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"Give 'Em Hell Malone" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

Give 'Em Hell Malone

Synopsis

Private Investigator, Malone (Jane), is hired by a mysterious woman named Evelyn (Pataky) to retrieve a briefcase, but is not told what is inside.

When Malone goes to get it, he finds he has been double crossed by mob boss Whitmore (Harrison), who has assigned one of his thugs, Boulder (Rhames), to kill Malone.

Malone escapes, and the chase is on.

 

Specifications

  • National Entertainment Media
  • 2009, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 36 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Thomas Jane, Ving Rhames, Elsa Pataky, Doug Hutchison, Gregory Harrison
  • Directed by Russell Mulcahy
    Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Brief
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

I don't remember if we ever were told what was in that briefcase. Alfred Hitchcock called such an item "the McGuffin", which is the thing everyone is after, but it doesn't matter what it is. In any case, this film noir attempt doesn't belong in the same room as the film cans that store Hitchcock classics. It's terribly put together, and it looks like three or four 1940's characters running around in 2009.

One of the things that amused me about all those old '40's crime dramas was that their hats never came off even during fist fights. As an aside that has nothing to do with Malone, if you look through some of the DVDs that have the old 1940's serials and B-movies, you will find a couple of them that have Clayton Moore with no mask on (Moore was The Lone Ranger in the TV series). I remember when Moore appeared on the Johnny Carson show, and he wore dark glasses. Suppose Carson had advertised that on that evening's show, Moore would appear with no mask (or glasses) so that we all could see what he looked like. I bet NBC could have charged the same amount for 30 seconds of advertising as the Superbowl for that one show.

Doug Hutchison gives the most interesting performance as a nut case who likes to set people on fire.

Technical

At least the picture is sharp, but the surrounds could have used a bit more activity.

Extras

There are only interviews with the actors.