Thursday, 24 June 2010

My Double bills # 17 Men on a mission

Man on Fire & Point Blank

Lisa: What are you gonna do?
Creasy: What I do best. I'm gonna kill 'em. Anyone that was involved. Anybody who profited from it. Anybody who opens their eyes at me.
Lisa: [Whispering] You kill 'em all -Man on Fire

Billy: At point blank range with the gun pointed at your head, if you can keep your cool, then you are one in a million kid - Point Blank

Two men out to settle scores by any means necessary. Lee Marvin; the prototype mans man and Denzel Washington the modern version. Point Blank is cool and tough in every way and features the marvelous Angie Dickinson. Lee Marvin is out for revenge and woe betide those who get in his way. Man on Fire shows Washington as a man with high values and a 'don't take shit from anyone' attitude once the young girl he is responsible for guarding is kidnapped.

Both films are American but directed by English Directors John Boorman and Tony Scott. Both feature central tour de forces from the leads and both heroes are somewhat anti-heroes yet you are on their side as fundamentally the believe in what they are doing, regardless of who stands in the way of achieving their goals.
Good tough movies, with good tough men.

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