Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Grosse Point Blank (1997)
I first saw Grosse Point Blank shortly after it was released, when I rented it from the local video store. I liked it a lot and later purchased a copy on VHS. But time and media formats move on, so I now own it on DVD. And per the rules of this blog, that means I need to watch the film again. What a hardship :)
Martin Blank is a killer for hire; a profession at which he's very adept. However, his mantra of "if I show up at your door, chances are you did something to bring me there" seems to be starting to wear a little thin for him, and he's contemplating retirement. It's a notion that becomes even more attractive when rival hitman Grover approaches him with a "take it or die" offer to join up with a new "union" of professional assassins.
Unfortunately for Blank, he can't quit quite yet: a job goes awry and he's forced to take on an additional contract with the same employer as a "make good" favour. Said contract takes him back to his childhood home of Grosse Point, and the woman he left without a word on prom night, just as their high school ten year reunion rolls around. It seems Martin's past and present lives are on a collision course. The question is, will he survive the experience?
So obviously from my comments above I'm a big fan of this film. It has a great cast, a fine script with a lot of wonderful deadpan dialogue, and a soundtrack that really scratches my tragically 80s musical tastes.
If you like your humour a bit on the blackly quirky side, Grosse Point Blank should hit the target.