Give 'em Hell Malone (2010)
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Not my cup of tea. I like Thomas Jane, too, but even he couldn't get me to like this movie. Lame.
"Hard to love... Harder to kill."
A tough as nails private investigator (Malone) squares off with gangsters and their thugs to protect a valuable secret. Malone goes through hell to protect the information but he dishes some hell as well...
Lots of gory effects and nice idea about throwing them into ambient of film-noir. That's about it for this movie. As for acting, I only liked supporting actors French Stewart and Leland Orser (Frankie and Murphy) as rest of the cast was mediocre at the best. Never felt any spark between boring Elsa Pataky (Evelyn) and not-so-believable-as-unbuttoned-drunkard Thomas Jane (Malone). Malone does get a cool voice, that seems to be a standard for cinematography these days.
Characters are cartoonish, we can see bits of Sin City in it, unfortunately they are clumsily developed and often over the top. World is mix of 50s and cell-phones, music is scarce but appropriate and pleasant. There are few fresh spots and lot more clichés and borrowed places. Too bad, with more creative freedom it could be fun flick. Overall movie looks good, it just doesn't have good enough script. I doubt you could say who actually hired who to do what and why when you finish watching.
This is actually a pretty damn good flick. It is a good pastiche of the 40s film noir nothing too smart or dumb, some humor, with a psycho arsonist and the obligatory Japanese girl with knives, a high body count, a hardboiled hero, a femme fatale, a decent enough plot, and all in all the time went by very fast indeed. Ving simply kicks ass in this noir thriller that's a tongue and cheek homage to the detective movies. Jane does a good job channeling his inner Humphrey Bogart and obviously having a blast doing it. A good fun supporting cast with French Stewart as a crooner lounge act playing at nursing homes. Doug Hutchison does what he does best the smart unstable psychopath. And Leland Orser whom I think is very underrated. The hottie Elsa Parker who is new to me did a wonderful job as deciving female. The action sequence are some of the best I've seen in a straight to dvd film in some time. If you like old detective stories and stylized violence this is for you. All in all, an uber violent and cool attempt with comic book sensibilities that fans of Sin City, Shoot 'Em Up, and Wanted will lap up.
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