First, in the interest of full disclosure, I must admit to having a certain amount of bias against Katherine Heigl. When I first saw her several years ago on “Gray’s Anatomy” (a TV show of which I’m not a fan) I remember thinking two things very clearly: “wow, she’s beautiful” and “wow, I can’t believe how much she looks like Charlize Theron.” In the intervening years since, Heigl’s negative press combined with behind-the-scenes stuff I’ve read about her combined with her onscreen persona, have led me to a decidedly negative impression of her. I’m just not a fan and what I once saw as an uncanny resemblance to Charlize Theron now seems more like a low-rent imitation.
That said, “Killers” is an upcoming action-comedy which stars Heigl and the always-charming Ashton Kutcher. The film is directed by Robert Luketic (“21”). These posters make this film look like a potentially loony good time, modeled, perhaps, after titles like “The Pink Panther,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” or even the old “Spy vs. Spy” comics from both “Mad Magazine” and “Mad TV.” I’ve seen the trailer too (http://itsjustmovies.com/1732), though, and that brief clip, left me feeling that “Killers” will be a title best avoided.
Heigl is hardly my only reservation either. In truth, that clip itself amounted, for me, to one giant reservation. It was cluttered and vague and about as funny as a bullet museum. Kutcher seems to have little, if any, chemistry with Heigl (I’m beginning to wonder if there’s a leading man in Hollywood who really does). And whereas these posters bring to mind the films mentioned above, I remember the trailer playing more like a kind of derivative, hybridized rip-off of 1997’s “Grosse Point Blank” and 2005’s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”
Moreover, that two-minute spot might have contained the single worst snippet of dialogue I’ve heard from a movie trailer — or from a movie, for that matter — so far in 2010. Around the 1:20 mark, Heigl’s character asks Kutcher’s character who he works for. His reply? “Let’s just say that I work for the blah, blah, blah, and they gave me a license to blah.”
These posters not withstanding, “blah” mostly summed up my reaction to the “Killers” trailer — as in, this film looks uninspired and “blah.” Mindless; derivative; pointless; poorly written; unfunny; chaotic — blah.
“Killers” opens June 4.
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