Director: Paco Cabezas
Writer: Max Landis
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell, Tim Roth
Plot: A girl falls for the “perfect” guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.
Running Time: 95 Minutes
IMDB Score: 6.3
Why I Watched It: Mostly for the cast and the trailer looked fun and a tad crazy.
Random Thoughts: I’m a huge fan of Sam Rockwell and now he’s just won the an Oscar and I hope he gets to do more as I think he’s very underrated but I will say he has to stop the dancing in almost every film it’s very out of place at times.
I like Anna Kendrick but I do find she’s now being typecast, she’s playing the same role over and over. It appears Hollywood sees her as cute/pretty but not beautiful so she gets the quirky roles, she seems to be cheated on a lot in films. She’s a good actress but needs to branch out a bit.
What I liked: Oddly Rockwell and Kendrick work well together and they do have some chemistry I think the big part is they both have very good comic timing and they play that off well. They’re both good here, Rockwell doesn’t have a whole lot to do he’s playing a hitman who now kills the people who hire him and he may be crazy. Rockwell runs with this cause he can play quirky like nobody’s business. One thing Rockwell always brings is this energy he’s always on, he can handle the humor and the violence very well.
The hook of this film is that it’s a quirky romantic comedy but thrown into an action plot and they do milk it pretty well Kendrick is kind of the anchor of the film cause she really carries the romantic comedy part and she does a good job of being naive and maybe also a little off, crazy I mean. The best parts of the film is when Rockwell and Kendrick are dating or just talking.
What I Didn’t Like: This is a mass up genre, black comedy but you add the romantic comedy to it as well and I do think tone is a problem, for the first half it’s quirky and fun but it gets darker and it gets pretty violent by the end. The had to do a huge shot out action finale and I think it hurt the tone of the film. The film tries to play it down the middle and it doesn’t completely work.
I was surprised how deep the supporting cast was and very disappointed that they weren’t used well. Tim Roth is fine and has a few moments but he’s wasted here, honestly you didn’t need him for this role except he’s about the same height as Rockwell. Mount is very miscast here and his character seems like most of his best scenes were cut. Eklund, Ransome and RZA were wasted in a subplot I don’t think they needed, but I will say I would watch them in a made for DVD action film. The funny thing is they had the cast to play it straight but making it a comedy hurt the overall flow of the film and really the plot. It’s one of those cases where the comedy hinders the action parts and the action parts break the flow of the humor the light tone they had going.
Final Thoughts: It’s a watchable movie and it made me smile a few times, the selling point is the cast and the film is lucky I’m huge fans of most of the cast.