Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.
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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 (a Detroit suburb where he's also contracted to kill someone). Hot on his tail are a couple of over-enthusiastic federal agents, another assassin who wants to kill him, and Grocer, an assassin who wants him to join an "Assassin's Union." Written by
This Black Comedy has its moments. There are a number of Funny Lines but the Comedic Situations don't fare as well. For example, the totally banal Radio Station Scene, the Real Estate Piece just lies there without Wit and there are others, especially the whole Romantic Subplot with Near Zero Chemistry.
The Action and the Violence are much better. These are done with an intensity and Style befitting the Movie's Conceit, especially the Finale and the short but incredible Hand to Hand confrontation in the Halls of the High School that is High Style.
The Movie works most of the time but when it doesn't the thing screams to a halt and exposes itself as ill fitted and overplayed. Like the Convenience Store Set-Piece or the Mother and Child Reunion. Overall this is Overrated but still a better than Average work that is well done if you can accept some pretty Bad Acting from Sister Cusack and Minnie Driver. Both do some unwatchable Overreaching.
But the rest of the Cast is Fine and some of the Writing is Clever and Cool, but beware that in spots this shows some pretty glaring Missteps. The Movie initially Flopped but has gained some Cult recognition for its irreverent Subject Matter and attempts at Ultra-Hipness.
One final Blow, the Clash was an Important Group, but here the Joe Strummer Music is way overdone and the whole Soundtrack is surprisingly Anemic considering that it is in your Face (Ears) so intrusively. The White-Bread Reggae is embarrassing, thankfully it includes Johnny Nash's Seminal Chart-Topper for some redemption.
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