Wild Target

Even the most heartless killers need companionship. Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy) was born and raised a ruthless assassin. He never cared for the frivolities of normal life that included friends, family, or material commodities. His life consisted of hits and returning to a life of solitude, except for the occasional visit to his retired assassin mother until Mr. Maynard finds the one hit, Rose (Emily Blunt), he can’t seem to shake, in Wild Target.


Rose is a young woman using her feminine capabilities and slightly kleptomaniacal habits to survive in the petty crime world. She bites off a little more than she can chew when she double-crosses the art-loving Ferguson (Rupert Everett). Mr. Maynard is hired to kill Rose, but finds himself protecting her and adopting a stray apprentice, Tony (Rupert Grint).

From the beginning, Target displays a calm, quirky attitude towards Maynard’s murders and Rose’s manipulation. This attitude keeps the entire film light-hearted and fun. Nighy, Blunt and Grint are such an odd trio that their chemistry, at times, doesn’t fit their characters’ personalities, but it works for the film. Rose develops an almost Stockholm-esque appreciation for Mr. Maynard that is truly bizarre considering Nighy’s stern performance, but turns out to be relatively endearing. Tony is the most confusing character since not a whole lot of time is spent on his development from street wanderer to assassin apprentice. Regardless, Grint brings his typical doofy charm that adds some humor to the proceedings.

Most of the laugh-out-loud moments arise from the relationships between henchmen and bosses. Ferguson’s goon, Mike, is consistently making mistakes leading to his increasing number of injuries. Yet, at every chance, Ferguson (hilariously portrayed by Everett) shows his disdain and disgust towards Mike for almost no reason at all. Once Maynard fails to complete his task, Ferguson hires another assassin, Hector Dixon (Martin Freeman). Dixon and his goon have a hilarious relationship considering Fabian (Dixon’s aid) is an absolute buffoon. Freeman’s facial expressions are extremely cheesy, like his smile, making every interaction between Dixon and Fabian entertaining.

In the end, Target benefits from a wonderful cast that makes every character bizarre, funny, and interesting. You get the feeling everyone had a good time actually making the film, which shows and allows you to enjoy it even more. It’s a great film to watch and enjoy that will leave you in a good mood.

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