Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review Tuesday: WILD TARGET [2010]

Recently Bill Nighy had a birthday. A friend and I were discussing his impressive body of work and suggested that I give this movie a view.

A hitman is hired to protect the woman he's supposed to kill.
If you read this blog, you may have noticed that Bill Nighy is one of my favorite actors. He brings a level of culture and grace to any role, whether he's a vampire elder, a nazi, a zombie, terrorist leader, and in this case, a hitman. 

Victor Maynard (Nighy) is a formidable assassin hired to kill Anna (Emily Blunt) by an art collector that she double-crossed. As he was unable to take care of the job in a timely fashion, the collector hired another hitman for the job. What starts off as Victor from preventing his opponent from making the kill, to the target hiring him to protect her. In doing so Victor comes across Tony (Rupert Grint) who seems to have a natural ability with guns. 

As odd as it may seem, this is the making of a COMEDY. The relationship between Maynard and his mother. The relationship between the hitman and the intended target. Tony. The art collector. The other assassin. It all mixes together in a dark and clever way that's thoroughly amusing and entertaining. 

Well worth watching!

Oh! As an aside. If you may have noticed that Nighy has some odd method of holding a gun. It's not some inside joke or unknown-to-you discipline. He has a genetic disorder called Dupuytren's Contracture which caused the last two fingers on each hand to curl up into his palm permanently, rendering them useless. 

It's also amusing that his character is named Victor, yet again!