Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy) is a middle-aged, solitary assassin, who lives to please his formidable mother, Louisa (Dame Eileen Atkins), despite his own peerless reputation for lethal efficiency. His professional routine is interrupted when he finds himself drawn to one of his intended victims, Rose (Emily Blunt). He spares her life, unexpectedly acquiring in the process a young apprentice, Tony (Rupert Grint). Believing Victor to be a private detective, his two new companions tag along, while he attempts to thwart the murderous attentions of his unhappy client.
When Victor and Rose enter Victors home, they begin to talk about Victor's mother, but when Tony walks in with the Cat, the cat is facing front (Towards Victor) in the first shot, then in the second shot facing Tony, and the cat then puts it's arm over Tony's shoulder in that same shot, but again seconds later in the 3rd shot of Tony, the Cat is facing front again in the same position as the first shot. See more »
My name is Victor Maynard, and i am 54 years old and I work as a professional killer.
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The first item in the "Thanks to" section of the rolling credits reads: "ASHMOLEUM MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD for use of 'Paul Cezanne Near Auvers-sur-Oise', oil on canvas, 46 x 55cm. This painting was stolen on 1 January 2000 and has not been recovered." Apparently, this theft indeed did occur. Note, the movie was filmed in 2009. See more »
My 336th Review: Excellent remake - and the funniest movie in its genre since Shooting Fish
For those who haven't seen Ciblé Émovante from 1993 do. But Wild Target is seriously a tremendous remake.
Very very funny and just plain good fun - this harks back to the golden age of British comedies, sidesteps (in the main) Guy Ritchie and goes for that same vibe that Shooting Fish had.
The plot of the buttoned-down assassin and the kooky girl and the guy who gets involved by mistake is a vehicle to hang some great lines and situations on; let's just say it involves art forgery, hired guns, kleptomania, and Snowy the Cat. Brilliant stuff. Bill Nighy does his usual comic timing to perfection and he and Emily Blunt, along with the two Ruperts, Grint and Everett, bring a real sense of fun to this. Well supported and very well directed there's not much to complain about here - it's just a great comedy and taken as that you could do much worse.
Honestly, we haven't laughed or just flat out enjoyed a film this much in a long time - it's got a wonderful vibe to it that just makes watching it fun - and after all it's nice to get back to some good old fashioned killing without all the pizazz....
Highly recommended if you like British comedies, do try to get to see the french original, it's a corker, but this, this one is going in my collection....
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