Can one have one’s cake and eat it? Director Russell Mulcahy thinks you can. His frenetic, hyper-violent period action movie, Give ‘Em Hell Malone, functions both as an over-the-top 1940s style private eye movie (complete with treacherous femme fatale) and as a wicked parody of the genre, with Thomas Jane referencing everyone from Bogart to Mitchum, but ratcheting up a higher body count (and with far more graphic results) than those two tough guys ever had. The comic book style is maintained with a relentless exuberance, and Ving Rhames is a plus as ruthless bad guy, Boulder.

Give ‘Em Hell Malone Russell Mulcahy, director/Momentum

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