REVIEW: The Bounty Hunter

Quite frankly, I was going to watch The Bounty Hunter for the same reason as I did for The Last Airbender andVampires Suck: they are three of the 5 films that were nominated Worst Picture at the 31st Golden Raspberry Awards as well as Sex And The City 2 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and I normally love watching crap films because I just laugh at their awfulness and I take great pleasure in ripping them apart when I get round to reviewing them later. No, The Bounty Hunter isn’t as painful to watch as the rest of the nominees were and I would possibly say that it is the best one but that doesn’t mean it was a good, enjoyable film.

What really confused me about The Bounty Hunter was that I kept asking myself as I was watching it “Is this a romantic comedy? Is this an action-romance? Is this an action-comedy?” and, to be honest, I wouldn’t really call it a comedy at all because it simply wasn’t funny. I wouldn’t even call it a romantic film because there is a huge difference between soppy chemistry between characters and serious love but in the case of The Bounty Hunter, it didn’t even act serious enough or even try to for people to take it seriously and feel the bond between the two leading characters. Yes, I realise that there are romantic comedies that do involve similar cases like this but we truly feel the bond between the characters a lot more in some of those films than we do in this one. I couldn’t help but feel the pretty damn obvious predictability of this film! I mean, after 5 minutes, I knew what was going to happen. Well, not every single second of speech but you know what I mean!

Yes, we know why Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler were cast in this film together as lovers: because they were lovers in real-life during the time that The Bounty Hunter was being made and let’s face it, a lot of the public would want them to star in a film together while they’re dating in real life (like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Mr. And Mrs. Smith). Jennifer Aniston is an overrated actress in my opinion and yes, she is hot but she really cannot act! I have liked her in roles such as Bruce Almighty and Along Came Polly but she was just awful in this film! I really wish that Milo Boyd had put her in jail after 5 minutes and just left her there because it would have done the film a favour! As for Gerard Butler, what the hell was he thinking?! Yeah, Gerard has that physique where he could be a badass character like he was in300 but in some ways, Gerard in this made me think a lot of Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock in Tooth Fairy! Gerard did star in a similar kind of film as The Bounty Hunter last year: The Ugly Truth which does look just as awful and like the most predictable film on this Earth. I mean, the bond between them isn’t love! It is just a pair of hopeless idiots, simple as. I mean, grown middle-aged adults asking for parents for advice on love?! A guy having to kidnap his ex-wife to go to “jail” and then they slowly fall for each other again?! Come on! Where are the brains of the screenwriter and director and even the actors who even decided to be part of this film anyway?

Andy Tennant is a director who’s films have not been recognized hardly at all except for Hitch and he does seem to go for the same kinds of films over and over again but doesn’t do very well with any of them, really, and I really think it will take a lot for him to be any worse than he already was at directing The Bounty Hunter. I don’t even think some of the action scenes were brilliantly filmed because as the shots kept changing, there were so many bloopers. Actually, I guess that is the fault of the editor than the director’s but the directing was still pretty bad. As for the way that The Bounty Hunter was written, it really was incredibly daft! I mean, one minute, it’s soppy romance then the next its a runaway chase then its soppy romance again! It was a pretty damn chaotic film to watch on occasions!

Overall, The Bounty Hunter is easily one of the cheesiest films that I think I have ever watched. Not in terms of effects obviously but when it comes to characters, acting, script and pretty much everything else, it is very cheesy! If they’re going to think of a soppy title, don’t think of a badass title like ”The Bounty Hunter” because only a badass action film with an actually decent storyline, strong characters and a solid script could pull that off. It is probably my favourite of the 5 2010 Razzie Worst Picture nominees but there is no denying that this is a really bad film that I think pretty much everybody hates.


~ by SJMJ91 on 21/05/2012.

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