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Bill Nighy is Victor Maynard, a middle-aged, solitary assassin, who lives to please his formidable mother, Louisa (Eileen Atkins), 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 (Emily Blunt). He spares her life, unexpectedly acquiring a young apprentice in the process, Tony (Rupert Grint). 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 (Rupert Everett).

Starring:
Rupert Grint, James O'donnell
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Rupert Grint, James O'donnell, Graham Seed, Emily Blunt, Alexis Rodney, George Rainsford, Sia Berkeley, Rupert Everett, Philip Battley, Martin Freeman, Gregor Fisher, Adrian Schiller, Eileen Atkins, Bill Nighy, Stephanie Lammond, Geoff Bell
Director Jonathan Lynn
Genres Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 11 October 2010
Main languages English

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I had a feeling from seeing the trailer for "Wild Target" that I'd enjoy it - and like many others - I was more than pleasantly surprised.

Jonathan Lynn's 2009 film is a hugely enjoyable romp - a kicking little movie with a very witty and warm script. That it stars the truly scrumptious Emily Blunt is good enough for most guys - but mix in real comedic talent like Bill Nighy, Rupert Everett, Martin Freeman and Gregor Fisher - and you're going to have your funny bones tickled - a lot.

What's also unexpected is the genuine (if unlikely) chemistry between Blunt and Nighy. And while the camera simply adores our Em in every scene she appears in - it's Nighy who's steals the entire film. He is just superb as the twitchy po-faced assassin Victor Maynard still unable to live without his mother and properly pleased with his lifetime of strangulations, poisonings and a good clean bullet in the head (his preferred trademark). His mad upper-crust mother Louisa has even made him a lovely newspaper-clippings memento of all these killings and put them in a scrapbook for his 52nd birthday (how thoughtful). Veteran and classy British actress Eileen Atkins gives an equally scene-stealing performance here too - a great combo with Nighy.

The story goes like his - Ruby (Blunt) falsifies a rare painting, pawns it off on bad guy Rupert Everett for a cool million quid, but gets rumbled. Victor is called in to `remove' said rumbler. But of course he is completely unhinged by the lovely kleptomaniac Rose and their initial mutual loathing eventually develops into something worth fighting for. Rose doesn't need to be extinguished by Victor, but protected by him instead (even if it costs £30,000 a week to do so).
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By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Sept. 2010
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I'm not a great fan of comedy films regardless of their country of origin but I do like Emily Blunt so decided to give this a go. What a treat, this is a really funny black comedy with a superb British cast. Bill Nighy is perfectly cast as uptight middle aged hitman Victor Maynard and his timing is spot on. Emily Blunt is truly charming as kleptomaniac Rose whom he is originally hired to kill but falls in love and Rupert Grint demonstrates that of all the Harry Potter kids he is the one most likely to break free. Rupert Everett is suitably sinister as the villain of the piece and the rest of the ensemble though lesser known to film fans perhaps all do a sterling job. This may not have you laughing out loud but it had me chuckling all the way through. Finally I have to add that the quality of the dvd I watched was so good I had to remind myself that I wasn't watching a blu ray. Buy this, you won't be disappointed. A single one star review does not a bad film make.
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With no idea of what to expect, I am happy to say that I found this little movie actually very funny. Normally I am not fond of "black comedy" but this unashamedly silly romp manages to stay firmly on the funny side by handling multiple killings off-screen in cartoon style (killer shoots ... BANG! person falls down ... THUMP!), showing very little blood and almost no bodies, and thus justifying its 12A or PG-13 rating.

The plot is lightweight and clearly improbable: Rose, a rebellious, happy-go-lucky kleptomaniac (delightfully played by Emily Blunt) exceeds the boundaries of her criminal abilities by pawning off a fake Rembrandt to a suave but sinister art collector (Rupert Everett, suitably chilling in a sadly limited role). Her amateur scam is quickly discovered and she finds herself the target of her victim's revenge when the furious art collector hires a meticulous, well-respected professional hit-man, Victor Maynard (brilliantly portrayed by Bill Nighy) to eliminate her. Victor comes from a long line of hit-persons, and his mother Louisa (Eileen Atkins in a hilarious, over-controlling role reminiscent of her mad mother character in "Cold Comfort Farm") is justifiably proud of her son's distinguished hired-gun career. Only this time, uncharacteristically, Victor fails to deliver his trade-mark clean shot-through-the-head and instead has time to observe his target who is clearly the wildest thing he's ever seen. After a series of chaotic mischances, Rose hires a reluctant Victor to guard her against her executioners. Victor's lonely life has not prepared him for the strange feelings he starts to experience when in Rose's presence and considerable confusion ensues.
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There's a long tradition of Hollywood remaking successful French comedies - Three Men and a Baby, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, True Lies, The Birdcage etc - but 2010's Wild Target offers the rare sight of a British remake of a French comedy, and a rather good one at that. Pierre Salvadori's 1993 version starred Jean Rochefort as meticulous hitman Victor Meynard who takes on an apprentice and finds himself protecting rather than killing a conwoman, much to the ire of both his disgruntled employer and his homicidal mother who thinks he's letting the family tradition down. Jonathan Lynn's remake follows the plot fairly closely and without turning it into too broad a farce, albeit losing some of the more dryly funny moments in the process. This time Bill Nighy stands in for Rochefort with Emily Blunt the cause of his confusion and, eventually, Rupert Grint his sidekick.

Taken on its own merits it's a decent little comedy even if it does drag its feet a bit in the last third, but it's the kind of film you'll probably like even more if you haven't seen the original. There are a couple of sly reversals and references to the original: where that had Meynard learning to speak English, this has him learning to speak French. But unfortunately something has been lost in translation. Sometimes it's just jokes - the retirement home staff Eileen Atkins' homicidal mother doesn't get on with no longer meet with accidents - but, while the film never goes over the top or descends into frenzied farce, more often its subtlety and understatement that is lost.
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