The Way of the Gun

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Who the hell does McQuarrie think he's conning? Go tickle somebody else's ass hairs, pal.

Most people who make films are clearly delusional. Somehow, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie wanted to make a film with unapologetic criminal protagonists because it was anti-Hollywood and would make a statement about reality. What reality is this guy living in? Oh yeah, that must be the reality where this would considered a good film.

Was McQuarrie off the planet when "Pulp Fiction" was released? I just saw an Australian film called "Chopper" that was about an unapologetic criminal anti-hero who's not punished for his actions. In fact, he became a bestselling author in real-life. Who the hell does McQuarrie think he's conning? Go tickle somebody else's ass hairs, pal.

As if "The Usual Suspects," which McQuarrie wrote but didn't direct, wasn't confusing enough. This movie has more plot twists than a Ted Kennedy biography. You need a map just to keep track. As far as I could figure, Parker (Ryan Phillippe) and Longbaugh (Benicio Del Toro) kidnap this pregnant girl, Robin (Juliette Lewis), with the idea they'll extort some money from a rich guy because Robin is just serving as the birth mother. Then they find out the rich guy is really some nasty criminal and their plans start to go awry. Joe Sarno (James Caan) shows up and explains to Longbaugh that they ought to just pack it in. Sarno is like this zen bag man who's so good that nobody seems to be able to do anything to him.

Without detailing more of the plot, let's just say that everything is resolved during a big gun battle or two. That's pretty much the film -- guys blasting away at each other. There's not much to care about. There's nothing about the story that's interesting. The characters may not apologize for their actions, but McQuarrie might consider it.

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