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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.
Cusack... what the hell is he doing now?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Enjoyable film about a hitman
Nothing cinematic makes me as unejoyably uncomfortable then when the plot hinges on pile of lies (which I understand is almost all comedies). You are just waiting for the inevitable that the truth will come crumbling down with broken hearts lying on the floor. It is not drama that is fun to me.
This made me so refreshed to watch John Cusack to be slightly ashamedly honest about his career as contract killer. No one believes him, but at least once his career becomes evident he least people can't be made at him for lying....just the killing part.
I can't get past the idea of John Cusack as a badass assassin, but even so, the movie is a cult classic, and doesn't even live up to the hype. It's ridiculous and over the top, oh and Jeremy Piven is in this, that's cool, and Dan Akroyd is absolutely ridiculous with his facial expressions. I wasn't really entertained though, I watched it, but I wasn't enthralled by it. I thought it was okay overall, feels very 90's in all aspects, and sometimes that's a good thing to feed off of my nostalgia, but here it didn't really add much for me, outside of me liking some of the music.
Fun and silly. Once again nice to see an area near where I live in a movie. John Cusack and Jeremy Piven are super cute and I love Minnie Driver as well. The whole hit man thing is just a bit overdone.
One of the coolest from the 90's which only gets cooler every time I watch it.
Puto asco le tengo a John Cusack,,,Por su puta culpa hace que odie esta peli de George Armitage (Miami Blues) con una música eso si Cojonuda
Glad to see this movie is as fun in its tone as I remembered it being. I miss the John Cusack who gave a crap :(
I really enjoy this film the fact that has John Cusack, i love his comedic timing and he can keep up with the action, Minnie Driver is just beautiful in this film with decent acting skills imo, but having Dan Aykroyd as a villain is just phenomenal, the guy can be a good villain, im surprised.
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