The Bounty Hunter

2010-04-05 13:18
 
The Bounty Hunter

What it's about:

Milo 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 realises 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 that their promise to love, honour and obey was tough, but staying alive is going to be a whole lot tougher.

What we thought:

Jennifer Aniston fans know that she’s one of those actresses who’s a pleasure just to watch. She may not have very many expressions, but she has the most beautiful skin in the business, especially when contrasted with Gerard Butler’s very manly roughness. That guy makes sun damage cool all over again.

Add to that passably entertaining characters – Jennifer plays an investigative reporter – and an amusing scenario in which love and hate are hard to separate, and you’ve got a recipe for sexual tension that’s only heightened by plot twists and (I won’t lie) the constant hope that you’ll actually get to see Jen and Gerard naked.

Although their off-screen romance was faked – a shameless publicity stunt – their on-screen romance is surprisingly believable.

Most of the humour derives from the horrible things the divorced couple do to each other, or from the embarrassment their relationship causes them and those around them. Their mutual inability to be well-behaved members of society makes them more likeable than most plastic Hollywood lovers tend to be.

But after all that, this movie is nothing special, and misses the opportunity to take a gritty, quirky approach to the storytelling. It’s not a bad accompaniment to an artery-hardening box of popcorn, but you’ll get more of a thrill from the average episode of a good HBO TV series, and waste less time in the process. 


A fake romance usually masks a terrible movie, but Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler’s rom-com is a bearable Mr and Mrs Smith meets True Lies.

Shaolin Star 2010/04/06 8:30 AM
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I think its a great movie for first dates...so punks and punkees...if you got no clue on how to hypnotise your partner..roll with this movie, the setting will ease tension and make u might end up getting sum!
Sharon 2010/04/08 12:02 PM
I think it is the worst movie Anniston ever did, I tried so hard staying awake and waiting for that exciting moment which never came,as for Butler he is terrible,catch a wake up Jen, you are a good actress, your choices are bad though....
Simone 2010/04/08 12:14 PM
This one's going straight to the Razzies, Come Jen you are a good actress, you and Butler just dont have that spark.....
Sam 2010/04/12 11:28 AM
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HORRIBLE! I was so embarrased to have been the one to have chosen this movie for a first date. My date was bored to tears but he sat through the movie and endured! Really not worth the price of a ticket!
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