A P.I. movie by way of Mel Gibson’s “Payback” and something out of a Beastie Boys music video via Spike Jonze ala “Sabotage”? Your guess is as good as mine. But I know this: I sure didn’t expect ol hit and miss Russell Mulcahy to be capable of something this seemingly raw and potentially filled with all manner of badassness. Seriously, folks, this is the trailer for the new Thomas Jane movie “Give’em Hell Malone”, where Jane plays a tough as nails P.I. who gets involved with mysterious and beautiful dames and tough guys with guns. You know, your usual P.I. movie, plus lots and lots of blood. And bodies. And explosions. And apparently randomly crashing cars. Wow. I wasn’t expecting THIS!
Here’s the basic plot:
A tough as nails private investigator (Malone) squares off with gangsters and their thugs to protect a valuable secret. Malone goes through hell to protect the information but he dishes some hell as well…
Starring Thomas Jane, Ving Rhames, Doug Hutchison, French Stewart, William Abadie, Elsa Pataky, Eileen Ryan, David Andriole, and the manly named (but very womanly) Chris Yen in a potentially star-making role. She’s the Asian chick featured all over the trailer. FYI: She’s also the little sister of martial arts badass dude Donnie Yen, and apparently can kick ass almost as well as big bro.
Russell Mulcahy (of “Resident Evil: Extinction” blandess and “Highlander” fame) directs.
Okay, so now here’s the bigger, official synopsis from Hannibal Pictures, which CONTAINS POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
MALONE (Thomas Jane) is a legendary hired gun. Some say gangsters killed his family, and tried to kill him, but he was too tough to die. Other stories are worst…much worst, but only he knows the truth. His mythic reputation precedes him, inspiring awe in even the worst criminals. His agent of sorts, MURPH, has sent him to retrieve a briefcase from a five star hotel. A simple job, right? Wrong.
Malone enters the hotel to find a slew of thugs and hitmen waiting for him. He tears into them and finds his way to the case. Angry at being sent into a shootout, he pries open the case to see it’s contents — and is shocked at what he finds. After going to the nursing home where his mom GLORIA patches him up, Malone returns to Murph and demands to know who hired him, but Murph won’t say. Murph in turn demands to know what’s in the case that’s so valuable. “The meaning of love,” Malone says cryptically. Murph finally reveals, after much persuasion, who hired him. It’s WHITMORE, a mob boss as legendary as Malone. He also reveals that Malone is supposed to gie the case to EVELYN (Elsa Pataky), a young blond bombshell, for her to deliver to Whitmore. Whitmore’s men have her brother SAMMY, and they’ll kill him if she doesn’t deliver the case.
Whitmore gathers his best soldiers, including the hulking brute BOULDER (Ving Rhames) and the knife-wielding MAULER and tells them to go after the case. He has no idea what’s inside, claims he didn’t hire Malone, but he has a hunch it contains work visas for a group of immigrant girls he wants to use as hookers in his various sex clubs. They call in MATCHSTICK, a psychotic pyromaniac, to help them, and set out to find Malone.
Malone accompanies Evelyn to the drop-off, an abandoned amusement park, where she finds her brother Sammy tied up on the merry-go-round. Whitmore’s goons appear and the Mauler stabs Sammy. He utters his dying words to Malone, “Forgive,” and a spectacular shoot-out and chase ensues, during which Malone and Evelyn are separated. Evelyn runs to Murph’s house.
Boulder, Matchstick, and the Mauler arrive and kill Murph. Evelyn gets away and finds Malone, and the two of them continue their journey towards a showdown with Whitmore. Everywhere they go, Whitmore’s thugs are right behind them, ruthlessly tracking them. Bullets, fists, and knives fly as Malone wrestles with the meaning of Sammy’s dying words and struggles to protect the contents of the case. Finally, he handcuffs Evelyn to the radiator in his apartment for her own protection, and heads for a showdown with Whitmore in a huge warehouse on the outskirts of the city. But it’s a trap, and Malone finds himself captured and at the mercy of Matchstick and the Mauler. When he escapes, he finds that Whitmore has taken Evelyn, and he teams up with an unlikely ally to head to Whitmore’s penthouse and rescue her.
“Give’em Hell, Malone” is a roller-coaster ride of action and thrills, featuring smart and tough heroes and villains straight out of classic noir. The mystery surrounding the case and it’s contents will keep audiences guessing until the very end. From the director of “Resident Evil: Apocalypse”, Russell Mulcahy, “Give’em Hell, Malone” is sure to please audiences worldwide.