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September 4, 2012

Netflix Pick of the Week: Wild Target

by Mariah Schaefer

Information:

  • British Action Comedy
  • Released 2010
  • 98 minutes
  • PG-13

Directed By:

  • Jonathan Lynn

Starring:

  • Bill Nighy
  • Emily Blunt
  • Rupert Grint
  • Rupert Everett
  • Martin Freeman

Based on the 1993 French movie Cible Émouvante, the action-packed comedy Wild Target is pure entertainment from beginning to end. Set in current-day London, the movie centers around Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy), a lonely professional hit man considered to be the ultimate killing machine. The fifty-four-year-old is hired to kill Rose (Emily Blunt), a young, lively thief that is completely out of control.

Rose sells a fake Rembrandt painting to a powerful man named Mr. Ferguson (Rupert Everett), who wants her dead after finding out that the painting isn’t the original and calls Victor to do the job. Victor could’ve easily taken Rose’s life away, but at the last second he doesn’t pull the trigger. As a result, his mother tells him he has ruined the reputation of their family business. She pressures him to apologize to Ferguson and do the hit for free.

When Maynard goes out again to kill young Rose, his day doesn’t exactly go as planned. He kills one of Mr. Ferguson’s two assistants sent out to assassinate Rose, and she hires him to provide her round-the-clock protection. They meet Tony (Rupert Grint) along the way, who saves them from the second assistant and becomes Victor’s apprentice.

The three of them set off in an adventure to keep Rose from being assassinated. To be able to do that, they need to get out of town and go live in Victor Maynard’s isolated countryside mansion. That is the only way to be completely safe from Mr. Ferguson, for he has hired Hector Dixon (Martin Freeman), Victor’s archenemy, who will do anything to finish the task Mr. Maynard wasn’t able to complete.

Watch the movie here.

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