One For The Money - Review
Review of the recently released feature film One For The Money starring Katherine Heigl and Jason O'Mara.
One For The Money
Films based on book franchises do not always work out well , everyone wants to have their book series become epic and successful, border lining on legendary, like the Harry Potter or Twilight series but sometimes moving to a different media format is not always successful . More often than not the film adaptation fails to hit the mark they were aiming for and sometimes it depends on the writing, sometimes it depends on the lead actor, and in this case, it depends on both. Janet Evanovich created the book “One For The Money” which is what this film is based on, it’s the first entry in a book trilogy series, the film is directed by Julie Ann Robinson and stars Katherine Heigl as her fictional character creation, “Stephanie Plum.”
The basic rundown of this film (and this book series) follows the life of Stephanie Plum, who is currently broke, out of a job, divorced and down in the dumps. However, things perk up when her cousin Vinnie (Patrick Fischler) offers her a job at his bail bonds office as a bounty hunter. Plum has zero experience, training or work with weapons or this kind of job but still, she is eager to try it out and becomes more eager when her first assignment is to track down an old lover who is wanted for murder and currently out on bail; Joe Morelli (Jason O’Mara). Unfortunately, their relationship isn’t dead just yet, but Plum and Morelli may just be as they soon discover a deeper case is emerging, one involving witnesses dying, meddling families, and lots of bullets and cars exploding.
I am not familiar with the Stephanie Plum series of books and am sure that fans of the books will find some joy in watching this film but frankly the film falls flat – it’s almost as if this has been designed to give Katherine Heigl’s career a quick boost but unfortunately fails if that was the plan . Heigl just does not fit for this role or this film, the viewer never really cares about what has happened to her and she doesn’t convince as a “nice girl turned badass” Bounty Hunter . After a while you find that you are looking at your watch to see when the film is going to end – you know how the story will end and there is no plot development , no engagement with the characters to hold your interest .
In summary this is a poor effort – I am sure that a quick release to DVD soon beckons – not recommended .