Starring Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt & Rupert Grint, directed by Jonathan Lynn
Victor (Nighy) is an assassin who lives to please his formidable mother. His professional routine is interrupted when he is drawn to one of his intended victims, Rose (Blunt). He spares her life, unexpectedly acquiring a young apprentice, Tony (Grind). As his new companions tag along, things become messy as Rose has her own ideas on how things should pan-out, leaving the love-struck Victor and his apprentice to pick up the pieces. This film, in all honesty, should have been this year’s BritCom hit. Afterall the pedigree of the actors is undeniable and they do do a good job. But the first half of the film is a little stunted by platitudes and clichés. That said, it is a thoughrouly enjoyable romp, especially in the second half, and well worth the 1 ½ hours of your time on a wintery cold evening.
Verdict: Superb cast battling with a somewhat under average script, but the end result is enjoyable nonetheless. ***