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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Lack of chemistry cripples Killers

Posted By on Sun, Jun 6, 2010 at 9:29 PM

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At the onset of Killers, Jen (Katherine Heigl) is on a trip to France with her parents (Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara) when she meets Spencer Aimes (Ashton Kutcher) on the hotel elevator. Shirtless and ripped, the guy isn’t ashamed to show off his fabulous abs, and Jen falls for him. Quickly. It’s not long before they’re having romantic picnics on the beach and taking long drives on coastal highways. Jen doesn’t know it, but Spencer is a hit man. He wants out of the game, however, and tells his boss he’s quitting so that he can lead a normal life with Jen. His boss doesn’t like it, but he acquiesces. Fast forward three years and Spencer and Jen are happily married, living the suburban dream in a quiet residential community. But when one of their houseguests unexpectedly turns on Spencer and tries to kill him, Spencer realizes there’s a bounty on his head. He goes back to his hit man ways, pulling his small arsenal of automatic weapons out from the attic as he and Jen begin to suspect even the most innocent of their neighbors. While the film’s premise isn’t a bad one, it takes far too long for it to get rolling. And Kutcher and Heigl just don’t click. Kutcher never seems like he’s truly in character (you keep expecting him to tell Jen she’s just been “punk’d”), and Heigl tries too hard to be glamorous (she changes her hairstyle countless times in the film). **

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