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I spend way too much time at the theaters.
I'm a slave to the Hollywood Visionaries.  God help me.


Directed by Paul Abascal & Brian Helgeland

Written by Terry Hayes & Brian Helgeland,
based on the novel
The Hunter by Richard Stark

Starring: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello,
Kris Kristofferson, James Coburn

My Advice: It's up to you.

Rating: out of

Oh, Mel. <sigh> I'd rather see you in Lethal Weapon Nine instead of drivel like this.

Porter (Gibson), is having a really tough day when we meet him in the beginning of his movie. In fact, so tough a day he's having a couple of bullets pried out of his back. That beats my worst day ever.

Feeling unjustly robbed of seventy thousand dollars, he's seeking revenge and sets out to gain his money back. I had a problem with this from the onset. A thief who feels thieved. And not even a nice thief at that. When I saw the movie Gross Point Blank, even though I knew the main lead was dispicable and what he did was reprehensible, he was still such a delightfully animated character I didn't care. I still wanted the lovable loser to win. Not in this movie. Mel's Porter is such a heinous and repulsive character you'll never develop the bond that makes the movie worth watching. If you truly feel nothing at all for the lead, how can you expect to even care what happens next?

The plot seemed slow and the abusiveness exaggerated. There are no surprises along the way and everyone pretty much gets what they justly deserve but, you know what? You just won't care. It's two plus hours of unappealing people in unappealing situations complaining about unappealing things. I think, for me, that sums it all up.




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