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This is a very bad movie.
The actors seem to be on drugs, the action scenes are unspeakably clumsy and the plot virtually non-existent. There is a lot of sadistic and unnecessary violence featuring weird slow-motion scenes, which could be intended to cover up Mickey Rourke's slow, bulky moves. There are also terrible sentimental scenes where the convicts tell their life stories in a weepy voice.
Above all this nonsense a lot of boring guitar music plays in the background. In one scene, where a dying man goes nuts with a Gatling gun while thinking about his wife, the music choice is "Silent Night"... It is almost too absurd to speak of.
All in all, this movie is a horrible shame to everybody involved. But even the worst movie can be good in an appropriate situation: Watch this in good company when having a hangover, and there is no end to the joy. This could also be good when drunk, but I couldn't forgive myself if I rented this a second time.
Anyone who has followed Rourke's career lately has to be pleased that this flick was made.Yes,the movie rips off countless other action films but who cares when you've got the pumped-up Rourke whooping ass in the middle of all the cliches.Danny Trejo gives a very creepy supporting performance and I really enjoyed the score as well.I bought this movie after renting it and have screened it for several friends,all of whom immensely enjoyed it.A must for true Mickey fans.This title,as well as Bullet,hold a special place in my film library.
Well, this isnt so much of a B-movie version of Die Hard, but a tongue in cheek parody of that whole action movie genre, and an achingly funny one at that. It's all here, slow motion fight scenes, big explosion's, and the slightly insane crime boss. Mickey Rourke grunts his way through the tough guy script with a bone dry delivery that make's you certain he's talking this whole thing seriously. Everything's over the top, the acting, the stunts, and Bruce Lee like battle's, an instant underground classic.
This is one bad film. With clumsy editing, terrible performances and
rip-offs galore! One of the major missteps is the editing. Rourke's
character Rudy is a supposed "Karate Master" but when he does a
roundhouse kick to a guy it first cuts to the foot then jaggedly cuts
to Rourke killing him. This is Rourke's monotone years, where you need
subtitles to hear what's he's saying. If you somehow hear the wretched
dialogue he's reciting, mute the TV. It is better without the sound
anyway. Danny Trejo gets shot like 15 times (twice in the HEAD!) and
he's wearing a motorcycle jacket! Just don't watch this film unless
you're having a party and everybody is drunk.
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Gay Howard, a prisoner convicted of white-collar crimes masterminds a
prison break while his fellow prisoners are being transported. They
succeed and hole up in a local mall where they take hostages and try to
make demands of the police who surround the place. Unfortunately for
the criminals a former mercenary and all-round tough guy, Rudy Ray
(Mickey Rourke) is after them, in no small part because his brother is
one of the escaped prisoners. Check your brain at the door for this
one, folks. It's all about explosions and lots of gunfire. None of it
makes much sense under scrutiny and the films ever so slightly
homophobic (I referred to Howard as 'gay Howard' earlier in the review
as the film makes it abundantly clear). The action is good, if utterly
ridiculous and the film apes from MUCH better films (Die Hard, Leon,
etcetera), but fans of Rourke or Danny Trejo (who is suitably
over-the-top as the 'crazy' villain) will enjoy this flick. Just don't
expect anything more than a fun little weightless diversion. It feels
more like an '80's film than one for the late '90's though.
My B-movie grade: B-
This movie is so great and has alot of action!!!!! Why do all you idiot non-action fans hate this?!!! I think it is the best movie as a matter of fact, I am going to dub it or buy it for my movie collection! The hostage plot was so cool because some of the criminals actually didn't mean to be harmful and most were really mean!!! Alot of action and I recommend it to people who love action! Don't listen to those stupid people asses who don't know what they are talking about!!! They are the ones who like stupid movies and hate good ones like this!!!! Point Blank rules!!!!!!!
A bunch of escaped criminals take over a shopping centre. One of them is a
genuinely nice guy, so his well-meaning brother Rudy Ray (Mickey Rourke)
infiltrates the shopping centre to save him. Still reading? If you were
expecting a good film, you've got the wrong POINT BLANK. It's terrible -
plain and simple.
It was Greil Marcus, talking about Rod Stewart, who famously declared: `rarely has anyone betrayed his talent so completely'. Of course, the phrase could be aptly used to describe Mickey Rourke. The finest actor of the 1980's (Angel Heart, Barfly, Prayer for the Dying, White Sands, Rumble Fish, 9 1/2 Weeks) always lives up to expectations. Unfortunately, expectations of Mickey Rourke are not what they once were. A string of embarrassing pictures led to a self-imposed retirement. On return, his fortunes have not improved.
If this reads like a career obituary, that's not the intention. Fingers crossed that a Soderbergh, Tarantino or Ferrara can resurrect his fallen star. Anything - absolutely anything - to spare us any more films as bad as POINT BLANK. It's a juvenile action romp, so gleeful in its stupid, sadistic violence it's almost unbearable to watch - and certainly impossible to enjoy.
If it hurt Mickey to have his scenes removed from Terrance Malick's THIN RED LINE, or even DOUBLE TEAM, it seems his role has been reduced here too. He fades in and out of the action - perhaps he's trying to hide in the background. Either way, the results are inevitable, and nobody - least of all Rourke - could care less.
It's not just that it's been done a million times better. The shoddy logic of the filmmakers is inane beyond comprehension. (a) The crime kingpin decides to sedate a frenzied psycho-rapist by giving him a whole brick of cocaine to snort. (b) After tormenting a female hostage, she then willingly performs a private sex-show for the pervert. (c) After the striptease he takes her out on the balcony and shoots her in full view of the surrounding cops. (d) He achieves the incredible feat of actually snorting the whole brick of cocaine in ninety minutes.
That's just one incident that doesn't bear close scrutiny. The writer and director clearly revel in sex/drugs indulgence, and it comes out just as dubious as one would expect. There's dramatic license, but then there's a police force that idly watches as hostages are randomly executed.
And let me assure you my vote of one for this film is no knee-jerk reaction. I tried - and failed - to watch it twice. But much like Mickey Rourke in the ring, his audience has a habit of coming back and suffering again and again.
There are actually a couple reasons to watch this movie. The first is
that, while it's mindless and mind-numbing, there's actually a story
and you do become involved enough to want to find out how the story
ends. Second, you may actually enjoy picking out the "dumb things" and
the totally improbable or impossible.
Of course, there is also the weird fascination of watching Mickey Rourke (at a mere 41 years of age) totally over-the-top with steroids and immediately after one of his face lifts. It was only 12 years earlier that Cimino's "Year of the Dragon" was released, but it seems like it was a lifetime to Mickey. (To be fair, the early 1990s were not kind to him.) YotD was not one of Mickey's best movies, but the contrast between the Mickey of 1985 and the Mickey of 1998 is almost too much to be believed.
Danny Trejo is, as always, fun to watch. Kevin Gage turns in a surprisingly good performance in what is probably the most difficult role in the movie.
I normally don't pay a lot of attention to editing in a movie (unless it's just really bad) but this movie is one of the most obviously-poorly-edited movies I've ever seen. It could be a poster-child for bad movie editing. I'm going to be generous and guess that the editor did not have enough film to work with or that the director failed to block and cover shots as he should have. But with that aside, this movie is worthwhile if only to show your friends or your date what bad editing looks like.
Four stars awarded for having some entertainment value, even if no artistic value. After all, you could have wasted your time on a J. R. Bookwalter film.
for this Movie to be a B type Movie i thought was was actually pretty good . i mean it had a good cast ,plot , and Decent acting to be a B Movie . i don't see why the Haters of this movie didn't like it bc it was worth the watch . and i for one cant see why its rated so low on IMDb bc it was a good movie and i enjoyed every minute of the movie .if you like Mickey Rourke , Trejo , or Frederic Forrest then you will like this movie . imo i think this is one of Mickey's Best Movies . i would say don't Listen to everything you hear(i.e Read ,hear or see ) bout things Especially Movies in General bc Critics have been known to be wrong b4 so watch this movie and judge for yourself . yo will not be disappointed .
one more prisoners-escapee movie, and not to forget,
Danny Trejo is in it, the guy who played Johnny-23 in Con
A pretty good B-movie about a former cop,soldier,mercenary that is going to
stop a couple of bad guys that is holding people hostage (Die Hard). Trejo
is once again a rapist,murderer and total sick-o. Got some good action, the
end is the coolest.
And don't I detect some Leon-the professional here also.
For a B-movie it is very good, for a Con/Hard rip-off it doesn't even come close. What happened to Mickey Rourke's career?
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