Bill Nighy, Rupert Grint and Emily Blunt Aim Low in Wild Target Trailer
Another month, another comedy about hitmen. Admittedly, the cast of Wild Target, which includes Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert "Ron Weasley" Grint and Rupert Everett, is more interesting than some (especially Killers), but seriously: How many of these movies do we need? Could we have even a short moratorium?
In this remake of a French film with the same title, Nighy plays a professional killer who botches a job when he accidentally falls for the target, Blunt. Rather than kill her, he opts to protect her. And then, as the title suggests, she turns out to be wild. Grint joins the fun after getting hit by the wrong car at the wrong time.
Normally I'd be on board just because of the cast, and I did chuckle a few times during the trailer. But it's nearly impossible to get excited about another professional killer comedy, and it doesn't look like director Jonathan Lynn (who already tackled this material in The Whole Nine Yards) brings anything revolutionary to the stale sub-genre.
It's also hard to judge the film on it's own merits with the awful, made-for-TV style voice over that comes in a quarter of the way through. You'd think that Freestyle Releasing could spring for a more legit trailer on their first theatrical acquisition.