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Guns for Hire (2015)

The Adventures of Beatle (original title)
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Detective Holt and Beatle talk about a murder with flashbacks added. Twists follow.

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Donna Robinson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ever Carradine ... Athena
Michele Hicks ... Beatle
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Bruce
Ben Mendelsohn ... Kyle Sullivan
Tony Shalhoub ... Parking Violations Bureau Agent
Sarah Shahi ... Carla
Orlando Jones ... Dr. Vanderark
Ivana Milicevic ... Friday Green
Brooke Adams ... Secretary
Raffaello Degruttola ... Detective Holt
Jamie Donnelly ... Waitress
Cullen Douglas ... Patient
William Stanford Davis ... Liquor Store Clerk
Mickey Breitenstein ... Detective
Jeff Enden Jeff Enden ... Salesman
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Beatle is a quirky loner who refuses to live by society's rules. Her business cards read "Towing/Assassination," and she even has a hit man infomercial to go along with it. Her only human contact is with her psychiatrist and the stripper/hooker she employs once a week. Everything changes the night she meets Athena Klendon, a suicidal blonde with a secret. With a demented killer on their tail, courtesy of Athena's crooked former employer, the two quickly strike a bargain. Athena will change her life insurance policy to reflect Beatle as the beneficiary in exchange for her own execution. And while they wait for the paperwork to come through, Beatle will provide room and board and get some extra help on her infomercial. The two have no idea that Detective Holt has been on their case reviewing their every move. Just when he thinks he's got Beatle pinned beyond a shadow of a doubt, this comedic mystery takes a wild and unexpected turn. Written by anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for sexual content, violence and language | See all certifications »
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Filmed in 2006 but unreleased till 2015. See more »

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Missing the mark entirely
21 January 2016 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

There's an attempt to create a smart exchange of wit and bullets here, although the material lacks the depth for assembly of rogue gallery. Sadly, it doesn't deliver in term of style as well, since it spends too much time portraying the struggle with overreaching extravagance. Furthering the awkward nature is the dubious script which sounds like poor interpretation of Mexican low grade action movies' one liner.

It follows the strange lead female as she's thrown in noir web of assassination and conspiracy, the only consistent part is next subplot will be more ridiculous than before. For most parts, acting is mediocre, the actors can't cover the silliness of it all. Their dialogues are highly surreal, not in preferable over-the-top manner either. At one point, they really appear to be throwing rejected catchphrases from 80s to each other.

The surprising thing is the movie manages to present Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Orlando Jones. However, they can't carry the movie with the material given to them, it's not that one or two decent performances could overcome the campy unrealistic nature anyway. The movie also tries to shoehorn some fanservice, but this just makes the entire scheme more muddled as it tries to produce level of polish it can't afford.

Action department is also subpar. In some other movies like Smokin' Aces or Shoot 'Em Up, they do all sorts of ridiculous stunts, this movie barely has anything resembling high octane choreography. Perhaps, the whole thing is more intended to be a parody, yet the shifting tone is jarring. Not to mention, it's not exactly humorous.

With a mess of awful logic in the plot, shifty acting and lack of solid direction, this one is not a decent hire.


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Release Date:

22 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Beatle Boyin See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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