Boyd (Gerard Butler), a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, gets
his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping
ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly (Jennifer Aniston). He thinks
all that's ahead is an easy payday, but when Nicole gives
him the slip so she can chase a lead on a murder cover-up,
Milo realizes that nothing ever goes simply with him and Nicole.
The exes continually one-up each other – until they
find themselves on the run for their lives. They thought their
promise to love, honor and obey was tough – staying
alive is going to be a whole lot tougher.
speaking, "The Bounty Hunter" is no doubt another
piece of lazy filmmaking from Hollywood. Running at almost
two hours long, it’s pretty much a movie that tries
to dabble anything from romance to comedy to even action to
maximize the stars’ exposure rate. But sadly, that single
factor alone can’t really salvage this mess.
Jennifer Aniston plays Nicole Hurley, a workaholic
investigative reporter who is delving into a recent supposedly
suicide case or could it be due to the fact that she is trying
to get over her divorce, for she is the ex-wife to cop-turned-bounty
hunter, Milo Boyd (Gerald Butler). When Nicole skipped out
on her bail hearing, Milo is sent by his boss to bring her
in to the police much to his delight. But what the feuding
couple didn’t know was, a dangerous baddie is hot on
their trail including a pair of fumbling loan sharks who is
also after Milo.
You can actually see where this movie is
heading, two bickering couples after through some thick and
thin finally reconcile with a happy ending satisfying the
majority of the female demographics. Unfortunately, director
Andy Tennant chose the wrong script as the writing is a combination
of preposterous with a huge dosage of cheesiness and a drop
Butler practically embodies the whole bad boy image and I
believe smell like one too. The Scottish stud who has been
repeatedly playing the same role ever since he found success
with "300" is at his usual rugged self playing Milo
Boyd. Boyd drinks, gambles, boasts and perhaps notorious with
his hygiene in his less than a year marriage with Hurley.
And what on earth did this fine lady finds in this guy is
anyone guess. Thus they argue, bicker, cries, threatens each
other throughout the movie hoping the audience will eventually
find some connection to this relationship. I’m not a
romance guru for the record and I can tell why this pair-up
is already a disaster from the start.
gets worse when you are constantly bombarded by contemporary
pop songs including Sean Kingston’s "Fire Burning"
and Ke$ha’s "Tik Tok" just to name a few for
the soundtrack. Tennant’s forte is his romance movies
that include "Sweet Home Alabama", "Hitch"
and "Fool’s Gold" but right here, he seems
to be at a genuine loss so he just let his two stars run on
auto mode and insert an awful car chase in the middle of all
the bickering probably as a nod to producer Neal H. Moritz
(Fast & Furious).
the presence of two mega stars Jennifer Aniston and Gerald
Butler, "The Bounty Hunter" lacks a decent plotting
and funny moments to draw you in on the whole. Not to mention
the fact that it’s overly long and tedious. Quit the
yakking and show us some love.
SPECIAL FEATURES :
The main crew and cast members pat on each other’s
back going on and on saying how fun it is to make the movie
and how interesting the story is in the 17 minutes Making
"The Bounty Hunter".
Along The Road: Hunting Locations is actually a far
more entertaining feature than the movie. At least you get
to admire the fact that the filmmakers make an effort to go
around New York and Atlanta to shoot their movie instead of
for Outwitting a Bounty Hunter is a fluffy feature
that teaches you how to escape the claws of a Bounty Hunter.
Pretending to cry is one of them. Come again?
DVD transfer is natural and detailed though there isn’t
much to look forward to for the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.
This is not a particularly active and strong track even though
there are some action scenes in it. Dialogue is clear and the
pop songs are a blast if you are a fan.
by Linus Tee
Posted on 30 July 2010