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Thursday, April 1, 2010

[3.75/10] The Bounty Hunter (2010)

The Bounty Hunter (2010)

"The Bounty Hunter" is a thinly-plotted comedy that is overlong and under-joked. The rom-com genre relies heavily on the magnetism of its stars. We have to like them and hopefully, their attraction to each other is somehow believable. Jennifer Aniston, given the right property, is certainly likable enough but she's yet to have found anything feature film-wise to transition into a major star. Whenever Gerard Butler is in a romantic comedy, he does bring a slightly edgy 'tough guy' quality to the movie but I'm not sure that it entirely works. Well, Aniston and Butler just don't click here! Plunk them down together with a script that meanders about without any real sense of tension or direction and you have some inkling right from the opening scene that this is not going to go well. A bad script could be lifted by clever direction, you would expect the director to have a hand on the tiller to keep the whole thing off the rocks. Unfortunately, it seems as though the director had his mind on other things. Film's pacing is totally uneven, sequences that advance the story either drag like mad or zip through so fast that you want to hit the rewind button. Overall,"The Bounty Hunter"'s direction is sloppy, action scenes are poorly-constructed and there's precious little tension, romantic or otherwise to latch on to. It's just one long empty chase.

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