2009 / Director. John Madden.
Elmore Leonard passed away last week and tonight I gave KILLSHOT a second chance. It didn't sit right with me the first time but I figured I wasn't in the right frame of mind and resigned myself to watching it again before I made my mind up. I haven't read Leonard's novel and I will assume that it's good... this movie isn't. Mickey Rourke plays a professional hitman who wants to leave the game, however, he is drawn into one last job. Teaming up with a low-life criminal (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) he needs to kill a husband and wife before he can finally retire. My biggest problem with this movie is that for such a seasoned professional he sure is shit as his job. Killing these two people ought to be easy and he's given plenty of opportunity to do so, but instead he bungles each moment. Instead of pulling his gun and blowing their heads off he engages in stupid banter or lets his dumbass apprentice cause a scene. What should have been a taught and gripping thriller builds itself up to a farcical comedy of errors. It's not supposed to be funny. I love Mickey Rourke but he's horribly miscast (as a native American WTF?) and Dianne Lane's talent is wasted. It is a shame, too, because its shot well and looks great.