Matador, The (2005, USA/EIR/GER) C-96m. SCOPE ** D: Richard Shepard. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Philip Baker Hall, Dylan Baker, Adam Scott. Off-beat comedy drama about immoral, burned-out hitman Brosnan, who travels the world killing people. One day he meets businessman Kinnear, whose life is at a crossroads. Movie examines their relationship with ironic touches. Brosnan, obviously spoofing his James Bond roles, gives a great performance, but script is too tentative and hardly exciting. Written by the director.

© Ron Altman