Killshot (2008)
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  • What follows are a series of subsequent requests (from the FBI) for Colson to testify against Blackbird, however, this leads them right into the Witness Protection Program

    • by Stephen Filippelli
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      Starring: Diane Lane, Mickey Rourke, Thomas Jane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, and Hal Holbrook.

      Directed by: John Madden.

      Based on the 1989 novel Killshot by Elmore Leonard, the film adaptation of the same name is headed by John Madden who has put together a perfect cast to bring this to the silver screen. For those of you who don’t know, Killshot is about a married couple (played by Diane Liane and Thomas Jane) who have enrolled in the FBI’s


      Witness Protection Program in an attempt to hide from a mafia hitman (played by Mickey Rourke).

      It all starts when Carmen Colson (Lane), a real estate agent, gets a good glimpse at the hitman Blackbird (Rourke) while he is in the middle of conducting an assignment. What follows are a series of subsequent requests (from the FBI) for Colson to testify against Blackbird, however, this leads them right into the Witness Protection Program.

      But you see, Blackbird isn’t ...


      • the type of guy who is in favor of ‘loose-ends’ in his profession, so to speak, so he sets off to take care of Carmen and her husband. Aiding him in this criminal act is his new-found psychotic bank-robbing partner (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, best known for his role in 10 Things I Hate About You). However, Blackbird isn’t too fond of his new friend and actually poses somewhat of a threat to him, relationship-wise, as he
        draws attraction from Levitt’s unsatisfied girlfriend (played by Rosario Dawson).

        Killshot doesn’t feel like a particularly mainstream movie and that’s because it sure doesn’t play out like one. I personally have never read the original novel, but I do think the film stands pretty well in its very own right. Most of the cast (Lane, Jane, Rourke, Levitt, and Dawson) delivers accurate performances. Overall, Killshot feels somewhat like a small movie but it certainly doesn’t have a Hollywood ending.



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