Richard Shephard, 2005, USA/Germany/Ireland (96 mins)
Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis
When failing businessman Danny (Kinnear) and charismatic assassin Julian (Brosnan) are thrown together by a chance encounter in a Mexican bar, a peculiar friendship starts to blossom. As they venture into the underground world of the hit-man they discover they’re not too dissimilar after-all.
Shedding his Bond-hero guise, The Matador sees Brosnan stretching his performance in his most entertaining role yet. Defying limits of the buddy genre, it’s a pleasantly surprising film all round. A quirky, dark comedy peppered with surreal moments – such as Brosnan in a cheerleader’s outfit - promising to steal laughter despite your biggest protests. Alison Cain