Triggerman Review

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English Pete and Irish Andy are petty thieves mistaken for killers hired to off mob boss Ben Cutler. While they’re delaying the job, enjoying the perks of a nice hotel, the real assassins are trying to track them down — although they find their own distra


It's easy to criticise Triggermen, what with its sporadically dodgy dialogue, casting decisions and plotting. What's surprising is how it almost manages to get away with it, just like its useless-but-charming central character, Pete.

While on paper Neil Morrissey's Men Behaving Badly alter ego might have prepared him for the role, his TV-standard acting sits uneasily with the film's veneer of professionalism.

The confident visual style, energetic pace and farcical humour help move things along until a fearsomely miscast Amanda Plummer enters the scene as a nagging Irish woman. Dunbar, as her errant boyfriend, can at least deliver an authentic accent, but fails to achieve screen chemistry with Morrissey - a crucial flaw in what's essentially a buddy pic.

Wahlberg and Rapaport fare better as the hard-nosed American criminal duo, although Rapaport's anti-English rants feel inevitably stereotypical this side of the Atlantic.

A rough, forgettable but generally likeable comedy of errors wrapped up in deceptively stylish packaging.