The Bounty Hunter (2010)

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There are some things that just cannot be explained by finer minds than mine: life, the universe and everything. And Gerard Butler. In what parallel universe did casting agents, producers and directors decide that he should have a screen career? Ho hum. So this starts very promisingly with his ex-wife, reporter Jennifer Aniston, in the boot of his car. There’s a bounty on her head because she skipped a court appearance to chase a lead on a story that leads to crooked cops after a drugs haul. And he’s the guy stuck with bringing her in. Then we flash back to the previous 24 hours and as they unroll with chases, murder attempts and a kidnapping, the former couple’s relationship is revisited, revised and a whole lotta injuries are unleashed among a very fun cast:¬† Jason Sudeikis, Peter Greene, Cathy Moriarty, Christine Baranski, Jeff Garlin and Carol Kane. Sometimes the ingredients in a film just don’t quite mesh, but this didn’t deserve the bad press, even if Gerard Butler is the co-star. Stick with it!

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Domino (2005)

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The story of gorgeous film star Laurence Harvey’s model turned bounty hunter daughter was always going to attract attention. Written by Richard Kelly on screenplay duties for director Tony Scott (late, lamented) this is told in an exhilarating style. ¬†Scott had known Harvey for 12 years at the point that it went into production. The business with her father (clips from The Manchurian Candidate) is dealt with early on and the date of his death and other aspects are fabricated; while her mother (Jacqueline Bisset) participates in the decision to make a reality show when Domino has made her name in the bounty game. There are digressions about race (hilarious), prison, guns, nunchucks… you name it.The pity is that its subject did not survive to see it, dying of a painkiller overdose while trying to clear her name of drug trafficking.