The Bounty Hunter (2010) [Blu-ray]
|Genre(s): Action / Comedy / Crime / Romance|
|Sony || PG13 - 111 minutes - $38.96 || July 13, 2010|
|Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-07-05|
Writer(s): Sarah Thorpe (written by)
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Christine Baranski
Theatrical Release Date: March 19, 2010
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I’m not entirely who should be embarrassed by the romantic-comedy/mystery film, The Bounty Hunter: Gerard Butler or Jennifer Aniston. Many like to point out Aniston as her post “Friends” career has had more downs than ups, quality-wise anyway – and I don’t count Bruce Almighty since that was a Jim Carrey vehicle at the height of his stardom –, but one cannot easily dismiss Butler who somehow has taken his career from a bad ass kicker in 300 to fluffy leads in romantic comedies. His first of 2010 was The Ugly Truth. I can offset that movie for his macho performances in Gamer and even Law Abiding Citizen, but his latest attempt at the rom-com genre falls flat once again (and here I thought he learned from P.S. I Love You).
The premise behind The Bounty Hunter seemed clever and funny enough: ex-cop turned bounty hunter Milo Byrd (BUTLER) is in need of cash and when the latest bail jumper gets handed to him by his boss (JEFF GARLIN who is criminally underused), things are looking up as he is assigned to track down and jail... his ex-wife and newspaper reporter, Nicole (ANISTON) after she failed to show up for a hearing after she had an assault arrest; the punch line to that story/joke, however, was really lame.
What turns from what Milo thought would be an easy $5,000 to bring his ex to jail turns into a journey as she is on a hot story surrounding a suicide that looks like it was a murder to cover something up from within the police force. So, even when Milo manages to get Nicole in his grasp, others are in pursuit – including individuals after Milo for gambling debts – to silence Nicole.
Misadventures, fighting and total eclipse (and reconnection) of the heart follow suit.
As I was saying before, I’m not sure what’s going on with Gerard Butler and his choices of roles in the past year or two. I respect that he wants to expand his resume beyond the action/fantasy genre but after two failed attempts in the romance comedy and drama, and a third one with this film, perhaps he should wait for a great script because the latest ones have, quite frankly, stunk. Of course, to be fair, even the best actor couldn’t overcome the material featured in The Bounty Hunter and The Ugly Truth.
In regards to Jennifer Aniston, I’ve always liked her even during my on and off viewing of “Friends” but her movie career hasn’t been very impressive despite a few decent performances. For instance, although the independent movie Management wasn’t anything special, she and co-star Steve Zahn both had the charisma to carry the film. Unfortunately when you do get a poor screenplay and a one-dimensional character, things won’t turn out too well and Aniston is worse for it even though I cannot place the blame for this debacle on her.
The larger issue goes beyond the choices made by Aniston and Butler or how capable of actors either are but it is a combination of poor casting as neither of them have any sort of on-screen chemistry and a script that doesn’t have anything going for it. The comedy aspect isn’t very funny, the mystery is uninteresting and the romance is contrived.
The Bounty Hunter was directed by Andy Tennant who is proudly advertised as the director of Hitch which was only good thanks to its star Will Smith. Tennant is also responsible for the bad romantic action-adventure, Fool’s Gold. The movie was directed by Sarah Thorpe who previously scripted the thriller Twisted with Ashley Judd and episodes of “Hawthorne”.
movieIQ – This is Sony’s Blu-ray staple feature where, while watching the movie, can access various information about the cast and crew (basically IMDb on your Blu-ray player). Obviously you must have your player connected to the Internet (and Profile 2.0 compliant) for this to work, but if you don’t have either, you’re not missing anything. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
Making The Bounty Hunter (17:43; HD) – The cast and crew explain what drew them to the script, while also talking about the plot, in this typical making-of featurette with behind-the-scenes footage.
Stops Along the Road: Hunting Down Locations (11:22; HD) is another self-explanatory featurette this time on the locations featured in the film. Members of the crew talk about this being more like a road picture and how they coordinate with the state of New York for the filming on the freeway and other locales.
Last is Rules for Outwitting a Bounty Hunter (1:21; HD) that is a joke outlining how to outwit a bounty hunter via clips from the film; a BD-Live portal and a Digital Copy (both ** Blu-ray Exclusives **).
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
The Bounty Hunter is presented with a 2.35 aspect ratio and in 1080p high-definition. The picture isn’t anything special but the detail levels on the faces and background objects look good while flesh tones seemed to be just right; I noticed no signs of pixilation or other deficiencies. While the picture does look good it’s not exactly an amazing looking high-def video transfer.
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is also nothing fancy either. The film does have plenty of gunfire during the second and third acts and there’s also a few key pop songs, “Fire Burning” by Sean Kingston and “Your Love is My Drug” by Ke$ha, that spring up from time to time including the opening and end credits and make the most use of the rear channels. Dialogue, via mainly the center speaker, is easy to understand and never fluctuates too low or too high.
There’s nothing more to say other than that you can skip this romantic-comedy-mystery. I don’t think this movie is a statement on how good Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler are but together they shared no chemistry but at the same time are not helped by a half-baked script.