Review: The Bounty Hunter

The Bounty Hunter | Andy Tennant, 2010

There are times when I don’t watch a movie for intellectual stimulation, but rather for silly fun. I expect a couple of laughs or a couple of decent action scenes, but nothing else. The Bounty Hunter is one of the movies that I expected would be like this. I mean, it is from the director of Hitch, a silly but fun movie and it starred Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, two decent actors that are capable of carrying a movie. The critics said it was bad, but I didn’t listen, I mean it had to have at least one genuinely funny scene. But it didn’t. The critics were right; this is a piece of crap.

The ads for this made it look that it was about the foolishness that is caused when a bounty hunter has to catch his ex and take her to jail. But the truth is that there is much more than that going on. Nicole (Aniston) is a reporter and she is supposed to be writing a story about a cop who committed suicide. But it all seems fishy, so she decides to snoop around. One thing leads to another, and she has to hide from a killer. Milo (Butler), meanwhile has to hide from the henchmen of a loan shark.

So, yeah it’s not just about what the ads say. There is so much going on with the story that it goes on for much longer that it had to. Add to that the fact that the direction is horrible and the editing doesn’t help with making time feel faster, and you’ve got one of the worst movies of the year. I mean, I could seriously see a movie about a man taking his wife to jail working. But first off, her crime is not even that bad. Second, all the stuff that is going on is not necessary at all. They spend so much time on the relationship stuff that when the other things come about I couldn’t help but think, “oh, that still is going on.” They could have easily shaved about 20 minutes and it would have been better.

By the end there was nothing redeeming about The Bounty Hunter. Its so bad that I can’t even write a review of my usual length. Aniston and Butler could have made it charming but they are not even trying. They are just there for the paycheck, and it shows. I hope that they find something better to do with their talent.

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