Review Date: February 05, 1999
Director: Brian Helgeland
Writer: Brian Helgeland and Terry Hayes
Producers: Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey
Mel Gibson as Porter
Maria Bello as Rosie
Gregg Henry as Val Resnick
The pacing of the movie was also perfectly set, with an original style from Helgeland, a witty script, and a thump-thumping score, that reminded me of the film-noir flicks of the old. The actors were all very good in their roles with many of the secondary characters coming up with wickedly engaging performances, most specifically Gregg Henry as Gibson's ex-partner and future nemesis. The movie also contains some shocking and unexpected moments, a solid if fluffy ending, and some great tunes tossed in for an extra-crispy flavour on the outside. And for all those who might complain about the fact that the whole film is essentially filled with "bad people", none of whom have any redeeming qualities, I must heartily disagree. Within the context of their "world", this film has many characters who strive for power, while others fight for the "principle of the matter". Now if you've ever fought for a principle in any matter, whether it be for a grade in school which you deemed unfair, a police officer who pulled you over for a bogus ticket, or a partner who stole $70,000 from you, you should be able to appreciate Gibson's character within the seedy, underground world in which he resides.
This movie's tagline totes the "Get ready to root for the bad guy" motto, and as much as I hate those damn marketing plugs and the word "root", I must admit that I did find myself engulfed in the world of this guy Porter, wishing that he would keep kicking mighty ass, slicing the cheese over the "even worse guys", and chain-smoking and outsmarting folks like it was going out of style. Hubba-hubba-hubba indeed !!!