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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected - bang on target
I would label this film as efficient and effective. Other reviewers, although more lukewarm towards it, outline the basic plot. Unlike them I found the script enjoyable - almost black comedy. The direction was artful and suspenseful and the cinematography by Caleb Deschanel is exceptional. A smallish, tight central cast - Rosario Dawson is, yes, underused, but at least...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a Disaster But Not Quite Elmore Leonard Either(Again)
Estranged couple Wayne and Carmen Colson(Thomas Jane,Diane Lane)are witnesses to a botched hit by Blackbird(Mickey Rourke) and Richie Nix(Joseph Gordon Levitt)and end up in witness protection.However Blackbird does not appreciate loose ends and looks to track them down.
Notorious studio misfire contains only trace elements of Leonard's fine novel(one of his best)with...
Published on 22 Feb. 2010 by Mark Pearce


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a Disaster But Not Quite Elmore Leonard Either(Again), 22 Feb. 2010
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Estranged couple Wayne and Carmen Colson(Thomas Jane,Diane Lane)are witnesses to a botched hit by Blackbird(Mickey Rourke) and Richie Nix(Joseph Gordon Levitt)and end up in witness protection.However Blackbird does not appreciate loose ends and looks to track them down.
Notorious studio misfire contains only trace elements of Leonard's fine novel(one of his best)with John Madden this time being the director unable to bring Leonard's masterly and subtle character studies in criminality to the screen.Only Steven Soderbergh has come close with Out of Sight.Here an a list cast do their best(Rourke being the standout but Levitt is awful as Nix and Rosario Dawson is scarcely any more believable as his con infatuated girlfriend) and the post production tinkering is terribly obvious as a fairly absorbing and pacey first half descends into a lifeless second with Jane off the screen for practically the whole of the pay off.
Action sequences are competently handled but Killshot could have been so much more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected - bang on target, 25 Jun. 2013
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I would label this film as efficient and effective. Other reviewers, although more lukewarm towards it, outline the basic plot. Unlike them I found the script enjoyable - almost black comedy. The direction was artful and suspenseful and the cinematography by Caleb Deschanel is exceptional. A smallish, tight central cast - Rosario Dawson is, yes, underused, but at least given a part that's a slight stretch for once. She's a solid actress as well as being hugely attractive but too often gets little more than decorative parts. Mickey Rourke even plays his character with admirable subtlety in places, and comes across as believable as a Native American (note the way he modulates his speech, or enunciation - both a city rat and yet also "other"). I would say the plot drifts slightly halfway through, following a hard and fast start and notable action set-pieces. There's not as much action through the second half but when it comes, it works. A good job by all concerned. Doubt the naysayers if you rate any of the cast and give it go for yourself. It's no classic, but is still better than many movies these days. Fans of Copland Special Edition [DVD] or Four Brothers [DVD], or Ben Affleck's directed moviesGone Baby Gone [DVD],The Town [DVD] [2010] would, i reckon, find satisfaction here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good little thriller, but who do you root for?, 10 May 2012
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Killshot is about a couple (Thomas Jane and Diane Lane) who are in the process of getting divorced. However, they witness an attempted armed robbery by partners in crime (Mickey Rourke and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and subsequently hunted down by the pair in order to `silence' them - permanently.

What follows in an hour and a half of cat and mouse antics and the criminals use all their resources to track the couple down, in order to eliminate them. Not a bad premise, but the one thing I found was that I found myself rooting for the bad guys - not because I agreed with their motives, but because they were just so much more charismatic than the `heroes' (think how Brad Pitt's and Juliet Lewis' psychotic performances outshone David Duchovney and what's-her-name's in Kalifornia and you're in the right area).

Killshot isn't anything special, or anything that you haven't seen before. However, what makes it worth watching is the performance of the villains. Some people have commented how Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn't pull off `the hard man' act very well. Yes, he was a little manic, but, either way, I found he stole every scene from Thomas Jane and Diane Lane, but was - naturally - outdone in the psychopathic stakes by Mickey Rourke.

There's definitely worst ways to spend an hour and a half.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not very good, 23 Aug. 2012
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Expected a little better from a Mickey Rourke film. The plot wasn't very good - why this professional hit man would team up with a mouthy side kick should have started the alarm bells ringing. If you really want to see this film the Region 1 import is much better value at £7'ish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Mar. 2014
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Good watchable Dvd.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Killshot Misses It's Target, 8 Sept. 2012
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Mickey Rourke steps into familar shoes to play a hitman on a mission. After accidently killing his own little brother he takes the loose cannon Joseph Gordon-Levitt under his wing - as he reminds him of his brother and sees this as a kind of mends. The story jumps around to follow a plot about Diane Lane and estranged hubby Thomas Jane witnessing Mikey Rourke's identity after a botched heist. They move into witness protection but it isn't long until Rourke and his hot headed companion track them down...

The performances are fine in this Elmore Leonard story (although the always reliable Rosario Dawson is under used) and Rourke plays a fine hitman. However the script and story is ridiculous in parts which makes you understand why this flick when straight to DVD in the UK.

Worth a note is the Blu Ray edition is only available on import as the high def version never had a UK release. The Blu Ray transfer is excellent as is the sound. The extras are no exsistant bar a short film included based on an Elmore Leonard short story. This bonus 30 min quirky odd film is directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and stars Eric Stoltz about an insurance scam.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's a double feature..., 13 Nov. 2013
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Carmen Colson and her husband Wayne are placed in the Federal Witness Protection program after witnessing an extortion scheme go wrong.

Thinking they are safe at last, they are targeted by an experienced intimidating hit man and a psychopathic young upstart killer.

The ensuing struggle will test Carmen to the limit.....

Always curious about this movie because of all the push backs, Killshot has to be one of the most irritating, pretentious movies I've seen in a long while.

Rourke spends the movie pouting and giving rationale or his doing, Levitt is just too over the top in a way even David Lynch would cringe at, and Rosario Dawson is totally wasted.

Lane and Jane are okay, but they are he most boring couple I've ever seen on celluloid.

The film meanders from scene to scene to scene, and one cannot believe that a prolific director like Madden could make something so redundant.

It tries to be offbeat, tries to be something a little out there, even mystical, but the film is a complete shambles from beginning to end.

Highly avoidable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD THRILLER!, 22 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Killshot [DVD] (DVD)
KILLSHOT is a thriller based on a best selling novel by the late ELMORE LEONARD. When weary Native American hitman Armand Blackbird Degas (MICKEY ROURKE) enrages his mafia boss (RICHARD ZEPPIARI) by murdering an employee while on a job to liquidate Papa (HAL HOLBROOK in a brief cameo), he suddenly finds himself o the run from his former employers. Soon he beings an unlikely partnership with a small time con artist, Richie Rix ( JOSEPH GORDON LEVITT) and his downtrodden girlfriend, Donna (a superb ROSARIO DAWSON).

Meanwhile, estranged husband and wife Wayne Colson (THOMAS JANE) and Carmen (DIANE LANE) are unwittingly placed in the firing line when they foil Rixs amateurish blackmail attempt on her property tycoon boss, Nelson Davies (DON McMANUS). With their lives now in danger, the desperate duo are placed on the Witness Protection Program and believe themselves to be safe once relocated and with fresh identities.

Yet they underestimate the professional and resourceful Degas, who is following the rule which has kept him so successful over the years - that anyone who has seen his face, and therefore posing a potential threat - is mercilessly silenced!

I found KILLSHOT to be a nice little thriller which does not rely on massive stunts and explosions to grip the viewing audience. Characterization is important here and while all the cast shine, extra credit goes to LANE and ROURKE for making their characters to believable. JANE is suitably restrained compared to some of his action films and LEVITT perfectly slimy, while DAWSON really makes us sympathize for her!

Unfortunately there are no Special Features at all on the disc, although at least there are subtitles available. Still, anybody wishing to fill an hour and a half with a tense, but rather underrated thriller, should find KILLSHOT ideal entertainment!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Masterclass from Rourke, 14 July 2013
This review is from: Killshot [DVD] (DVD)
A much delayed release for a movie that had already set in the archives following poor audience reactions during test screenings. Yes the opening half of the film is stronger and the plot line involving the mafia hit men in pursuit of Blackbird goes nowhere. Watching the excellent opening hit which gets Rourke's character into trouble you can see how this scene has subsequently been ripped off for the opening in Stallone thriller Bullet to the Head. Levitt also shines as the unstable Richey Nix who teams up with Blackbird. As is more often the case the crooks are the more colourful characters with Thomas Jane and Diane Lane offered more bland roles as the bickering couple forced into witness protection.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Be warned., 23 Nov. 2014
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Embarrassingly awful film. Had all the elements of the book but was put together by an idiot. Do not be tempted.
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