Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke, Edgar Ramirez, Delroy Lindo. Lucy Liu & Christopher Walken appear.
Cute young suburban woman (KK) becomes a tough, knife-throwing, gun-toting, numchucking bounty hunter. A second story of an armored car heist is intertwined with some good writing and editing. The movie would have earned an ‘A’ except the story collapses into incomprehensible chaos in the last 30 minutes. False bad guys appear, things start blowing up for no reason, and a guy gets his arm cut off because of a bad cell phone signal. What did they do, fire the writer at the last minute and start ad libbing? Completely nuts. Memorable photography, excellent editing, terrific music, good directing, costumes, and sets. KK has a cartoon character and no opportunity for acting. Rourke and Lindo are standouts. It’s a first class movie except for the flawed ending. (Note: Rated R for “pervasive language.” We can’t be having that!)