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Plot: Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man.
Runtime: 119 mins Release Date: 17 Nov 2000
Sam Peckinpah is Looking Up Smiling (by BrianWilsonAsauras)
"Way of the Gun" is the best western to come down that perverbial turnpike in a great while. Like the aging cynical worn out outlaws in Peckinpahs Wild Bunch, these modern day anti-hero's whether Old or young realize that sometimes life gives you that one chance. It is up to you to seize it . whether its kidnapping your fortune or giving birth to it we all soon realize that in the end we all come in the same way & go out the same way the difference being on how hard. Although I know I am in the extreme minority "Way of the Gun is a much more complete film than Usual <more>
Suspects it is a metaphor for the careless way we lead our lives only realizing that the one most innocent and beautiful thing is life it self. Bravo Christopher a fine film indeed!!!
Does one usually go into an action film starring Ryan Phillipe expecting to think, expecting to be challenged. I did not, in this case. And so, as I found myself confronted by this extraordinarily cool contemporary crime/western, I was shocked. This has all the makings of a generic film. The philosophical/amoral central team... could've been Pulp Fiction redux. The wise older criminal sharing his wisdom with those below him... If I really went into all the elements of this movie that could've been handled as shameless rip offs of other films, that list alone would take me over 1,000 <more>
words.The brilliance of this film is that MacQuarrie, impressively directing for the first time from his own script, takes familiar elements, tired cliches, and breaths new, inventive life into them. This is a neat hat trick, and not an easy one. Godard did it with HIS first film, Breathless. Tarantino did it with Pulp Fiction. And MacQuarrie does it here. Note that the aforementioned instance is the only place where you will hear a mention of Tarantino similarities in this review. Those who would criticize Way of the Gun as being derivative of Taranton's film are missing the point and not really watching the film.This film reflects an utter familiarity with the conventions of CINEMA. Of the things that go into a great film. Knowing those thigns so well, as Godard did, allows MacQuarrie to become freed enough to work with them, change them, and make them become something knew. It is quite an achievement, and this is quite an awesome film.
The title itself is based on the samurai code Way of the Sword. You live by the gun/sword, you die by the gun/sword. Phillipe and Del Toro's characters are reminiscent of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Wild Bunch, and The Man with No Name. The two say so much without ever talking. Their facial expressions and personal ticks speak louder than words ever could. In a world with seemingly no law, these two men get in way over their heads when they kidnapp the wrong surrogate mother. She just happens to be the surrogate mother to one of the richest men with the most mob contacts. <more>
Violence and mystery ensue as we see there are no heroes. The grand finale is a shoot-out that ruvals that of The Wild Bunch.
I can only comment negatively about one scene in the movie. I thought the movie was extremely effective in building up the intensity of certain scenes, however they used probably their most dramatic and climatic orchestra number for a scene where they simply dumped bags of money into a truck and drove off. My girlfriend and I stood confused as the music built up and built up, then finally climaxed. Didn't make a bit of sense to either of us.With that said- I thought this movie was outstanding. Benicio Del Toro has this presence about him that radiates "coolness", and Ryan <more>
Phillippe did a remarkable job as well with his role. There were scenes in which hardly any dialogue was spoken, yet whole paragraphs were spoken through facial expressions. Thats a testament to the abilities of the actors right there. The double meaning of the game of hearts explanation was fascinating and fun to decipher.Plots twists galore, not a single one of them predictable. The terminology was all new to me i.e. bagman/dejudication I think it was... and it made me feel like I was actually participating in the movie.This is a thinkers movie, and some people may not be in the mood for that. The entirely creative car chase scenes and shoot out sequences are enough to satisfy the most mindless action fan, however.This movie is just cool.
now some of you are wondering what this movie is about. i don't blame you.the title says it all. now usually the title is a cryptic clue, but in this case--it says it all.if you are wondering why devote a film exclusively to gun-play, then ask yourself why devote a summer movie solely to computer special effects.i know most of you are guilty of seeing one of the hot season flicks because your friends said it looked awesome. it's the same motivation for a different audience.i'm an old pro, and let me tell you the action direction in this film is awesome, and i don't use that <more>
word often.this film is a gunfight pasted with story, instead of the other way around. and i believe it shows a director who wanted to direct the ultimate action+editing rendition of a running gunfight.i can only say, that if the director and the technical adviser ever read this statement, you have my vote as one of the best, most thrilling and realistic film gunfights ever. thank-you.
"What are you going to tell God in your defense? I'm gonna say I was framed." (by LeonLouisRicci)
Hard-Boiled Neo-Noir that was mostly Panned and a big Flop. Oscar Winner Mcquarrie Writer/The Usual Suspects now Pens and Directs this gritty, unpleasant, edgy, Violent, and absolutely underrated Movie. This is uneasy stuff, peppered with realistic Gun-Play filled with bloody mayhem. It is all done with wit and without clichés such as Slow-Motion or Shaky-Cam.It is Dialog Driven fueled by Ultra-Violence along a road filled with unappealing Characters, Backstabbers, and Slimy/Greedy Money Men. The most sympathetic is a Bag Man/Cleaner, played with impassioned intensity by James Caan <more>
"You can assume one thing about a broken down Old Man...He's a survivor." .Also the Audience may feel compassion for Juliette Lewis who pulls out the stops here as an about to give Birth pregnant Woman that is central to the Plot. The two Leads pull together and are despicable but if you pay close attention there is a spark of Humanism way down in their Souls. This is not meant to be a good time Movie, but there is some Fun in watching this Stylish display of Gangsters and Street Criminals. A Film that is an energetic, Craftwork that was unfairly dumped on by Critics who must have missed the Originality and Knee-Jerked this into Rip-Off-Land. Not so. This is a somewhat new take and a fresh Story on some very rotten People. A must see for Fans of sharply Written Dialog and spiked up shoot-outs, all done quite well in this blackest of Black Comedies with a Heart of Darkness.
Some films hang on the writing alone. Of those, very few impress. That's because when you commit to the word, everything else must be sublimated. No cinematic flash, no extraneous acting effects, no character for character sake. Just riveting relentless movement.I can only imagine how difficult it is for the director to toe the line on this.Great storytelling. See it. So many clichés are avoided: a bunch of coincidences and unlikely connections add up to a huge artifice that is taken in unlikely directions from the very first crackling moment. 'Usual Suspects' was more clever, <more>
this is more practiced.But not particularly great movie-making. That's because while the storytelling is fresh and unexpected, the eye is not. It is hard to be novel with guns in Mexico -- these images are pretty well-worn. The Butch and Kid stuff is a mite heavy, and to make them gay! So we have here the compliment of 'Snatch,' all story, no image.Caan looks pretty uncomfortable, which is apt.
Love this movie, a true homage to the samurai/western in the classic vein. Dying to know if this is based on an actual samurai story.This really is about the Way of the Gun and a strange path to redemption.*Possible spoilers*The two thugs are thoroughly unprincipled in their broad approach to life. They are willing to kidnap, extort, kill. But in two respects they live by a strict code. You see it both in their dealings with other men of arms, which are coolly respectful, formal and strangely honorable, and in their tactics and coordinated movements in battle, which are as precise as a <more>
dance.*Definite spoilers*The moment that gives away that this will be more than just an action movie is the kidnapping. Suddenly they are not just two petty criminals. They have been trained. Their opponents recognize it instantly. The two teams are matched. They all go through the initial confrontation/battle/escape with cool, ruthless professionalism. From that moment I was hooked.*Big spoiler* But there's more. The big moment of illumination in this movie comes at the end. These master-less samurai are touched by the most basic human appeal to decency: the helplessness of the woman and child. There is a point where they make the move. You can see them deciding that they are switching sides -- no longer serving themselves but something more worthy: protecting the innocent. At that moment they become true warriors again, which is probably what they first aspired to be before falling into crime.I love that all this is conveyed without so much direct talk. There's lots of conversation but it doesn't much touch on the interior thoughts of the Ronin. That's as it should be in a good western or samurai movie.
Unconventional and violent. But a great piece of alternative mainstream film-making (by supah79)
After The Usual Suspect's he was hot. He decided to make Way of the Gun. It was not a success. Is it a bad film? NO, it's not. Will it catapult him into mainstream Hollywood? Probably not, but a movie like this can only be made if your hot. Cause after it's made, you won't be for a long time. I love filmmakers with guts.Way of the Gun isn't your typical Hollywood action-flick. The main character's are sleaze balls, but very hard not to identify with. Everyone in the film has his own agenda and is willing to do what it takes to get the job done. For me Del Toro en Caan <more>
in one of his best roles in years are two reasons why to see this movie. But the script has more to offer like some very funny moments with the two main characters in the beginning of the film and at a spermbank. The direction is steady and uncompromising. Overall this is a dark movie and I love these kind off films in a period when we are bombarded with happy, feel good movies for the whole family. Renegades take notice!!