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Killshot (2008)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  13 November 2008 (Israel)
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Beautiful Carmen Colson and her ironworker husband Wayne are placed in the Federal Witness Protection program after witnessing an "incident". Thinking they are at last safe, they are targeted by an experienced hit man and a psychopathic young upstart killer. The ensuing struggle will test Carmen to the limit.

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Beautiful Carmen Colson and her ironworker husband Wayne are placed in the Federal Witness Protection program after witnessing an extortion scheme go wrong. Thinking they are at last safe, they are targeted by an experienced intimidating hit man and a psychopathic young upstart killer. The ensuing struggle will test Carmen to the limit. Written by McCormack

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$10,741 (USA) (23 January 2009)

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$17,007 (USA) (30 January 2009)
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Bruce Willis was originally set to star as Wayne Colson after he acquired the rights for the film in 1989. See more »

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When Armand puts a .45 pistol to Richie Nix's head in the car when they first meet, the distinct sound of a hammer cocking is inserted but the hammer is obviously disengaged. See more »

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[confronting Nelson for ransom money]
Richie Nix: [stroding in office with Blackbird] I told you wouldn't know which one I'm gonna be when I came in. Remember it?
Nelson Davies: [pretending to be dumb] What?
Richie Nix: On the phone?
Nelson Davies: I think you wanna talk to somebody downstairs that'll help you out.
Richie Nix: [to blackbird] You see that? He's playing dumb?
Armand 'The Blackbird' Degas: Well, he's fucking with you.
Richie Nix: You're gonna try to tell me I never spoke to you?
Nelson Davies: Huh?
Armand 'The Blackbird' Degas: No, I think he said he doesn't remember the fucking conversation you had with him over the telephone.
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Suspense, Thriller, Romance and Missing Pieces
30 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

KILLSHOT is far from being a great movie. I suppose it could be said that it isn't even a movie, but instead a DVD project as it has a rather leaden history. But though there was no theatrical release to garner public interest and little promotional material about its shelf release, it may just find an audience among word of mouth promotion. It has enough elements to keep the interest of even late at night tired viewers - and that says a lot these days. Elmore Leonard's novel has been reconstructed by Hossein Amini and John Madden has done his best to string together the various beads of the plots that comprise this story, and the result is a film peppered by some worthwhile actors who do their best to make the implausible story lines work.

Armand 'Blackbird' Degas (Mickey Rourke) is a long time hit-man, an American Indian with a past pasted together by tragedies who accepts an assignment to make a new kill. His plan is disrupted by his accidental and maladaptive association with a bona fide psychopath Richie Nix (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and girlfriend Donna (Rosario Dawson). Nix decides to partner with Blackbird and in the process they encounter a 'couple on the rocks' - Carmen and Wayne Colson (Thomas Jane and Diane Lane) - who happen to witness an incident that puts them in danger of Nix and Blackbird's recipe for not leaving witnesses. The couple is put on Witness Protection Program but that doesn't dent the clever Blackbird from accomplishing his goals. The rest of the story is a cat and mouse chase that has some moments of real terror. And as in most of Leonard's stories, things don't turn out the way they seem to suggest.

Things are missing from this film that create holes in the story and stretch credibility. The work by the lead actors is quite good as is that of the momentary cameos by such luminaries as Hal Holbrook and Lois Smith. A great film this is not, but a film that maintains attention/tension it is and worth an evening's entertainment. Grady Harp


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