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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…
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..
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).…
Film 15 of The June Challenge
"If I show up at your door, chances are you did something to bring me there."
This has John Cusack being the most cynical and sarcastic person alive, an unbelievably funny script, some brilliant shootouts and fight scenes and one of the best soundtracks in existance.
And a scene where they dispose of a body to '99 Luftballons'. Which manages to be the funniest part in an often hysterical movie. More films should have a scene like that.
After seeing some of his more recent work, its an odd experience to see a good film with a good performance from John Cusak. Mini Driver is always divine and the chemistry between the two fantastic, but Joan Cusak was the highlight for me, as usual.
Filled with great dialogue, funny acting, and a charming story, this hilarious sudo-comedy/romance keeps itself running with a heart of love and adventure. Not shying away from the violence and darkness, but using it as a punchline.
Cusack really did some wonderful films. Don't get me wrong, he largely plays the same type of guy in each but he does it well. This film feels ahead of its time, with its post-modern twist making it arguably primed for a remake. A fantastic soundtrack, and a great supporting cast fill out this unqiue comedy, action, romance.
As perfect as it gets for a John Cusack movie.
If I was forced to watch a romantic comedy this wouldn't be the worse thing in the world. Having said that this movie was not for me. Bland story with the action element thrown on to give the guys something to do, not sure how I feel about John Cusack as an actor either. No one in this movie felt like they wanted to be there. Over all it was in offense, but boring
Witzig, schnell, romantisch, gute Darsteller, aber so wirklich will keine Spannung aufkommen.
Trotzdem ein unterhaltsamer und sehr kurzweiliger Film.
Grosse Pointe Blank is about a suave hitman, played by John Cusack of course, who returns to his hometown to do a job and also attend his High School reunion. It's funny and has a great cast, but the really winner here is the soundtrack--like literally it might be the best one I've ever come across. We got The Cure, The Clash, The Specials, The English Beat, The Bangles, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Echo & the Bunnymen, Violent Femmes, Pixies, Nena (99 Luftballons), and I almost lost it when they played some very obscure gothic rock in Tones on Tail!
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