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Certificate
12A
Cast
Bill Nighy
Emily Blunt
Rupert Grint
Martin Freeman.
Directors
Jonathan Lynn.
Screenwriters
Running Time
97 minutes

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Wild Target
Black-tinged Brit farce


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Plot
Solitary hitman Victor (Nighy) lives at home with curmudgeonly mum and carries out his briefs with lethal efficiency. Until, that is, he finds himself drawn to an intended victim (Blunt) and inherits an apprentice (Grint).


Review
Wild Target
A very British remake of a French black comedy, this hitman farce squanders its bullseye cast on patchy material. Up for the perennial one-last-job, hitman Victor (Bill Nighy) is sent out to knock off Emily Blunt’s art thief when a blunder sees him protecting his own target, then a tagalong apprentice (Rupert Grint). Sent into hiding, the three form a dysfunctional bond, but the jaunty montages screech to a halt when Martin Freeman’s harsh rival hitman pitches up. Lumbered with tame action and carbon-dated gags (honestly, have dead parrots been funny since Monty Python?), the cast just about charm their way out of it. Nighy’s value, but it’s a bit like watching an ITV sitcom spin-off of A Fish Called Wanda .


Verdict
A talented cast keep some low-key action and tired gags from derailing this disappointing farce.


Reviewed by Simon Crook

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Average user rating for Wild Target
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I really enjoyed this and would have given it 5 stars if it were not for the ending. I think they ran out of time, money or ideas or something. This is laugh out loud stuff. ... More

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Posted by Samurai7 at 10:16, 30 September 2010 | Report This Post


Doesn't Hit The Target

It was alright, but nothing special. For some reason I had a lot of hopes for the film after watching the trailer, but unfortunately there is no spark in rgeta fizzle. Still a relatively enjoyable, mediocre British 'comedy'. Just misfired a bit too much...   ] ... More

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Posted by robwillphill at 09:46, 02 July 2010 | Report This Post


youd think with a cast like bill nighy emily blunt rupert grint and rupert everett and director jonathan lynn creator of yes minister this might be good the laughs never start in this farrago any attempts at humour are to be frank rather sick fornutunately i only spent 2.35 on a afternoon screening of this crap even russell brand might have been better than this ... More

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Posted by quizkid at 12:09, 30 June 2010 | Report This Post


Wild Target

Lower expectations upon a viewing can often leave you pleasantly surprised, here they weren't low enough - this is utter muck, and a complete waste of a talented cast. ... More

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Posted by moviemaniac2 at 16:19, 24 June 2010 | Report This Post



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