the direction is clunky and not of a very high standard. I do recall watching numerous adverts for this film before it came out and can understand why now, as it needs a lot of selling, because you wouldn't just go and see it.

      The story doesn't make much sense, the main plot line is stupid and the more you think about it the less it hangs together, when the final third of the film unravel you do wonder what the point of this film was, it is a badly plotted average comedy that nobody really excels in, Kutcher will continue looking for his serious break and Heigl will continue to play the same character forever (or she gets too old) or will change her agent.

      The ending is weak and generic and the film never feels plausible or in the slightest bit real, the deaths that occur are never chased up, they are just accepted and Tom Selleck's character makes no sense at all, this is like a stupid version of 'Meet the Parents' involving spies, but doesn't work.

      This is a tv film at best, it is available on Amazon, we didn't buy it and won't, you can buy it on Amazon for £4.99 but there are much better films in the same genre, this is nowhere near as good as Mr and Mrs Smith or even the preposterous Knight and Day, this is a reasonable tv movie at best, likeable but utterly flawed.

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        05.09.2011 15:53
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        A really good action comedy

        When Ken Kornfeldt goes to Nice with her parents for a short holiday, she doesn't expect to bump into the man of her dreams. When Spencer Aimes is hiding from her however, is that he is a hired assassin who lives in Nice to kill people. Quickly, the pair fall in love and he quits his career to move back to America where he and Jen soon get married. When Jen has to head away for work, Spencer thinks he is in for some quiet time but not so - he has a multi-million dollar hit on his head and whoever is behind it wants him dead. Unfortunately for Jen, she's about to learn some pretty shocking truths about her husband and the pair head off on the run before they end up getting killed themselves. Will Spencer and Jen be able to outrun the unknown number of assassins on their tale?!

        I do like the occasional comedy film, it's nice to sit down and watch something relatively easy to watch after a busy day at home with Harry so when I saw Killers on the Sky Movies channels, I deicded it sounded like the perfect watch for me. I'm not madly keen on Katherine Heigl, I could never quite stand her in Grey's Anatomy and was pleased when she left, but I do like Ashton Kutcher and think he's a fantastic comedy actor. I remember seeing adverts for this film on the telly last year so I was pretty confident I'd enjoy this one, it looked silly but very fun and when my mum told me she'd seen it and it was worth a watch, I settled down ready for a good night's viewing!

        Luckily for me, this film really delivered on its promises on both action and laughs. From the off, the viewer is in on the fact that Spencer is an assassin, and poor old Jen has no idea whatsoever. Kutcher actually seems to suit this role, stepping into the serious assassin shoes quite easily and looking pretty good while he does so, I have to say! He is a natural at the comedy, and I found myself laughing out loud at his lines more than a few times throughout the duration of the film. He had a really good chemistry with Heigl who plays his on-screen wife Jen, and you could defintiely believe in the pair of them as a couple. SHe too was very funny, although not quite as good as Kutcher it has to be said. However, they are both strong leads and carry the film with ease, and switch between the comedic and more serious very smoothly.

        I think Tom Selleck was fantastic as Mr. Kornfeldt, Jen's over protective father, exuding a certain smarminess and suave attitude that you come to expect from him. It's actually nice to see him back doing some comedy after the fantastic US TV show 'Blue Bloods' which I recently saw in him. Catherine O'Hara is superb as Mrs. Kornfeldt, Jen's mother who rather likes a tipple. I have a soft spot for O'Hara from her Home Alone days when she plays Kevin's harassed mother and I think she looks great considering that film is now over 20 years old! But she is hilarious and works so well with both Selleck and Heigl. A smart, witty script keeps the comedy coming, and the actors all bounce off of each really well, creating some genuinely funny moments.

        In terms of the action sequences, I thought these were really well done and enjoyable. It kicks off relatively slowly, building up the relationship between Spencer and Jen, with him showcasing a few impressive moves between dates, but once the film really gets going, there's visually a lot going on to impress! The car chase scenes were great, very fun to watch and you genuinely don't know who is going to come off best! Heigl is hilarious in these scenes, in denial as a wife and she plays it just right in my opinion! Kutcher's more serious attitude works well because of his job, but somehow his comedy still manages to break through and keep the humour momentum going with ease! The supporting cast also do a really good job in these scenes, it is quite violent at time which is why the 12 certificate is present but it isn't overly gory or rude, I only remember bad language occuring on a few occasions. The soundtrack wasn't especially memorable but it didn't really need to be since you're more focussing on the action and comedy.

        Overall, I would definitely recommend Killers to those who enjoy a really funny comedy with a bit of fun action thrown in there too! There's a couple of twists and turns laong the way that keep you guessing about the characters, especially who is behind the attempted assassination of poor old Spencer! I have to say Kutcher and Heigl were fantastic leads for this film, both great at the comedy and they worked really well together on the story too. Combine these factors with a snappy script, some great direction and you've got a pretty great film on your hands. It's never going to win any big awards or be loved by the critics but if you go into it for what it is - a fun action comedy - then you're going to come out impressed. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would easily sit through it again! Recommended!

        Directed by Robert Luketic
        Written by Bob DeRosa and Ted Griffin
        Running Time: 100 minutes
        Certificate: 12

        Main Cast:
        Ashton Kutcher ... Spencer Aimes
        Katherine Heigl ... Jen Kornfeldt
        Tom Selleck ... Mr. Kornfeldt
        Catherine O'Hara ... Mrs. Kornfeldt
        Casey Wilson ... Kristen
        Rob Riggle ... Henry

        The DVD is available on Amazon for £4.99 (September 2011).

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          15.08.2011 09:23
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          A Great Feel-good Film

          The last movie I watched was Killers which stars Ashton Kutcher as Assasin Spencer Aimes and Katherine Heigl as his wife Jen Kornfeldt, they meet while on vacation in France and quickly fall in love and get married etc. but Jen is completely unaware of the fact that her husband is an assasin and Spencer actually leaves the assasin scene to lead a quite Suburban life with his new wife, hoping that she will never have to find out about his past occupation.

          3 Years on and all seems well until Spencer starts to receive word that his past life is about to come back to haunt him and soon he realises that all of the friends/family who have been in his life for the past 3 years aren't alll who they seem and he can't trust anyone. Of course the truth then unfolds to his wife and they then have to find out what is going on and why Spencer is being targetted whilst trying to stay alive at the same time.

          Admiteddly, this isn't my usual type of film I'd watch and a Rom-Com like this I would normally find very cheesy and predictable. But I actually really enjoyed this film, there were a few laugh out loud moments but most importantly Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl worked really well as a duo and their on-screen chemistry is probably what made this movie so enjoyable. I also really like Katherine Heigl, I thought she was brilliant in the movie 'Knocked Up' so it was an added bonus that she played the female lead in the film. Ashton Kutcher is often stereo cast in my opinion and tends to play the same type of comedy role all the time, but he was a bit different in this movie and I enjoyed watching his character.

          This movie isn't just a chick flick, it will be enjoyed by both males and females, there are plenty of action scenese to compliment the humour in this film. I also have to mention Jen's mother who I thought was a very funny character and she is played by Catherine O'Hara who was Kevin's mother in Home Alone, Jen's father is played by Tom Selleck who I mostly remember for his part in '3 Men & a Baby'. Again, the pair are great on screen and just add extra entertainment to this movie.

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          21.06.2011 02:59
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          Family comedy, but poorly done - not worth watching.

          This movie in all my opinion was completely awful to the casting, the script, the humour to the bad acting throughout the whole movie. In all honesty I watched this the other day hoping that it would be some sort of family comedy and to get a few laughs from it, but it was far too unbelievable and lame.

          The movie takes you into the life of a dull boring woman, who has just been dumped by her boyfriend for not being spontaneous enough - therefore on her next date she tries to be as spontaneous as possible. She soon regrets this and tells her date everything, after a somewhat palava of a date. He then refers to her that he is a spy, however she is passed out drunk at this stage. All in all the plot generally does not develop much other than the fact that someone hires agents to then kill her date - whom turns into her future husband.

          This whole cringe worthy story was enough to sit through once, I suppose if you are family oriented this is a film which you could all sit down and watch...however I do not recomend you sit through it at all.

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          04.02.2011 14:42
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          Very disappointed with this movie!

          Killers is an American movie which comes under the romance, comedy and action genres. Released in the United Kingdom in October 2010, the movie stars Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher. The movie is a 12 which means that it must not be watched by persons under the age of twelve. The movie runs at just over one hour and a half, and is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £6.99.

          The plot: Spencer is an undercover super-assassin, who loves the 'fast life'; the cars and the women. However, what will happen when he meets Jen, a fun loving computer geek? Watch Killers to find out!

          Katherine Heigl is one of my favourite actresses- I loved her movies Knocked Up and 27 Dresses, although I will admit, that I didn't really like the movie 'The Ugly Truth' and so I was hoping that this movie would take after the first two and not the latter one!

          I thought that the movie started off well, and so thought that it was going to be great. Although, after a few minutes, it soon went downhill! I was so bored throughout the movie, that I was tempted to switch it off, although decided to stay with it incase it got better; it didnt!

          I was really disappointed with this movie!! I don't know what Katherine Heigl is doing starring in these 'bad movies!'. She needs to go back to her '27 Dresses' and 'Knocked Up' style of movies!

          I didn't really enjoy the plot! I found it to be very silly and too far-fetched at times!! I know it is a 'fictional' movie, but I still couldn't believe it! I really couldn't take Ashton's character, Spencer seriously either!!

          Unless you are a huge Katherine Heigl/Ashton Kutcher fan, then I would not bother watching this movie!

          Thanks for reading!
          February 4th 2011
          xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)

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          02.01.2011 17:11
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          Decent Romantic Action Comedy

          For CIA operative Spencer Aimes it would be hard to see how life could be better. He lives in the South of France, drives sports cars and has his pick of the women but when he meets Jen Kornfeldt an American on holiday in the area he falls in love. Three years later he has left the profession and they are happily married but an unusual sequence of events see's both of them the target of numerous assassins and Spencer has to come clean about his previous job and life in France. Now the couple must do whatever it takes to stay alive, whilst trying to find out who is trying to kill Spencer.

          I'd heard mixed reviews about Killers but as it was from the same director as The Ugly Truth and 21 I had a sneaking suspicion that I would still enjoy it. Rather than being your typical Romantic Comedy it is packed full of action sequences, gun battles and even the odd explosion, which meant that there was a good chance that both Jen and myself would enjoy it. Just like the previous two movies from the same director it wasn't your standard romance and I think it's because of these little twists that the film, like 21 and The Ugly Truth, worked as a film that appealed to us both.

          Having seen the previous two films from director Robert Luketic I was quite looking forward to seeing Killers and I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint. From the glorious locations at the start of the movie, which appear bright and vibrant on screen, to the gun battles and car chase sequences that look quite impressive. He gets the mixture of romance and action just right and uses the 93 minute runtime to develop the story and really get you behind the characters. The fight sequences are done well and throughout the film he uses camera angels with great effect so that the viewer doesn't lose track of what is happening.

          The screenplay comes from a combination of two different writers, one of whom was involved in one of my favourite films, the remake of Ocean's Eleven. The original story by Bob DeRosa is interesting and provides a very good basis for the story. The adaption for the big screen by DeRosa and Ted Griffin (Ocean's Eleven) works really well and there aren't any superfluous moments that drag on any longer than they need to. It is a decent combination between romance and action that although at times a little cliqued works well and I think a big part of that is down to Luketic's direction.

          I have to admit that the main worry I had for this movie was in fact the casting. Having heard that Luketic was directing I was looking forward to it but with Ashton Kutcher in the lead role I was a little dubious. I still can't think of Kutcher without thinking of him in That 70's Show and his character Kelso. Within moments of being on screen though he proves why he was the right choice for this role, gone are the days of Michael Kelso and Dude Where's My Car as Kutcher appears to really be coming into his own as a leading man. He had been good opposite Cameron Diaz in What Happens In Vegas and he enjoys a similar spark with Katherine Heigl in this movie.

          The chemistry between the two really seemed to shine on screen and it seemed to really draw a decent performance from Kutcher. It would seem that Heigl has come along way since her early appearance alongside Steven Seagal in Under Siege 2 and is really making a name for herself as a leading lady in romantic comedies. She fits the role well and with a decent onscreen relationship with Kutcher they really shine together. There are some very good supporting performances from Tom Selleck and Catherine O'Hara as well an amusing cameo from Usher as a store manager. The casting turned out to be a well thought-out process and thankfully my worries on this account were allayed early on.

          Overall I was quite glad that Killers had lived up to my expectation. I'm not saying that it is an outstanding film or even one of the best I've seen over the last year but it does exactly what you want it to. It is a good combination of romance and action that will appeal to most couples having something for the guys and girls alike. Of course the appearance of Kutcher near the start of the film in his swimming gear is something a little extra for the ladies, it was just a shame we gents didn't get a similar look at Heigl. It is a decent hour and a half of entertainment that I'd happily recommend and give 4 stars.

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            07.07.2010 23:50
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            After Jen Kornfeldt (Katherine Heigl) breaks up with his boyfriend joins her parents to Nice, France. They arrive into a luxury hotel. In the elevator Jen meets Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher) who wears only swimming shorts. Jen is embarrassed as Spencer is very handsome and sexy. After she exits the hotel Spencer has to follow her as both of them go to the sea. They start to talk and Spencer invites her to a drink in the evening. As Spencer is an undercover CIA operative he dives below a ship and escapes a detonator and a bomb then he climbs onto the ship and places the bomb on a helicopter. Later he blows it up.

            Jen realises that she didn't pack any smart dress for herself so she goes to the town and buys one. Jen arrives first to the restaurant. She wears a pretty white dress. Soon after Spencer arrives Jen spots her parents at the entrance of restaurant's gate so she hides below the table and tells Spencer that the man (her father) is a Russian pervert. After the parents (Tom Selleck and Catherine O'Hara) walk away Spencer suggests going somewhere else so he drives Jane to a place where they can have a drink. Jen drinks one drink after the other and becomes drunk quite quickly.

            In the hotel Jen reveals that she is not as spontaneous as she showed and told herself. Spencer starts to tell her that he is a killer but wants a normal life but Jen falls asleep. Can Spencer tell her that he is a killer? How will Jen react? How about the parents?

            Killers is an action comedy with romantic plots directed by Robert Luketic (The Ugly Truth). The screenplay was written by Bob DeRosa and Ted Griffin. The classification is TBA. The running time is 100 minutes.

            I found that the screenplay writers wanted to do so many thing within this 100 minutes that the film became somehow confused. There is a romance between Jen and Spencer which is about okay. The chemistry works well between them especially in the elevator. Then there is an action line when Spencer does his job. And the third line is moved by Jen's father which confuses everything.

            There are some banal punch lines in the story that are not funny any more. For example when Jen buys the white dress for the evening drink she left the price tag in it because it is an expensive dress and she wants to return it to the shop next day. Come on! Exactly the same punch line was in The Back-up Plan and in several other movies. I know there are a few women who do this trick but it is piteous and not funny.

            The scenes in the film are very nice which is natural in Nice. (Sorry) Well Nice is really beautiful and there are some ships, sports cars in it obviously. The soundtrack of the film is hardly noticeable as there are so many actions and the film is developing quite quickly. This means that it was well composed.

            The story of the film is quite stupid. You cannot guess the end of the film because you don't know where it is heading. There are twists in the story but the end is somehow too quick. I mean the film is long enough but the end is developing faster than the whole story.

            The main cast of the film:
            Ashton Kutcher - Spencer Aimes (CIA operative)
            Katherine Heigl - Jen Kornfeldt
            Tom Selleck - Mr. Kornfeldt (Jen's father)
            Catherine O'Hara - Mrs. Kornfeldt (Jen's mother)

            I saw Tom Selleck in Magnum and in that film he had a fitting character. In this film he was a strict father with secret job. The Russian pervert would fit him better. So for me he wasn't a good match for the cast. I prefer him as a womanizer.

            Ashton Kutcher was brilliant in this film. Despite the silly role he had to play he acted brilliantly and so did Catherine Heigl. The chemistry between them worked very well. They had loads of funny plots.

            Catherine O'Hara was completely believable as an alcoholic wife. She had an easy life and had nothing better to do than drinking. Actually she had small role in the film. She was a perfect match for the role.

            To sum up, I think that this film could be much better with a better screenplay. The story was a stupid and bald and it hardly contained new punch lines. There were some twists I have to admit but the characters weren't presented in depth and actions weren't worked out precisely. It had amateur feeling. The famous actors in the film were definitely a good idea otherwise I would have chosen other film. It was about average altogether. I expected more.

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              02.07.2010 10:03
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              Very funny film

              We went to see this on opening night at the cinema. We weren't desperate to see it but we had my partners 13 year old nephew for the evening and it was the only thing showing at the cinema that we could all agree on! I thought the trailer for it looked quite good and thought it would be very funny so was disappointed when I read a few reviews beforehand and they all suggested it wasn't worth a watch. As we watched this in the cinema, this is a film only review. It is not yet available on DVD but you can still see it in most cinemas.

              *Plot*
              Jen is on holiday with her parents. She is not happy with this situation as she has just suffered a bad break up. When she bumps into Spencer, something suggests there is a spark between them. Spencer is hiding something - he is a an undercover assassin and although he does try to tell Jen at one point, she doesn't hear and he doesn't quite pluck up the courage to tell her again.

              A few years later, the pair are happily married living a suburban lifestyle. Jen is busy planning Spencer's surprise 30th birthday party but all does not go to plan. The morning after, the pair learn that Spencer is the target of an assassin. He has a lot of explaining to do...!

              *Opinion*
              I really enjoyed this film, as did my partner and his nephew. We found it very funny and we were laughing throughout (as was everyone else in the cinema).

              I thought the acting was of a high standard, Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher as Jen and Spencer worked really well together and there was real chemistry between them, they seemed to be the perfect couple. Because we as an audience already knew Spencer's previous job I felt in a way that I wanted to protect Jen and really did back her throughout the film, understanding how she was feeling.

              I really enjoyed the plot. I think it flowed well and there was always something going on to focus on. It gets very exciting in the closing half an hour of the film and there is plenty going on for everyone to watch. I liked the ending, it wrapped everything up well and didn't leave us with any questions.

              I would recommend this film, I thought it was fun and fast paced and suited to anyone really.

              *Additional Information*
              The film was released in 2010.
              It stars Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Tom Selleck and Catherine O'Hara.
              It is rated a 12 and lasts 93 minutes.

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