Give 'em Hell, Malone (2009)

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A tough as nails private investigator (Malone) squares off with gangsters and their thugs to protect a valuable secret. Malone goes through hell to protect the information but he dishes some hell as well...

"Give 'em Hell, Malone" is a 2009 American neo-noir action thriller movie directed by Russell Mulcahy and written by Mark Hosack. It stars Thomas Jane as Malone, a scarred and ruthlessly efficient contract killer and Ving Rhames as Boulder, a capo who will stop at absolutely nothing to retrieve a significant briefcase.

Plot and Characters
The action-packed plot revolves around Malone, a tough-as-nails private detective, who is employed to recover a mysterious briefcase for an unknown company. His objective puts him in the crosshairs of a variety of gangsters and hitmen, each with their unique combating designs. The more Malone delves into his objective, the more finished up he becomes in an unsafe conspiracy.

Malone is a gun-toting hero with a lot of individual demons. His tough outside masks a tormented past that involves the death of his household. Alongside Malone is his love interest, a prostitute called Evelyn (played by Elsa Pataky), who helps him in his mission while nursing her own secrets.

Thomas Jane's character contrasts with the villain, Boulder, played by Ving Rhames, whose palpable brutality makes for a deserving challenger. French Stewart also shines in a supporting role as an eccentric hitman named Frankie the Crooner, including an unforeseen touch of dark humor to the gritty story.

Main Themes
"Give 'em Hell, Malone" includes classic film noir styles, including an ethically ambiguous protagonist, a femme fatale, seedy urban settings, and a plot rich with intrigue and threat. Although heavily stylized with its comic book-esque violence and occasional dives into surrealism, the film maintains a sense of genuine psychological depth, as it explores Malone's tormented mind.

Critical Reception
Upon its release, "Give 'em Hell, Malone" gathered blended evaluations. While some critics applauded its action sequences and performances, notably Jane's as the titular character, others slammed the film for its complicated story and perceived overuse of category tropes. However, lots of concurred that it provided a fresh take on the noir category, with its blending of designs and tones, and its unapologetic devotion to high-action, pulpy delights.

In summary, "Give 'em Hell, Malone" is an action-packed neo-noir thrill flight, chock filled with eccentric characters, violent fights, and a labyrinthine plot fixating a desirable brief-case. With its heroes, bad guys, and everything in between, this movie is absolutely nothing except a roller coaster ride. Although it may not be generally well-known, it offers a lot of home entertainment for fans of hard-hitting action and gritty crime thrillers.

Top Cast

  • Thomas Jane (small)
    Thomas Jane
  • Ving Rhames (small)
    Ving Rhames
  • Elsa Pataky (small)
    Elsa Pataky
  • Doug Hutchison (small)
    Doug Hutchison
  • Leland Orser (small)
    Leland Orser
  • French Stewart (small)
    French Stewart
    Frankie the Crooner
  • Gregory Harrison (small)
    Gregory Harrison
  • Eileen Ryan (small)
    Eileen Ryan
  • David Andriole (small)
    David Andriole
    Pencil Stache
  • Chris Yen
  • Patrick Treadway (small)
    Patrick Treadway