RARA-AVIS: Killshot

From: zbleck (zoebleck@gmail.com)
Date: 11 Jun 2009

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    Moved Killshot to the top of my queue based on comments here...

    have to say, I was disappointed. It was a dreary, sordid & listless movie--and not in a good way. I've read the Leonard book, and it followed the plot pretty well--as someone here mentioned, it's fairly simple, so ideal for film.

    the most damaging change from the book was the relationship of the Colsons--in the book it was the strength of their relationship that allowed them to beat the baddies--in the film they were separated & childless. There was only edginess and stress in their interactions--no teamwork, or connection.

    There was an additional thread in the novel about an inept and sexually predatory Marshall who was in charge when they were in Witness Protection that added to the sense of jeopardy--too bad this was missing in the film.

    I don't think the casting was great--but it could have been direction or editing that killed this film--watching, I had the feeling that the director was just getting through the story rather than pulling the viewer in, involving the audience in the story--I really didn't care much for or about the Colsons in the film, so there wasn't a whole lot of suspense.

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