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Wild Target [Blu-ray] (2010)

Bill Nighy , Rupert Grint  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Nighy, Rupert Grint, Martin Freeman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004H4AD1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Take dead aim at action-packed laughs with this killer comedy featuring an all-star cast. Emily Blunt steals the show as Rose, a free-spirited thief who finds herself in the cross hairs of a world-class assassin named Victor (Bill Nighy). But when Victor spares Rose’s life, the lonely hearted hitman sets off an outrageous chain of events that turn both their worlds upside down. Joined by a gun-toting apprentice (Rupert Grint), the unlikely trio teams up to thwart the murderous intentions of Victor’s unhappy client.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The hitman cometh, the hitman goeth February 16, 2011
Format:DVD
WILD TARGET (2009) is one of the most enjoyable, relaxing and hilarious films I have ever seen. The British have a way with this kind of black comedy that we have yet to perfect, though we try.

The legendary assassin Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy in yet another cool-as-a-cucumber role of a lifetime) is reaching a midlife crisis. He falls for his latest hit, young swindler Rose (Emily Blunt in a role that actually fits her well). As she throws him off his game initially, he begins to like her immensely.

A fateful encounter in a parking garage introduces them to each other and to Tony (a sweet Rupert Grint), a bisexual pothead garage attendant who saves first the life of Rose, then Victor. They flee together, and a sort of sweet madness ensues.

It is not what you'd expect, and were it not for occasional foul scenes (which we can bear with a guffaw) I'd recommend such caliber of comedy for children. Sadly, black comedy of this caliber is not for children's innocent eyes. But here I'll leave this fantastic film, for you to discover and judge.

The cast is rounded out by crooked art collector Ferguson (Rupert Everett, appearing apparently because he needs the work) and the immortal Aileen Atkins as Victor's former-assassin mother and first teacher. (In a bit of a snit, she excoriates Victor for his crisis: "A Beretta! The gun of princes! For your SEVENTH birthday!") Also moving to me was Victor's white cat Snowy, who has the most wonderful MEOW.

With all the great talent here and others whose names I'm too tired to mention, I have to say a word about Rupert Grint. Rupert's a handsome, rising star with a flair for sweetness, drama and comedic skills I have often compared to those of Buster Keaton.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie, good Blu February 5, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Bill Nighy has a following in my store no matter what the film's theme is, and in this case he plays his age and character beautifully.

The story follows an aging hit man revered as the best at what he does, but an assignment to snuff a young klepto/con-artist played adequately by Ms. Blunt goes awry and the fun begins. It is like a bumbling Stooges act for the middle of the film as he decides to protect her instead, while also apprenticing a hapless young man. Nighy's mom is a little over-the-top by Eileen Atkins who I last saw in the nice film Evening, and the remaining cast is average to overly cheesy. The comedy tried to be dark as the body count goes up, but Nighy carries this overall without letting it get too slapstick.

The Blu specs are solid as the picture is clear, so much so that the background failings can be obvious (can see the rain outside nearby windows when they are trying to make it look sunny, crew reflections, etc.) and the DTS is mixed nicely. The car chase scenes are where the channels get used the most and it surrounds you just right. Unfortunately though Fox once again dumps this BD with nothing extra. The "On Target with Emily Blunt" lasts a few minutes and is immediately forgettable. You really want to have there be a making of documentary or commentary as quite a few questions come up about the production (why he holds the gun in such an obscure way throughout the film, locations, etc). 3.5 for the film and .5 for the Blu specs. Region coded A with English language only and subs in same. A light comedy that does not take itself too seriously, enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny August 17, 2011
By Sam M.
Format:DVD
I came across this as a complete lark, but found it well-made, well-acted, and pretty funny. The premise is great (what if the best assassin fell in love with one of his targets), and the character development is great.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable...For The Right Crowd September 11, 2011
Format:DVD
I haven't enjoyed a movie this much since who knows. It's quick, fresh, excellently written/acted/directed, and stars three of my favorite British actors (Nighy, Blunt, and Grint).

There are no outright jokes, but there doesn't need to be - the story itself is funny, and so are the characters. This flick doesn't need cheap one-liners to get laughs. You'll be giggling and snickering the whole way.

That being said, this is *dark humor*. Light-hearted dark humor, to be exact. It's unapologetic, doesn't take a moment to be serious, and certainly isn't meant to be any kind of morality tale. Check your scruples at the door if you want to be entertained. Be prepared to find constant kills, thievery, gay undertones, and cat murder, funny - because it is. Here.

Bottom line, if you can deal, it's an absolute MUST SEE. I can't wait to watch it a second time.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Playing murder for laughs March 8, 2011
Format:DVD
Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy) is an erudite, posh gentleman who also happens to be a professional hit man. Hired to terminate Rosie (Emily Blunt), a pretty young thief, he instead falls for her. On the run from the men who hired him, they are accompanied by a confused stoner (Rupert Grint) as they hide out till the coast is clear.

I always enjoy the wonderful Bill Nighy and he has many witty scenes early on; unfortunately, none of them are shared with Blunt or Grint. Blunt's character is thoroughly unlikable and she has no romantic chemistry with Victor; Grint's drifter serves no purpose in the story, he's awkward, and mumbles his dialogue. The film starts out promising enough as we watch Victor alone, but once the three come together it's absurd and silly.

This is an okay rental, just don't expect big laughs or a plausible script.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Target, the movie!
Fan of the actors, loved the crazy original story, have watched it several times since I bought it, and more viewings to come!
Published 1 day ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, hilarious fun from all the characters. We couldn't stop laughing.
Published 7 days ago by laxjoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Left Me In Stitches
I could not stop laughing when I saw this movie. Everyone plays a great part and the random calls from his mother get me everytime.
Published 26 days ago by BrownRiceBunny
5.0 out of 5 stars ... saw this movie a couple of years ago and loved it. It is so quirky...
I saw this movie a couple of years ago and loved it. It is so quirky and Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy are so lovable. I finally tracked the DVD down so I could own it.
Published 28 days ago by SK Cromwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful British humor.
Absolutely fabulous! One of my favorite movies now. Bill Nighy is delightful as a OCT assassin and Emily Blunt is beautiful and clever as the crazy clepto. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A funny movie interlaced with some good ole' British humor.
Published 1 month ago by Michelle Lee Alberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked this movie from the beginning. It was very good.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Barnaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent British humor.
Published 1 month ago by David P.
2.0 out of 5 stars Considering All-Star Cast, Quite a Disappointment
WILD TARGET. 2010, PG. In this all-star 98-minute British romantic/comedy/crime flick, 54-year old veteran hitman Victor Maynard, (Bill Nighy), solitary at the top of his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie De Pue
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet, British movie
"Wild Target" is a delightful, humorous, sweet, British movie. I knew nothing about it but bought it on the strength of the cast. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LD
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