How can one review a movie when one already knows that the movie is going to be bad? Well, I always go in with no expectations and I usually allow a movie to instill my emotions. Such is the case when I gave “The Bounty Hunter” a rent. I know it was going to be a mediocre watch at best (it bombed in the box-office), but since I think Jennifer Aniston is pretty hot even in her 40‘s, I decided to give it a try. I knew that all I was going to get from the film was the assured sex appeal of Jennifer Aniston but I still felt that I wasted my time watching it. God, how this movie needed a different director.
Nicole (Jennifer Aniston) is a journalist who has received a tip about a hot story that involves a mysterious suicide. Unfortunately, this tip comes at a very awkward time, as Nicole is due in court to address another matter. She skips out on the hearing to meet with her ‘snitch’ which in turn results with a warrant for her arrest. Enter Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler) a former cop turned bounty hunter who gets assigned to bring in Nicole for skipping on her bail. Milo is also Nicole’s ex-husband….boy, this is such a dream. Catching your ex and taking her to jail. But things get more complex, as the story Nicole is running threatens to endanger them both; there is also the creepy stalker (Jason Sudeikis) who is just so obsessed with Nicole’s good looks.
“The Bounty Hunter” is directed by the director of “Hitch” and “Sweet Home Alabama”, Andy Tennant. The man has some hits under his belt so I thought maybe that the movie wasn’t as bad but for some reason, I just couldn’t connect with the film. This film relies on a simple formula; romance, a crime caper that should exude major sexy charisma throughout. For some reason, it just doesn’t work. I guess the director was just stuck in limbo that he threw in the set ups for laughs but lacked the timing or efficiency for those laughs to actually become funny. I smiled at some scenes but I never laughed; it sure is also a little bad when you direct with a ‘cartoonish’ style but you just couldn’t get the viewer to get into the ‘cartoonish’ humor. It also doesn't help the movie much when the script is so predictable that it telegraphs the key points of its narrative.
The plot does try to add some intricacies, such as the suicide, Milo’s gambling issues, and Nicole’s stalker; but for some reason, I just really didn’t care about all that since they weren’t developed as part of the main plot between Milo and Nicole. It seems like those elements were just there to make the movie longer and it does; the set ups feel really manufactured, the scenes feel quite forced and unnecessary. It would’ve been a better idea if they took those subplots and actually made them a strong part of the development of its two main characters. But nope, the direction goes to depend on the chemistry between Aniston and Butler, and the bad guys just get in the way of the childish ‘staring contests‘.
Yes, Aniston is very sexy (she looks awesome for a 40+ year old woman) and my lady friends say Butler is also sexy (this, I have no opinion of). But the problem is, despite their sex appeals, the two never connects as ‘sexy’. Much of the movie is about Nicole and Milo trying to outwit each other, they seem to act like two kids arguing as to whose fault it was why they got divorced and when the time does come that they should begin to connect as sexual partners, they act like spoiled children. I know, perhaps this was the direction’s intention, but note to Hollywood: be smart sexy, not annoying sexy. Aniston and Butler are capable performers, but they just weren’t guided by a steady hand in its direction. The film has a simple plot, how can you mess it up?
So, amid all the gunplay, all the innuendoes and all the humor, I find myself not caring about “The Bounty Hunter”. A film like this can succeed with the ability to make its viewers swoon and revel in the adventure; but it just couldn’t do this simple thing. The love story couldn’t stay erect and the humor overstays its welcome. There is just no heat in the film and it is a vital thing for beautiful folks with petty issues.
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Jennifer Aniston is looking a little tired these days. Fortunately for her though, the attempted humour in her latest starring vehicle, The Bounty Hunter, is infinitely more unoriginal than she is, so you don’t necessarily notice her worry lines so much. I don’t really blame her for worrying though. There is no way she could have been making this movie and thinking it was actually going to turn out well. I’m sure it sounded great when … more
Based on its plot, The Bounty Hunter would seem like another Mr & Mrs Smith [Blu-ray] - a married couple at each others' throats - literally. However, it doesn't work nearly as well. Frankly, for a romantic comedy, there's not much romance or comedy.The twists and turns aren't very exciting. Jennifer Anniston's acting is lifeless. As a movie, it's not horrible viewing, but I wouldn't recommend it.
The Bounty Hunter is an action-romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant, starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. The story centers on a bounty hunter (Butler) hired to retrieve his ex-wife (Aniston), who has skipped bail. The film was released in the United Kingdom and United States on March 19, 2010.