Jan 302006
 

The Matador (2005)

A globetrotting hitman and a crestfallen businessman meet in a hotel bar in Mexico City in an encounter that draws them together in a way neither expected.

Directed by
Richard Shepard

Genres
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cast
Pierce Brosnan, Arlin Miller, Jonah Meyerson, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Adam Scott, Portia Dawson, Roberto Sosa, Antonio Zavala, Ramon Alvarez, Philip Baker Hall, Carolyn Horwitz, Jorge Robles, Hanny S?enz, Gabriela Goldsmith

The delivery of some very humorous rude lines by Pierce Brosnan is alone worth the price of admission. He plays a kind of “James Bond’s psycho twin brother”, separated at birth, no doubt. As an intense hit-man, his character is very sexual but even better, very funny. Add the kind-hearted, uber-likable American “guy next door’, Greg Kinnear, to set up contrast. The myriad locations, vivid colors, and quick-witted humor provide great entertainment. Hope Davis is well cast as the “gem of a wife”. But the focus of the film is on the two fellows, a new “Odd Couple”, and that’s the part that works very well. Have a great (probably R-rated) laugh, and look for the places where the story goes a little deeper.

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