I’ve always had a penchant for British films and actors. Their humor, wit and charm are always a breath of fresh air when I tire of American comedies. And when you get a bunch of talented British actors together in a movie, it usually hits the bulls-eye , just like I’m sure the new film “Wild Target” does.
In the movie, the great Bill Nighy (“Pirate Radio,” “Love Actually”) plays a successful assassin who is carrying on the family business. However, as he gets older, his domineering mother wonders if he’ll ever meet the right girl and have children. Enter Rose (Emily Blunt of “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Young Victoria”), a lovely thief whom Nighy has been hired to kill. Too drawn to Rose, Victor decides not to kill her and also gains an apprentice, Tony (Rupert Grint in the “Harry Potter” films). Rose and Tony follow Victor, who they believe is a private detective, while he keeps them out of harm’s way from his murderous gangster client Ferguson, played by Rupert Everett.
Although the clips below don’t show much, just the cast alone has me wanting to see this movie. That, and the facial hair — Nighy is rockin’ a sweet ‘stache, and Grint looks like he’s trying to imitate a redheaded pirate. Jealous of his costar Nighy’s Pirates of the Caribbean gig, perhaps?
Check out “Wild Target” — which also stars Martin Freeman (“The Office”) — in selected theaters nationwide on Oct. 29.
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