Sunday, February 8, 2009

Killshot (2008)

Director John Madden misdirects Killshot into a mess of tangled clich├ęs that denies him any success. Given the cast he has at his disposal, there is little that he could have done to make it go this wrong, but he does that little quite spectacularly. He starts by establishing the writ-in-stone Hollywood formula of two hitmen: Mickey Rourke’s contract killer Armand is the cool cucumber to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s psychopathic Richie Nix. What (or more precisely who) they pursue are yet another familiar screen setup, the childless-couple going through divorce. Madden’s movie eventually spirals from this setup into B-movie territory with characters we don’t care about and outcomes we expect.