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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wild Target by Jonathan Lynn, 2010 (PG-13)

with Bill Nighy (Total Recall, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Rango, The Girl In The Cafe), Emily Blunt (The Five-Year Engagement, My Summer of Love, The Adjustment Bureau, The Five-Year Engagement, Your Sister's Sister, Looper), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), Rupert Everett, Dame Eileen Atkins (Robin Hood, Beautiful Creatures), Martin Freeman (Breaking and Entering), Gregor Fisher, Geoff Bell, Rory Kinnear, Graham Seed

When veteran hit man Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy) finds himself unable to kill his latest target, Rose (Emily Blunt), he winds up with an unexpected sidekick, Tony (Rupert Grint), who thinks Victor is a detective in this action-packed comedy from Britain. Now, with Rose and Tony tagging along, Victor tries to deal with the dual forces of his overbearing mother (Eileen Atkins) and a very angry client (Rupert Everett) who wants Rose dead.

I love Billy Nighty, his posture, his dry humor, his sort of British hesitation or higher concern. I didn't particularly think anything about Emily Blunt, and besides in his role as Ron, not much either of Rupert Grint. It changed when I saw Wild Target. It is hilariously British, all in contained attitudes and therefor absurd situations. I believe the mother was the winner, but the other roles are really strangely funny. A great movie for a simple story.


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