The perfect scenario for winding down involves a romcom, a huge tub of pop-corn and a giant coke. After the promos one would definitely expect that when tucking in to watch ‘The Bounty Hunter‘. Alas, I walked out in the same state of mind as I was while walking in.
Nicole Hurley (Jennifer Aniston). Profile: Hot, blonde, career-oriented Investigative Reporter, genes inherited from a showgirl Mother, emotionally ‘shut down’. Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler), Profile: Bounty Hunter. Tall, beefy, messy ex-cop, beer-guzzling glutton. Relationship Status: Divorced. From each other.
Currently Milo is pursuing Nicole for reasons more grave than romance. He’s on the job to get her behind bars for skipping her bail hearing in court. The cat and mouse game becomes more dangerous as the suicide story Nicole is working on unfolds. There are cops, tattooed criminals and goons who are an excuse for gangsters. The duo get sucked in as they try to solve the mystery. There is a little romance injected into the plot when the two aren’t busy ‘driving each other crazy’.
The show girl mother adds a bit of glamor and makes it interesting with her dirty mind. A desperate, soppy colleague of Nicole’s who mistakes a drunken smooch for a relationship is funny, but only because he is so depressingly disillusioned.
The jokes are stale, the romance half-hearted and the action child’s-play. They could have taken it up a notch but seems like it wasn’t worth the effort. All the rumors about the lead pair dating are hard to believe when the chemistry falls flat.
Aniston says, “It may not be as bad as it looks” and Butler retorts,”It’s always what it looks like”. I beg to differ. The packaging is great but the goodies aren’t up to par.
Contributed by Raashi Malhotra