The movie's rom-com angle disappoints.
Wikipedia tells me that a bounty hunter is the police force’s hired help. A bounty hunter captures fugitives for a monetary reward. Knowing that, when you go for a movie titled The Bounty Hunter, you expect fast-paced action, an intriguing plot, some gunfights, car chases… and the like. Well, The Bounty Hunter does have a little bit of that, but it is so overshadowed by a rom-com angle that the movie turns out to be a bitter disappointment. That said, if you go for it without any expectations, you might have a good time.
The Bounty Hunter, directed by Andy Tennant, stars Jennifer Aniston and Gerald Butler. The two have been involved in numerous link-up stories; Butler has been photographed grabbing a handful of Aniston’s butt (But-ler? Butt of course!), which all seems to be endeavors to hype up their film. Well, it’s worked. The Bounty Hunter is a curiously awaited movie. Well, affair or not, the two leads have terrific on-screen chemistry. Aniston and Butler look great together, he’s boorish and she’s graceful. Aniston is a very good actor, and Butler is decent enough to pass. The pair is one of the highlights of The Bounty Hunter, the others being its snazzy cinematography and rocking soundtrack.
The story is about Milo (Butler), a bounty hunter who has to get hold of his ex-wife Nicole (Aniston), a hot-shot reporter. They’ve been through a torrid divorce and Milo is ecstatic to have the opportunity of going one-up on Nicole by hauling her ass to jail. But Nicole is trying to solve a crime and is not in the mood to let Milo take her to jail. And thus begins a game of cat and mouse, with Milo and Nicole trying to outdo one another. Throw in a couple of goons, a quasi-mysterious suicide and a romance on the rocks and you get a predictable storyline with all kinds of twists and turns thrown in. And of course, very conveniently, everything falls into place and all is hunky-dory at the end.
It is the romantic angle to the story that disappoints the most. And it stalls the story in the latter part, just as it starts to get interesting. A run-of-the-mill romantic, philosophical 10-minute sequence does the movie more harm than good.
The Bounty Hunter is a romantic comedy, with a few laughs here and there, a just-about-okay story, and two actors that are very good to look at. Watch it if you want to, but if you miss it, you won’t be missing anything.
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