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Grosse Pointe Blank
Even a hit man deserves a second shot.
Martin Blank is a freelance hitman who starts to develop a conscience, which causes him to muff a couple of routine assignments. On the advice of his secretary and his psychiatrist, he attends his 10th year High School reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
John Cusack's heyday was definitely back in the eighties and nineties. He had wit, caustic and sarcastic that always made for excellent viewing, but lately the killer roles that endeared him to millions have dried up. Gone are the days of Lloyd Dobler, Walter Gib Gibson, and The Grifters' Roy Dillon. Those were all characters we loved and rooted for, but Martin Blank for me is the one unmissable role in Cusack's sometimes patchy filmography.
As a contract killer working through his issues with a psychiatrist who doesn't want to treat him, Cusack's Martin Blank is a complex character. After a botched assignment leaves him forced into a job near his former home town, he decides to face up to…
Unlike his classmates, who became respected professionals, Martin Blank (Cusack) found a lucrative career as a professional killer, but things are not what they were and Martin faces an uncertain future. Now he is back to his homeland, Grosse Pointe, to the party of former high school classmates, and to complete one last "job" and try to win back the love of the girl who he took to the prom (Minnie Driver). Grosse Pointe Blank is a deadly black comedy filled with action and laughter.
Grosse Pointe Blank has repeatedly been compared to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, and even though they are both crime comedies, I don't feel the comparison has been justified. Obviously, the film's style is similar to…
At some point in the not-too-distant future, I’m probably going to get an invite to my high school reunion. I’m already dreading it. The only things that will have changed about me will be the colour of my hair and my eyesight. I’ll still be the bitter misanthrope I was in 2009. I’ll still be socially inept, I’ll still have a burning hatred for the majority of my classmates and I’ll still be able to drink every last one of them under the table. That or I’ll be dead, in which case I won’t have to attend the sodding thing in the first place. Either way, I won’t be able to tell them that I’ve spent the last ten…
John Cusack improbably pulls off the affable moral bankruptcy/dilemma of his character in this quintessentially 1990s Pulp Fiction-"cool"-derivative romcom, and that improbably makes me like this much more than I think it deserves. It sets up a string of fun ideas that it never quite follows through on, including its central premise--yes, the hitman attends the high school reunion, but the enormous amount of hijinx available to that premise are only barely addressed. And the ending feels wholly unearned.
And yet, Cusack's central performance is so delightful, even when he's just talking to himself, that it's vey watchable. Driver manages a few fine moments with the few solid moments she's given (taking Marty to task on air being the highlight).…
Officially the 4th best movie ever made.
Well, sadly not officially.
If ever a film has blossomed from the Internet revolution it' Grosse Point Blank. Released in 1997 to almost zero fanfare, it went largely unnoticed for nearly a decade. Rightly though, I now believe it to have a pretty large following of diehard fans.
Simple because it is brilliant.
Everything, about Grosse Point Blank is brilliant.
It is one of the true delights of 90's American cinema. Essentially a romantic comedy, and essentially a one joke comedy at that, it is unrivalled in its slickness, frequently clever, and very funny.
With a soundtrack by Joe Strummer also, there is so much going for this movie.
I cannot recommend it enough.
It's only flaw is its awkward title..
No, no. Psychopaths kill for no reason. I kill for MONEY. It's a JOB. That didn't come out right.
Quite possibly my favorite John Cusack comedy and considering his filmography that's saying something. It's a great black comedy with fantastic dialogue and a great premise.
The cast is fantastic too. John Cusack and Minnie Driver have great chemistry together on screen. From the moment they see each other you feel there's a connection there with history behind it. Dan Aykroyd is the best and most frantic he's been since the 80s. Alan Arkin is hilarious as Marty's psychiatrist. Finally Joan Cusack's telephone conversations with Marty are one of the films many highlights.
You add a fantastic soundtrack to the mix and the film ends up with a near perfect tone of comedy balanced with occasional violence.
Just so much fun; 90's Cusack was really good Cusack, and a script this propulsive and clever can be forgiven for an ending that belongs in a lesser movie.
About an hour in I can't figure out quite what is wrong with this movie. The dialog is pretty sharp, the characters are goofy but relatable, the cast is solid through-out... What's the problem..?
And then the third act starts, when Blank finally finds out who his target is. And then the film becomes a farce. Intentionally. But tonally that's such a wrong turn. Director George Armitage has been hitting mostly the right notes up until this point, selling the ludicrous scenario in quite a plausible way.
And then it hits me - this script was supposed to be a farce from the very beginning. Tonally the first hour of the film feels very natural and low key, but it…
John Cusack may have never been better than he is here. Great soundtrack and great atmosphere.
I actually really loved this movie. John Cusack has this cool way of acting without really acting i don't know. And I love that he and his sister Joan are always in movies together even though i don't really like her voice. I loved the way they somehow made murder and killing seem so nonchalant in this. And good God Minnie Driver never got any less attractive over time. What a babe.
I love how George Armitage as a director had a knack for making violence disturbing and hilarious at the same time.
"Grosse Pointe Blank" is a film that's all over the place. It's half action espionage film, half 80's reunion comedy and both genres don't mix here. It's a good thing the action sequences were shot well.
I was told that Benny The Jet, the man that has had two awesome fight scenes with Jackie Chan in Meals On Wheels and Dragons Forever, was in this film. So I jumped at the chance to watch it. And I'm glad I did.
John Cusack plays a hitman who returns to his hometown to attend a high school reunion. He sees his former love Minnie Driver and rekindles his romance with her. But little did he know that he was followed by fellow assassin Dan Aykward!
Cue hilarity such as supermarket shoot outs, cafe confrontations and high school reunion violence! Benny The Jet did not disappoint, and John Cusack was fucking brilliant throughout.
Minnie Driver kept reminding me of that segment on Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge where she was a transsexual columnist, and Partridge told her that she could be a goalkeeper.
Overall, this film was great.
A movie I have seen repeatedly...comedy, action, romance, quatable dialogue...it has it all. One of my favorite John Cusack movies and he has great chemistry with Minnie Driver. Fun movie.
Fun comedy that features a surprisingly cool fight scene and an awesome last ten minutes. Plotwise meh but driven well by the script and cast yar.
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