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Thursday, September 16, 2010

[6.75/10] Wild Target (2010)

Wild Target (2010)

Based on the 1993 French film "Cible Emouvante", Jonathan Lynn's "Wild Target" is a quirky, hilarious and consistently gripping British crime comedy, that tells the story of Rose, a gorgeous con artist, who sells a fake painting to a powerful gangster and discovers that crime doesn't pay when her unsatisfied customer hires Europe's top assassin to take her out. But the moment the assassin Victor gets Rose in his crosshairs, he hesitates. The situation grows tense when Victor vows to protect the sprightly scammer rather than rubbing her out, and finds himself the unwitting mentor to a young protégée. Film's cast is incredible and the acting is excellent from everyone involved. Bill Nighy turns into a great performance as the repressed solitary perfectionist Victor Maynard. Emily Blunt stunningly beautiful, charming and sexy as always, and she has this aura around her that lightens up the screen every time she appears. Rupert Grint is breaking off the Harry Porter films and it's nice to see him in a role like this. It fits him perfectly. The supporting cast also deliver fine performnces. The script is gently amusing, full of black humor and hilarious situations, and the moments of violence are portrayed behind a mask of pathos and comedy. The slow-burning romance between Victor and Mary isn't very convincing or beliveable, but the chemistry between the assassin and his "apprentice", Tony. Visuals are bright and vivid, and give the film a good vibe. The direction is average at best. Terrificly-performed, light-hearted and a pleasure to watch, "Wild Target" feels fresh and different among the sea of mind-bogglingly stupid American comedies.

  • My Rating: 6.75/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 11% (4.2/10)
  • IMDb: 6.9/10

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