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Killshot (2008/Genius DVD)

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: D†††† Film: C+

 

 

Mickey Rourke does his best to play another bad guy role in John Maddenís Killshot (2008), a crime thriller based on yet another Elmore Leonard book, this time involving Rourke as a deadly hitman who is back in the killing game and out to get a couple (Diane Lane, Thomas Jane) for being witnesses to a crime that is connected to gangster types.Along the way, our hitman picks up a young, ambitious criminal (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who joins him on his odyssey.

 

Despite some good actors and good ideas, Madden can only direct the material so well; the Hossein Aminiís screenplay adaptation is mixed and uneven, while Rourke essentially repeats his performance in Michael Ciminoís Desperate Hours remake from 1990, but with less effectiveness.Much is predictable here and I never bought Gordon-Levitt in his role, though he can act.Rosario Dawson shows up as his girlfriend, but she is not given much to do either.Except for being a profession filmmaking job, the film is one shot that misses the mark.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image has some good color and imaging, yet the lack of detail and is an issue and somewhat mars the often impressive work of Director of Photography Caleb Deschanel.The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is not bad, including ambient sound, but falls short with this older codec.There are no extras.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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