Victor Maynard is a middle-aged, solitary assassin, who lives to please his formidable mother, 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. He spares her life, unexpectedly acquiring in the process a young apprentice, Tony. 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.Written by
Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt played together (as father and daughter) in the BBC film Gideon's Daughter (2006). They both won a Golden Globe for their performance. See more »
Victor's mother says she has "taken up knitting" and shows what appears to be the beginning of a onesie for a baby. The object knitted is more of a silhouette than a three-dimensional object. When sewing, silhouettes are often cut out and sewn together. However, with knitting, where one creates the cloth as one goes, it's easier to create the three-dimensional object in situ. This is certainly the case with the legging section of the onesie (leggings being, essentially, long socks, which are simple to make in three dimensions). While it's not impossible to make two silhouettes and seam them at the sides, it seems counterproductive. See more »
[hearing a disturbance, Victor emerges from his bedroom, gun in hand]
This hideous old bat in a wheelchair just tried to kill me! She had a knife this big, I swear!
It was horrible!
[embarrassed, Victor goes to the door of Rose's bedroom]
Mother... Mother, are you there? It's me. Mother?
[hearing nothing, he kneels down to look through the keyhole]
[to Rose and Tony]
I've got everything under control...
[a shotgun blasts a hole in the door over Victor's head. Rose screams]
She means well....
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To me this was a classic and quirky British farce. If it had been been 1958 and in black and white, it would have been in it's place but in 2010 it was slightly odd. That said, I enjoyed the film and would recommend seeing it. The star of the film was certainly Rupert Grint who provided some of the best comedy moments, and Dame Eileen Atkins was a disappointment after her stellar performance in Psychoville. Some of the plot lines were predictable and could be seen coming, but in a way that added to the charm of the film. And it's always nice to see a proper British film as opposed to the ones we just make so well for Hollywood!
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