Movie review: ‘Mr. Right’

Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell in ‘Mr. Right’
Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell in ‘Mr. Right’

On paper, the action-comedy-thriller Mr. Right seems like it can’t go wrong.

Sam Rockwell is a chronically underrated actor, Anna Kendrick can do chipper with the best of them, and writer Max Landis penned the 2012 cult favorite Chronicle.

But wrong it goes. While Rockwell and Kendrick do have a breezy chemistry, it’s not enough to salvage this grating exercise in genre cliches.

Rockwell is Francis, a hit man with a heart of gold. He’s now turned his awesome, Jedi-mind-trick killing skills into a force for good, now only taking out those who hire him instead of the intended targets.

Kendrick is Martha, a young woman whose boyfriend cheats on her, sending her into a spiral of depression -- until she has a meet-cute moment with Francis at the condom-box display in a convenience store.

It’s love at first sight even though he has big problems: being pursued by a purported FBI agent (Tim Roth) as well as a squad of bad guys. Notably, one of them is played by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and another by James Ransone (Tangerine) who, like Rockwell, doesn’t get the roles he deserves.

Sure, it’s fun to see Rockwell and Kendrick pulling off action-movie moves but the action itself is underwhelming much as the comedy is tepid and the romance is stock. It seems that at least two wrongs do make a Mr. Right.

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Mr. Right

(out of five)

Director: Paco Cabezas

Cast: Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Tim Roth

Rated: R (violence, strong language)

Running time: 95 min.