Brand Hauser: Look, we've already kicked the shit out of this place. What are we supposed to do? Turn our backs on all the entrepreneur possibilities? Business is a uniquely human response to a moral or cosmic crisis. Whether it's a tsunami or a sustained aerial bombardment, there's the same urgent call for urban renewal.
John Cusack stars in a movie he helped write and produce. The movie is a political satire/dark comedy which also serves as a spiritual sequel to Gross Point Blank, one of my favorite movies, so naturally I wanted to like this film. It contains many of the same elements as "Blank," and while the movie puts a lot of stuff on the table to let the audience stew in concerning the satirical approach to a fictional Middle East situation and the ending goes way over the top, it has plenty of fun doing what it does and making me enjoy myself.
Cusack is Houser, a hitman living in a fictional world where corporations sponsor war efforts. In particular, the country of Turaqistan has been taken over by an American corporation, Tamerlane.
Houser is now hired by the former Vice President, played by Dan Aykroyd, to assassinate a figure living in the country.
The Vice President: [about Omar] Son of a bitch is trying to build a pipeline through his own cheap fucking country. We didn't liberate Turaqistan to get hustled by some cocksucking fezzhead, Hauser. Terminate. You do that voodoo that you do so well.
Houser's cover is a publicist with an assistant played by Joan Cusack holding up his identity for him. For his cover he is supposed to monitor the arrival of a Central Asian pop star, Yonica Babyyeah, played surprisingly well by Hilary Duff.
Brand Hauser: We're excited to have you.
Ooq-Mi-Fay Taqnufmini: Don't get too excited.
Brand Hauser: I'm not that excited.
Also in the area is a reporter played by a very good looking Marissa Tomei, whom Houser takes a liking to.
Natalie Hegalhuzen: [upon hearing an explosion outside] When did they start attacking inside the Emerald City?
Brand Hauser: I wouldn't call that an attack.
[explosion goes off right outside office]
Brand Hauser: Technically, that was a bombing. At least it sounded like it was. Not an attack, which would imply something else.
As the film progresses, Houser goes through the motions of attempting to assassinate his target, juggling the two women currently in his life, and dealing with the personal demons involving his profession and past.
As mentioned, it is very similar to Gross Point Blank, with the added bonus of political commentary. It will seemed like a full bag to many, containing a mix of both wit and seemingly absurd situations attempting to get across a message, but you know what? I enjoyed it. Hell if I want to take a stance on a position because of a movie, what matters is that I enjoyed myself.
Natalie Hegalhuzen: Nice office.
Marsha Dillon: It's bullet-proof.
The movie has a lot of fun with its dialog, style, and approach to the subject matter. The cast is certainly a big part of its success. Cusack is as cool as he was as Martin Blank. Its good stuff.
Ooq-Yu-Fay Taqnufmini: [referring to son] What if we publicly remove one of his testicles?
Ooq-Mi-Fay Taqnufmini: Dad! Please!
Brand Hauser: It's not an entirely unappealing suggestion, but I'm not sure if that really gets us where we want to go.