Grosse Point Blank (1997)


“A thousand innocent people get killed every day! But a millionaire’s pet gets detonated, and you’re marked for life.” – Marty

Number of Times Seen – Twice (16 Jan 2001 and 1 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A talented hit man decides to go to his high school reunion when he is offered a job in the neighborhood.

My Take on it – This is a fun movie that just doesn’t manage to stay engaging enough despite a stellar cast.

John Cusack is great in just about everything that he does. but something constantly feels off with his portrayal in this film.

His character lacks any kind of real chemistry with any of the others including Minnie Driver’s who is meant to be his love interest in the story.

I loved seeing Jeremy Piven in this film tho, because he always is fun.

The idea within this story that I really enjoyed was the fact that a character can look back on his life after ten years and try and reassess all that they did over that time.

The problem here tho is that there are too many holes within the plot that make very little sense and they fail to explain or expand on them.

The third act is quite far fetched and losses any of the momentum or credibility that they got in the first two thirds of it and that’s quite a shame because there is so much more potential here than is realized.

The choice to look at this kind of story from a comic perspective is also part of the problem here because if it had been presented as a drama or thriller, it probably would have been much more engaging and enjoyable to watch unfold.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Cusack and Jeremy Piven were high school friends much like the movie’s story line. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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