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.
I wasn't impressed with Grosse Pointe Blank when I saw in in the theaters and 17 years did nothing to change my mind. The final act felt like a bunch of outtakes cobbled together, especially at the reunion. In the plus column, the Joan Cusack scenes were gold and a young Minnie Driver was nothing short of adorable. A great soundtrack helped distract me from the weak storytelling. Underwhelming gimmickry.
A rare gem of a "mainstream" cinema that through some strange alchemy radiates a kind of coolness that can hardly be found in any other movie.
Inspired casting, with John Cusack on point; excellent, low-key direction; sparkling dialogue; brilliant music... it's the only movie I've watched twice in a day since I was fourteen.
As a bonus: One of the (if not THE) best fight scenes in movie history. What's not to like?