Booze, Broads and Bullets


206. Give ‘em Hell, Malone (Russell Mulcahy, 2009)

The last film of the year is one that I’ve been particularly excited about seeing.  I’d posted about the excellent looking trailers HERE and HEREGive ‘em Hell, Malone doesn’t disappoint as it plays out like the surly bastard child of Sin City and Dick Tracy achat rapide viagra.  Thomas Jane is Malone, the hard-bitten, hard drinking, hard as nails bagman who we see attempting to get hold of a briefcase in a brutal opening scene shootout.  Once he gets hold of the bag then the trouble starts.  There’s smoking dames, psychotic bad-guys, blood, guns and some of the wittiest tongue-in-cheek noir dialogue since Bogart sparkled with Bacall.

This a great slice of modern genre film-making, a comic-book palette meshes the neo-noir world that Malone inhabits with the real world outside which occasionally breaks through in humorous ways.  References are made to e-mails sent and modern cars are seen in traffic with Malone’s battered 40s saloon.  If I have a criticism it would be that the Mulcahy is a bit too hectic with the camera but that’s no major problem, easily overlooked with everything else good that is going on.  It’s a shame that a cinema release wasn’t a possibility but you should seek this film out – it makes a cracking bit of Friday night entertainment.

A full review of my brilliant year reviewing movies is forthcoming along with the changes that I’ll be making for the coming year.  Thanks for reading, commenting and sending films it has been great fun.

2 thoughts on “Booze, Broads and Bullets”

  1. What if you don’t like Sin City, Dick Tracy or comics?

    Or the phrase ‘smoking dames’ (unless you’re talking about panto transvestites with 20 Regal in their handbags)?

  2. It’s still pretty good fun even if you don’t like those things. It’s tongue in cheek but still pretty good. The woman in it is lovely and she does smoke so it isn’t too bad a description.

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