Killers [Blu-Ray] Robert Luketic

Killers [Blu-Ray] Robert Luketic
From what I can tell, Katherine Heigl has played the exact same character in her last four movies, really nailing that type-A ice princess routine that worked so well for Moira Kelly in the early '90s. The problem is that it's wearing thin, especially considering how dreadful both The Ugly Truth and this crappy Mr. & Mrs. Smith knock-off, Killers, is. To be fair, both of these films were directed by Robert Luketic, whose flimsy, superficial resume is rife with crud like Legally Blonde and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, but it's time Heigl step out of her safety zone, regardless. Here, her uptight, rich bitch character, Jen, is injected with a bit of dork, going on vacation in Nice, France with her parents (Tom Selleck and Catherine O'Hara), where she meets the man of her dreams, Spencer (Ashton Kutcher). What she doesn't know, and what Spencer doesn't tell her, is that he's actually a contract killer looking to get out of the game and settle down into a horrifying and routine suburban life, something Jen can offer. Things are fine for three years until some sleeper agents come out of the woodwork and try to kill Spencer, which of course coincides with the news of Jen's pregnancy, leading to gunfire, car chases and endless bickering. Now, the dialogue is terrible throughout, with not a single moment coming off as even moderately amusing, aside from O'Hara's deadpan, drunken interpretation of her character. It also rushes through key moments, making us wonder why these two are interested in each other at all, leaving only a couple of smiles and a joke about ripping off a tight dress to build their relationship foundation. There's nothing resembling actual human dynamics, leaving only the convoluted action in the latter half of the film to provide any form of entertainment. Unfortunately, there's little original about these set pieces, aside from Luketic's occasional tendency to find a creative way to frame individual shots. Said simply, this movie is boring, terrible, predictable and about as ill-conceived a template studio film as you're going to find. Included with the Blu-Ray are brief gag reels and deleted scenes, along with a generic "Making of" where the actors toss out prepared PR responses to glib questions. To boot, there are a bunch of random iPhone downloads and apps that apparently enhance viewing. I don't own a cell phone, so I wouldn't know. (Maple)