The Bounty Hunter is a 201 English movie directed by Andy Tennant with Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Gio Perez in lead roles. Read the film review at CalcuttaTube.
Film: ‘The Bounty Hunter‘;
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Gio Perez, Joel Garland, Jason Kolotouros;
Director: Andy Tennant;
Movie Review by IANS
The basic premise for this comedy is decent. There’s not a man in the world that would not die for a chance to wreak vengeance on an ‘ex’ he hates. Sadly director Andy Tennant, who gave us the charming romantic comedy ‘Hitch’, wastes his chances at both comedy and action with outdated and worn out cliches.
Ex-cop Milo’s (Gerard Butler) job as a bounty hunter, man who catches those that have broken parole, is a tough and risky one. Yet he jumps with joy at getting the chance to arrest his ex-wife Nicole (Jennifer Aniston) and bring her to jail.
A reporter, Nicole is investigating the suicide of a cop with help from a source at a bar. When her source disappears, she is worried and tries to track him down, only for her ex-husband to track her down and arrest her.
The rest of the film is about how the two try to outsmart each other. Considering that the two were married, they know each others weaknesses, but not much of their strengths. So, when Nicole fakes her tears, Milo knows it. When no amount of cajoling or attempts to escape work for Nicole, she uses Milo’s addiction to gambling to her advantage.
On the way of being shot at, posing as senators and a honeymooning couple, riding a cycle rickshaw through Las Vegas and dodging balls at a golf course, the two rediscover the love they had for each other.
They work together as a team to uncover the truth behind the man hunting them down, the disappeared source and the cop-suicide.
The main problem with the film is that of an identity crisis. It is definitely not a comedy as even the mandatory giggles do not come to you. Without any of the spectacular action sequences Hollywood is famous for, it isn’t an action film either.
It is not even a crime thriller as the suspense is not enough to pull you to the edge of your seat. And this confusion transmutes to the viewers.
The chemistry between Butler and Aniston is nothing to write about. The direction isn’t sharp either.
However, where the film falters the most is in the writing. Situations that could have been hilarious, fizzle out because of bad writing and characterisation. The transition from TV to the big screen for writer Sarah Thorp has definitely not worked.
The plot – the war of the sexes – is an old cliche. The setting need not have been so. In the end, ‘The Bounty Hunter’ ends up being nothing but an ensemble of done to death cliches.
The lead pair of Butler and Aniston, with their fan following, will get enough crowds to the theatre despite their inability to act. But it is definitely worth giving a miss, unless you absolutely, desperately are bent upon wasting your time and money.
Movie Review by CalcuttaTube
Rating: 1.5 out of 5*
Gerard Butler plays Milo Boyd, an ex-cop turned unwashed, unshaven bounty hunter who gambles and drinks too much. He’s also ex-husband to intrepid girl reporter Nicole Hurley (Jennifer Aniston). At the start of the film, she’s investigating a mysterious suicide for a story in the New York Daily News but is held up by a pesky court date for a traffic accident. When her source contacts her needing to meet immediately, she skips out on her trial, and a bench warrant is issued for her arrest. Naturally, Milo’s boss is the bondsman who posted her initial bail, and Milo is the bounty hunter sent to collect her. The prospect fills him with uninhibited glee, an unexplained emotion that Butler plays strangely. He giggles and bounces, tracks mud through her apartment and eats Doritos in her bed. Milo must eventually track Nicole to Atlantic City, where her mother, Kitty (Christine Baranski), is a headlining lounge singer. While he’s looking for her, all sorts of seedy types are searching for both of them. There’s a crooked cop (Peter Green) out to kill Nicole before she can discover any more about the “suicide”; a bookie (Cathy Moriarty) who’s sent a couple of her goons to break Milo’s kneecaps for his outstanding debt; and a hapless girly-man in a lavender polo shirt (Jason Sudeikis) who’s in love with Nicole after a drunken office-party makeout session.
Movies like this should get in and out in 90 minutes. But here we’ve got 111 laugh-free minutes to kill, meaning lots of story to tell and eccentric supporting roles to service. But the character interaction, the story trajectory, the subplots and the chase scenes, none of them carry any weight. Stuff happens but is forgotten by the next edit. Nothing sticks. Director Andy Tennant (Hitch) does assemble some talented stock players, but they all drop from the sky, exit just as quickly and never feel part of the show. The heavy-handed soundtrack does make an attempt to get us through the ordeal. It plays constantly–I can’t recall a single moment of action or dialogue that isn’t underscored–and acts like a sitcom laugh track, cluing us into what’s supposed to be funny.
Butler’s character is a booze-loving, gambling big lump of an ex-cop and he doesn’t offer too much more in his performance, but Aniston makes up for it. Her performance as a feisty, but funny leading lady is great.
The Bounty Hunter is a romantic comedy thriller lacking in romance, humor, or intrigue. At best avoid!