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KILLERS, 2010
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KILLERS MOVIEKILLERS, 2010
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Directed by Robert Luketic

Cast: Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Selleck, Catherine O'Hara, Alex Borstein, Katheryn Winnick
Review by Matthew Toffolo

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Three years into their perfectly suburban marriage, Jen (Heigl) learns that her husband Spencer (Kutcher) is not only an undercover assassin -- he's also a target worth millions of dollars to a clutch of fellow assassins who have been trailing the couple in secret since they met.

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No one in the history of making films has ever wanted or tried to make a bad film. From a $20 budget to a $200 million budget, every film enters production thinking that they are about to make a great film. And contrary to many arm-chair quarterbacks out there, it's almost never the script itself.

Most studio scripts when you read them before shooting begins look good and you can see why they are set to make it. I remember working 4 months on a comedy film as a PA when I was just starting out and laughing so hard I began to cry when reading the script. I was really happy to be a part of this film as I thought there was no way it could possibly fail and be a bad film.

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But during just the 2nd week of shooting when actors egos, producers fingerprints and an overall lack of talent in the secondary film production departments were obvious, you knew this film was definitely going to fail. The crew got restless and we all went to work each day for the paycheck and nothing else. And everyone just 10 days previously went to the first day of set happy to be a part of such a great script.

That's how fast negatively can roll downhill. And that's the art of making a feature film. It's a marathon of over 100 plus people each building the story piece by piece in a span of 3-5 months. And if the majority of your cast/crew stop believing during the production, you are in a lot of trouble. That's why most films really don't work. It takes a lot of luck and a lot of leadership by the director and producer to keep motivating the troops into them determined that we're still making a great film. And a lot of time leadership is just showing people day by day that a lot of great work is happening.

KILLERS does not work at all. There's something missing. I can't blame the screenwriters, as I know this is a solid script full of great comedic and action packed moments. I can't blame Katherine Heigl because she acted the hell of out this film and really pulled off a terrific performance.

I could blame the director as there seems to be a tone problem as there are moments the audience wonders what kind of film they are watching. And who are we supposed to fall for and dislike? But it's not that simple.

I do think it can be as simple as Ashton Kutcher being completely miscasted in this role he was supposed to play. I did notice that he was a producer in the film so I'll assume that this is a project he helped develop and nurture into a movie as I'm sure he thought this was the film that would make him the movie star he desperately wants to be. But his performance doesn't work because he's not the guy the character in the script is. If you put Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Clive Owen and even Josh Harnett in this role, I can guarantee that you'll have a giant hit film.

Kutcher appeals to females but not men. Of course that's a generalization, but it's generally true. There's something off with him when it comes to us following any role he plays for 2 hours. We see him trying to act in the scenes he's performing and not just being the character.

He's a supporting kind of personality. That's why he works so well in That 70s show and films like Valentine's Day. We don't want to see him too much.

But of course he's got those leading man looks. Perhaps he's too good looking and not manly enough, especially when he's trying to play a man who kills people for a living.

That's just my conclusion of why KILLERS is a not so great and almost unwatchable film. But it could be something else.

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