The dark satiric elements of this film are terrific - equating the
moral emptiness of a hit man's career with the moral emptiness of
modern America is spot on. And the guts to make a comedy full of witty
banter and harsh killing is worth admiring. There are also few moments
where Cusack's killer's humanity comes through, and the movie becomes
But there are also moments, and performances that feel arch and pushed,
jokes that get told one too many times, motivations that are vague, and
Hollywood coincidences. The romance at the center with Minnie Driver,
while having charming bits, never feels very grounded, and the ending
feels like a bit of an easy cop-out.
The film is quite good, bravely odd and dark for a Hollywood film. and
fun, but it sets you up expecting much more of a 'Dr. Strangelovian'
impact than it ultimately has.