Cast: Mickey Rourke, Kevin Gage, Michael Wright
- The Rourketeer's song
Oh yeah, and "E". That's "E" as in "Ewwwwwww!
Rourke!" I've never understood why in the 80s, he managed to get the
of fame he generated. However, looking at his off screen behavior plus
his choice of past movies (including Wild Orchid, Desperate
Hours, and Harley
Davidson and the Marlboro Man) make it easy to understand why
now mostly stuck in forgettable made-for-video movies. But, believe it
or not, I liked his latest movie, Point Blank. Actually,
that's not strong enough - I loved Point Blank! It
extreme violence and action with the same amount of hilariously bad
cheesy moments. Not since Death Wish 3 have I seen such
entertaining and over the top bubbleheaded action flick. Plus, it also
puts in some attempts at pathos so out of place, it's even more
(when you're not laughing.) I truly believe that with word of mouth,
movie could become a genuine camp classic.
The Texas-lensed movie gets off to a promising start
Joe (Gage), along with other prisoners being transferred by bus to
prison, are freed by a gang with machine guns, resulting in several
having their chests explode in bloody wounds. The breakout has been
by a corporate head named Howard, who was recently convicted over some
illegal money matter. He takes the freed prisoners to his corporate
which are located in a shopping mall. Yes, a shopping mall. Why
a corporation would be located in such an environment is typical of the
demented writing of the four screenwriters. What's even more howling is
that this shopping mall is one of the smallest - and ugliest -
malls I've ever seen. Oh well. Howard and his thugs storm into the
mall, and more torsos explode into flesh and blood (though mostly with shotguns
time, so they aren't just copying the shooting from earlier). The thugs
take the survivors into the food court and hold them hostage, while
makes diversionary demands to the cops outside so he can....um, I don't
think it's ever explained what Howard really wants to do, or why he had
to take hostages in the first place. I'm pretty sure that if Howard
to flee from imprisonment, someone in his position could easily buy his
way out of the country, and not have to take prisoners and not
to hide out in his corporate headquarters' suite (which somehow manages
to be even cheesier and uglier than the mall, by the way.)
What about Joe? Oh yeah. Well, he's the bad brother of
- a former Texas Ranger and a former mercenary and a
military advisor to the Sierra Leone government, and supposed
be 37. Actually, Mickey was in his mid-40s when he made this movie,
he actually looks like he's in his mid-50s. Whatever his age, he still
has his trademark greasy skin and uncombed hair, made worse by working
in the hot sun on his pop's farm. Soon they get word from the cops that
Joe is involved in the hostage crisis, which gets Rudy to drive out to
the mall(*). Somehow, he sneaks by dozens of
in the parking lot, and somehow manages to get on the roof of the
mall. Then Mickey Rourke goes Die Hard! You'd think then
that the rest of the movie - hell, the entire movie! - would be fairly
predictable. Ah, you're wrong! While the movie does more or
follow the pattern of "pickin'-em-off one-by-one", we are treated to a
lot of stuff that is .....well.....original, over the top, and
This movie contains (and is not limited to):
- Mickey Rourke having about ten lines before entering
the mall, being
silent for about half an hour, then speaking only about twelve to
lines in the rest of the movie.
- Awesome stereo sound (really). You can really hear
those bullets fly
and splat into people.
- The same bridge once used in an episode of Walker,
- The typical strong female hostage
(who, of course, has
a best friend who is black - ever noticed how young women in movies
have a black best friend?) who does not at the end become the
interest of the hero. Of course, this is explained by the fact the hero
is played by Mickey Rourke.
- African chants on the soundtrack, despite Rudy's
African past not
having anything to do with this movie.
- Rapid editing and tilted camera angles to
(unsuccessfully) give the
impression that Mickey Rourke knows martial arts.
- Danny Trejo! All right! He's the tall Hispanic actor
who was in Con
Air. He always makes a good heavy, including this movie, where
he plays a convict who likes to shoot hostages close up with his
throughout a hostage taking.
- A woman forced to give a blow job to a gun's silencer.
- The image of Mickey Rourke doing multiple backflips
down a hallway
to avoid the blasts from Danny Trejo's shotgun.
- A tearful scene where the movie tries to get sympathy
for one convict
by him telling the story of he going home early to find his former
officer standing up "with his hard dick" over the convict's wife, with
the convict adding how sorry he is for squeezing the guy's neck,
him 14 times in the heart and then cutting the guy's throat.
- Danny Trejo sniffing coke, then doing his imitation of
Al Pacino by
dipping his face into a big pile of it.
- A flamboyantly gay villain who at one point minces
around the hostages
while saying precious comments and jokes.
- A female hostage asking Trejo for some of that "blow",
her high enough that she takes off everything but her panties, then
a pole dance for Trejo.
- Rourke using perfume as a weapon.
- A victim of a grenade explosion, done with the guy
the air and an explosion sound - and no smoke, flame, or light being
- Electric guitar instrumental ballads during
hand-to-hand or gun fights.
- A guy getting shot in the mouth, which then emits a
huge geyser of
- A bad guy who decides to commit suicide-by-cop. This
is done with
him tearfully shuffling on the roof toward the edge facing the cops,
the soundtrack plays an instrumental of "Silent Night" (it's not
by the way)......then like Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2 at
Cyberdyne, grabs a 7.62 mini gun and blasts the hell out of everyone
everything in the parking lot while screaming.
Well, what are you waiting for?
* The license plate on his car
reads FTW 187.
"187", of course, is the criminal code for murder. And several years
Mickey Rourke made a movie called The Last Ride, which
filmed under the title F**k The World - check the
I wonder if this was supposed to be a joke or something intended by the
producers or Rourke himself. By the way, The Last Ride,
from some beautiful cinematography, is an awful movie. I rented it in
Korea while I was teaching there - and it had the original title F**k
The World slapped proudly (in English) on the cover.
UPDATE: Morgan McNeely had this to say about it:
"'FTW' does mean 'F**k the World' but it's an OLD
biker slang thing. As in motorcyclists...the attitude of the one
percenters & outlaw bikers...hence 'FTW'....Rourke hardly invented
that phrase & I doubt it is a reference to a movie he made but I
believe Rourke is a biker, he rides in several movies...but FTW goes
back to the 50's at least"
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See also: Fallen Knight, City On Fire, Act Of War