Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career has pretty much stalled since his return to Hollywood after a stint as Governor of California. The Last Stand scored only $12 million; Escape Plan $25 million; Sabotage $10 million; Aftermath straight to VOD, and Terminator Genisys may have finally put the nail in the coffin of the Terminator franchise. Schwarzenegger used to make $20 million a picture. Now his movies don’t even make that much.
Taran Killam is trying to change that, although Killing Gunther looks more like a MacGruber: A comedy that bombs at the box office and potentially gains a cult following in the home digital market. Gunther is an assassin parody about a hitman (Schwarzenegger) who is so good at his job that his competitors (Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Cobie Smulders, Alison Tolman, Hannah Simone) collude in an effort to remove the competition.
Things do not work out well for them.
Eh, it has potential. Unfortunately, it’s missing two key ingredients to its ultimate success: Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi.