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).
Spoilt by the almost inevitable evolving and predictable romance. The plot is slow and the direction sloppy but there is a comic genius about Martin Freeman's performance. Bill Nighy is as usual wryly amusing. I have a problem with all of the Harry Potter child actors. They are all dreadful, why are they so popular? Grint's meager efforts are dwarfed by all especially Everett's who plays a minor role excellently. Emily Blunt is unnotable in her role as a capricious, amoral, thief. Generally a reasonable comedy though the 12 certificate is generous in view of the assassination scenes.
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Bill gets some romance at last.
- Wild Target review by NC
Good little Brit film. No weak links in chain as all parts played professionally. Flows along pretty tight. Bill is a bit old for Emily, but good luck to him.
Throw backs to when Eric Sykes was a hit man. Some vague character set-ups to Fish Called Wanda perhaps?