Elbow M. Says Bounty Hunter Doesn't Get Job Done

Milo Boyd, a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife.

This film has two things going for it: Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston. In fact, the movie itself has two major personalities – neither of which are Aniston and Butler. Take a formula buddy-cop flick...then take a formulaic romantic comedy and (WHAMMO!) slap them together for a hybrid-genre, highly-formulaic, romantic buddy cop film.

One of the dedicated purposes of Movie Geek Feed (as Eric explained to me) is to provide reviews for action movies (as well as horror, fantasy, and animated movies). The problem here is that there’s not a whole lot of action in this movie. Well, at least not outside of Jennifer Aniston dressing like she’s on her way to a decadent nightclub (even though she’s just going to work). And there was really some potential for a lot of action here...but they let it slip away in favor of the weak romantic interaction of the film's two main characters.

I feel compelled to admit that I’m no fan of Aniston. That might be the reason why I saw nothing compelling in her performance here. There’s nothing in the chemistry between her and Butler that makes me believe the two were ever romantically involved – let alone ready to re-kindle the old flame. And there’s even less in Aniston’s acting that would make me believe she could be a successful news reporter.

There’s some good-hearted fun in this, notably from Stewart (played by Jason Sudeikis) and even a small handful of laughs. But the story wastes too much time trying to get the viewer to believe these two people actually have something deeper (emotionally) to share.

On a technical note: Large portions of the film seem bleached out or overcome by a misplaced yellow filter. Not really sure if it was a problem in the theatre or with the film itself, but it was weird and very distracting...almost as distracting as the numerous (yet highly unnecessary) close-ups of Christine Baranski, who plays Aniston’s mother. Her horrific face, which seems trashed from what I can only assume to be a series of unfortunate facelifts, is forced upon you in a way that scarcely befits her minor (and perplexing) relevance in the film.

When all is said and done, some people might find The Bounty Hunter entertaining – but probably only because it manages not to offend them in any significant way. (Review by Elbow Murderpants from Bien Agiter!)