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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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.
Yes I concur with Threske, Minnie Driver and John's chemistry is lovely to watch. John for me always hold some kind of magic and charisma that no actor can, it's the way he speaks and the attitude and body language he portrays that really gets me.
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?
I was underwhelmed by this film when it first came out. Revisiting it now I still feel the same way. It feels very disjointed and directionless, a series of tight, well written and often drily comic set-pieces tacked together on top of a cool but distracting soundtrack. But there is no flow to the narrative and the film (unlike the characters portrayed in it) ultimately lacks any charm or personality.
Now HERE'S an interesting little feature - a scintillating romance film (Driver and Cusack have some of the best chemistry I've ever seen) with a hired gun action pastiche shoddily sewn on. Excise the dumb 007 merc plot arc and you've got one seriously fun movie. ★★★★, flaws and all.