WILD TARGET (12A)
WILD TARGET (12A)
THIS British comedy caper is a real romp on the big screen, and one you simply cannot help getting swept away with.
Bill Nighy stars as Victor Maynard, a meticulous, lethally efficient, middle-aged and unmarried assassin, considered to be the best, having followed in the family business – but still remains under the thumb of his domineering mother (played brilliantly by Eileen Atkins).
In contrast, Emily Blunt is the reckless, flamboyant and free-spirited thief Rose, aiming for the ultimate art con.
After copying a real Rembrandt, she hands the fake version to art-loving gangster Ferguson (Rupert Everett), who makes a phone call to Victor as soon as he realises he’s been duped.
Victor sets out to perform the deadly hit in a car park, but as he stalks her movements, gets outraged by her random light-fingered thieving, then shocked by her sensuality and finds himself unable to kill her, despite the threat it could bring to the family’s reputation.
Dismayed at Victor’s inability to “dispose” of Rose, Ferguson sends out his own bodyguard to carry out the job instead - only for Victor to be the knight in shining armour and protect his intended target Rose, who is under the mistaken impression he is an “undercover” private investigator.
What’s more, Tony (Rupert Grint) finds himself caught up in the commotion and puts himself down for an apprenticeship with the contract killer.
As the unlikely trio go on the run from Ferguson’s heavies including a poloneck-wearing hitman Dixon (Martin Freeman), cue car chases and fast drives down country lanes in a Mini.
Grint fans will relish the scenes, and there are quite a few, where he is seen without a top.
Performances from the cast cannot be faulted, with Blunt’s gloriously gregarious laughter taking over the screen, as does her on-screen rapport with Nighy’s buttoned-up hitman.
Atkins’ power is felt beyond her scenes, and Grint proves he is more than Harry Potter’s trusty sidekick Ron Weasley.
STAR RATING: ***