Martin Blank (John Cusack) is a hit man stuck in a career rut when his 10-year high school reunion gives him the chance to rekindle an old flame (Minnie Driver) and pull off one final job. Things are looking up until his archrival (Dan Aykroyd) joins the party, aiming to blow the competition away.
From the moment John Cusack enters the screen to the ludicrous final shootout, Grosse Pointe Blank is a film that defies all the rules, with an unusually intelligent mix of elegant humor, hardcore action, and that strange melancholic feeling you get, when you look at an old class photo.
The pairing of a charming Cusack and Minnie Driver at her bubbly best, is nothing short of magical. Their scenes together, and the way the film turns into a completely different beast when they’re in the same room, steals the thunder from the rapid fire dialogue and the surprisingly effective, brief explosions of action.
The film’s only flaw, and simultaneously its biggest asset, is the almost careless attitude towards its audience. It’s not the kind of film that will stop to make sure you caught a joke or a clever pun; you need to be on your toes for this. In fact, it’s so persistently quirky that it’s impossible to decode it completely on the first – or even second – viewing.
Audio & Video:
A thin, but not too distracting, layer of grain covers this pleasing presentation. The colors are mostly good, but the image can be a tad on the soft side from time to time. Still, all things considered this is a pretty damn solid transfer of a 15 years old movie.
The sound is also more than adequate. The dialogue scenes are pretty uneventful, but when the action explodes or the music fires up, the soundscape becomes suitably aggressive.
Definitely worth the upgrade from the rusty old DVD.
Not exactly the special edition this cult favorite deserves. The disc includes nothing more than a trailer and some previews – The teaser for Who Framed Roger Rabbit‘s Blu-ray debut being the high point. The disc is region free.
Grosse Pointe Blank is not for everybody, but if you fall in love with it, you’ll do so with a burning passion. You’ll find yourself quoting it endlessly, key ’80s songs will forever be tied to certain scenes, and your heart will sink every time you show it to a friend who doesn’t get it. And believe me that will happen more often than it should.
Extra Features: F