A vacationing woman meets her ideal man, leading to a swift marriage. Back at home, however, their idyllic life is upset when they discover their neighbors could be assassins who have been contracted to kill the couple..
A bounty hunter learns that his next target is his ex-wife, a reporter working on a murder cover-up. Soon after their reunion, the always-at-odds duo find themselves on a run-for-their-lives adventure.
Spencer Aimes is just your average, undercover, government-hired super-assassin accustomed to a life of exotic European locales, flashy sports cars and even flashier women. But when he meets Jen Kornfeldt, a beautiful, fun-loving computer tech recovering from a bad break-up, he finds true love...and happily trades international intrigue for domestic bliss. Three years later, Spencer and Jen are still enjoying a picture-perfect marriage - that is, until the morning after Spencer's 30th birthday. That's when Spencer and Jen learn he's the target of a multi-million dollar hit. Even worse, the hired killers have been stalking the happy couple for years, and could be anyone: friends, neighbors, the grocery store clerk, even that crabby old guy shuffling across the street. Now Spencer and Jen are on the run for their lives. As their suburban paradise turns into a paranoid game of dodge-the-bullet, they must find out who wants Spencer dead and why, all the while trying to save their marriage...Written by
Tom Selleck's character Mr. Kornfeldt refers to himself as having being a pilot. In the earlier cinema movie, High Road to China (1983), Selleck portrayed a World War One ace fighter-pilot called Patrick O'Malley. See more »
The "dossier" for Jasper Levenaux on the CIA computer at the beginning of the film reads "After years of paltry assistance, the United States last year provided $67 million in counterterrorism aid for training, intelligence and equipment. Assistance will more than double this year, Gen. David H. Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, said Friday in Baghdad before visiting Yemen the next day." Which is taken from a January 3, 2010 article in the Washington Post about Al-Qaeda in Yemen. See more »
We've been married for three years and we've never been more than five minutes away from your parents. They're always coming over and your dad's all... all... Well, uh, this is how the Kornfeldt's load the dishwasher. And, mow the lawn clockwise 'cause that's the Kornfeldt way. Take this piece of coal, stick it up your kiester, squeeze it real tight like we do, and you'll and make a Kornfeldt diamond.
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Better the first time I saw it when it was called True Lies
Jen (Katherine Heigl) is on vacation with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Kornfeldt (Tom Selleck and Catherine O'Hara, respectively). She's a nervous wreck and newly single. All of her worries go out the door when she is swept off her feet by the suave Spencer (Ashton Kutcher). Little does she know that her new boy toy is a CIA operative who's leaving the job to be with her. Flash forward 3 years and someone wants Spencer out of the picture. With a $20 million dollar price on his head, it seems that everyone they know is after Spencer and the only person he can trust is his reluctant wife.
So what is this? Killers is a "romantic comedy" (how often is this genre romantic and/or comedic) with hints of an action film. Don't get it confused with an action film that happens to be funny. Foremost effort is to please the female demographic with all the cheap shrieks and arguments stirred up by an irrational female lead. Kutcher, as the male lead, is also here to appeal toward women. Spencer doesn't have a solid support staff or even a definable mission other than to get girls into the seats.
The performances are par for the course and visuals are remarkably strong for this breed of film. Hand-to-hand combat is actually more entertaining here, than that found in Quantum of Solace. The downfall is that Killers isn't funny, at all. It doesn't aim for the gross-out (very often), but the effort is generally underwhelming. Jen's mother seems to serve as the primary comic relief element, this is just speculation because her role as an alcoholic isn't vital to any aspect of the movie.
Killers was better the first time I saw it when it was called True Lies. The older title successfully combines all the elements of a top-tier espionage classic and then it brings in a likable, dynamic housewife to keep the female crowd in the film. Tom Arnold was a rock solid sidekick for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ashton has no one. Harry Tasker has a reason for people to try and kill him and his family, Spencer not so much. In True Lies, a subplot develops where Harry has reason to spy on Helen to see if she's cheating on him. In Killers, the idea is simply suggested without logic. Does it make sense for everyone in Spencer's daily life to be gunning for him? I think not. What a waste of resources to have people pretend to be a former agent's friend for a number of years.
Killers completely shames the tradition of the espionage subgenre. Training missions have a more elaborate scheme, and they usually go to the trouble of making sense out of the background story. By the end of it, you realize that all the twists you expected to be revealed are not only presented but also nonsensical. The more you think about it, the bigger the waste of time it becomes. Still, it's easy to recognize that Killers is more rom com than spy thriller, and with that in mind, it's almost a treat since the gunfire and explosions will entertain a male date better than the dialogue found in the standard chick flick.
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