Two small-time English con-men in Chicago are mistaken for a pair of hit-men hired to bump off a mob chief. Instead of clearing the matter up and fleeing, the men try to take advantage of the crime boss who is hiring them. Things go from bad to worse when the real hit-men show up, and the unsuspecting duo become even more involved in the dodgy criminal underworld they have come to inhabit.
A high-strung yet winning crime comedy, Triggermen
features an appealing cast in the story of two British con artists mistaken for a pair of seasoned assassins. Adrian Dunbar and Neil Morrissey play displaced, small-time thieves rotting away in Chicago and desperate to get home to the U.K. Morrissey's character has a solution: He takes a briefcase full of cash left in a hotel lobby for a pair of laidback, Yankee killers (Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Rapaport) hired through a second party to murder a Windy City crime boss (Pete Postlethwaite). The client (Louis Di Bianco) pressures the Brits to get the job done, while the real hitmen figure out they've been supplanted. It all makes for an enjoyable (and violent) lark, but an interesting angle finds Wahlberg's soft-spoken criminal anxious to get out of his trade (he falls for Postlethwaite's gorgeous daughter, played by Claire Forlani) while Morrissey becomes increasingly convincing as a gangster. --Tom Keogh