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This is the kind of movie it's a joy to discover on some off cable channel on a deep dark wintry night. Pure contemporary film noir. Topnotch actors - Madsen (today's Mitchum in my book, Arquette - one of the best in all modes, Thornton - a genius). The plot moves right along, it's a classic road/mafia comic romance flick. The cinematography is amazing - I looked up the guy & he went on to do Jerry McGuire & 3 Spielberg flicks including Private Ryan. What more can I say? I've always loved great trash - Jim Thompson was My Man!
It's true that the formula to this movie is more than a little overused these days, but it's acted well enough by Madsen and Arquette, and being less than an hour and a half in duration, it keeps you interested anyway. I found it a very easy to watch, albeit fairly predictable film that's inoffensive and, occasionally, great fun. Patricia Arquette looks gorgeous in "Trouble Bound" (I seem to have developed a thing for her after seeing "Human Nature"!) and the overall result is a slightly above average action comedy. 6.5/10
After spending more than five years in prison, Harry Talbot (Michael
Madsen) plays poker with his comrades and wins a large amount and a
Lincoln. However Harry does not know that his buddies have dumped a
body in the trunk of the car. Meanwhile, a young woman called Kit
Califano (Patricia Arquette) is trying to revenge her father killing
the mafia kingpin Santino (Seymour Cassel) that killed him. Kit is the
granddaughter of the also mafia kingpin Grandma Martucci (Florence
Stanley) that sends her henchmen to bring her back home. When Harry
meets Kit in a bar, she escapes from the men and he gives a ride to
her. Meanwhile Harry's buddies discover that the key that they need to
open a safe with money is with the corpse and they hunt him down while
the mobsters seek Kit out to accomplish Grandma's order. The hunting
begins while Harry and Kit want to get rid of the body,
"Trouble Bound" is a highly entertaining action-comedy with a funny story. Michael Madsen is in the top of his career and the lovely Patricia Arquette is sweet and gorgeous. The corpse steals the show and might have been the inspiration for the 1989 Weekend at Bernie's. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Arriscando Tudo" ("Risking Everything")
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This is an OK road movie with OK performances and some good fun. The
main reason to watch Trouble Bound is the cinematography. It is
outstanding, especially the outside scenes left a lasting impression.
The same year Janusz Kaminski did Schindler's List and from then on
photographed all the Steven Spielberg movies. In noirish Trouble Bound
this excellent cinematographer comes through as a kind of contemporary
Michael Madsen does what he does best: frown and look sheepish (ties in well with the part). Patricia Arquette is far more livelier than in the other movies I have seen her in. Billy Bob Thornton has a small, rather inconsequential part and not least there is a mobster dowager and a corpse that keeps turning up. At one point it is lifted high up by a fork lift, then the convertible of the main characters accidentally hits the fork lift, and the body drops right on the back seat, like a ripe plum. Good stunt.
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***SPOILERS***It's almost at the very end of "Trouble Bound" that you
finally realize what that whole confusing mess of a movie is really all
about. It's then when the dead body that everyone in the movie is out
to get, except its two stars Michael Medsen & Patricia Arquette as
Harry Talbolt & Kit Califano, suddenly comes alive and starts talking!
Up until that major revelation, or resurrection, in the film we have no
idea what exactly is going on and for that matter the less you know the
better you feel about it. It's like a doctor not telling you just how
bad your condition is in fear that if he did it would end up killing
Harry had just gotten out of prison and is set up by his friends, who were responsible for him going to jail in the first place, to drive a Lincoln Continental-across the Arizona Nevada border-that he won, together with $5,000.00, in a card game that was rigged in his favor. Harry's brainless criminal friends didn't realize that the corpse Gordo, Vincent Guastaferro, that they hid in the trunk had the keys to the safe where he hid the money that he owed them! This sets off a number of equally brainless events where Harry ends up getting stuck with Mafia Princess Kit Califano who in return is out to knock off, by any means possible, Mafia Don Santino played by Seymour-in the less you see him the more the better- Cassel.
Kit has been out to knock off Santino ever since he, as a Mafia hit-man, knocked off her old man who was set up by non-other then her sweet little old Grandma and now Mafia Boss Grandma Martucci, Florance Stanley. What's even worse is that Grandma Martucci is in the process of forming an alliance with Santino that her granddaughter Kit is in jeopardy, by blowing Santino away, of destroying!
Totally unbelievable story in that if the hoods out to get Harry & Kit who have the key to the kingdom, or Gordo's safe-box-had any brains in their skulls, which in fact they didn't, all they had to do was get a few sticks of dynamite and blow the safe wide open! Not make complete jerks of themselves by running all over the place and ending up either getting killed or put behind bars! As for Harry & Kit they did make a nice couple in their fights and then making up during the length of the movie with especially Harry, or actor Michael Medsen, at his most coolest and "I don't give a sh*t and screw everyone" anti-hero best. Which since then has turned out to be his, Medsen's, trademark making him practically a cult figure, like the late Robert Mitchum, among his many adoring fans.
Still the person who stole the show has to be the dead corpse of Gordo who despite being dead had about the best lines in the entire film!
This movie isn't very bright. The same action-comedy film, seen million times before. Michael Madsen is bad, as usual, unlike Patricia Arquette. There is absolutely no chemistry between the two, and everything they say or do is not realistic at all, many times you have the feeling it's something they need to say or do, just to keep the plot moving forward. (Example: when they first meet, she tries - unsuccesfully - to steal Harry's car, he catches her, opens the door with the key and then she goes round and enters without any problems through the right seat door). Also the movie is filled up with all sorts of cliches, so don't expect anything new or unpredictable cause you'll be disappointed.
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