The Mexican (2001)

Director: Gore Verbinski

Writer: J.H. Wyman (Screenplay)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, James Gandolfini, J.K. Simmons, Bob Balaban, Sherman Augustus, Michael Cerveris, Gene Hackman

 

Plot: A man tries to transport an ancient gun called The Mexican, believed to carry a curse, back across the border, while his girlfriend pressures him to give up his criminal ways.


Tagline – love with the safety off

Runtime: 2 Hours 3 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Adventure Film

 

Story: The Mexican starts when small time crook Jerry (Pitt) is forced to head to Mexico to collect a gun for mob boss Bernie Nayman (Balaban), only this mission goes wrong when he loses the gun and is let stranded in Mexico trying to locate it.

With the bosses not happy that he has failed they send Winston Baldry (Gandolfini) kidnap his ex-girlfriend Samantha (Roberts) to locate him and the missing gun known as the Mexican.

 

Thoughts on The Mexican

 

Characters – Jerry is a small-time crook that has been in the debt of crime boss for years, with his latest and seemingly last chance sees him travelling to Mexico to locate a famous pistol. He has a short attention span which has gotten him trouble before and this is no different, he needs to clean up his own mess before finding himself wanted by the crime bosses. Samantha is Jerry’s ex-girlfriend that gets forced in work with a hitman to locate Jerry against her wishes, she just wants a normal life instead of being part of the crime world. Winston is the hitman that forces Samantha to help him locate Jerry, while learning to expression his own feelings. Arnold Margolese is the man that has been left in jail thanks to Jerry’s sloppy mistakes, he is making Jerry make up the time he is lost.

PerformancesBrad Pitt does bring us a wonderful comic character that plays into the cool persona that he had at the time, Brad mixes both the styles together to make his performance standout. Julia Roberts showed that she was a powerhouse in film during the 2000s, she brings everything to this performance to make her a supportive character. James Gandolfini brings us a twist on the hitman role which is against everything we have seen him play before. Gene Hackman might only have a smaller role, but he makes the most of his screen time.

StoryThe story here follows a clumsy crook who is sent to Mexico in search for a gun for his boss, the gun has a history which many different people want, which drags his girlfriend into the mix as they get caught up in a bigger chase for the gun, letting the two put aside their differences and finding out how they really feel about each other. This story is one that has plenty of twists and turns along the way, like any interesting crime adventure film, we see how Jerry always manages to get himself into more trouble no matter what and how Samantha is always going to be the one that puts him back on the right path. We have a lot of details that are added to create the characters which keeps the film flowing with more information as each scene unfolds.

Adventure/Comedy/CrimeThe adventure side of this film takes Jerry to Mexico where he never feels comfortable or look like he should be there, the crime world shows us just how man people would be after the legendary weapon that the bumbling criminal is set to get. The comedy in the film comes from the actions of Jerry which always make him look out of place.

SettingsThe film shows us how the shady looking street around Mexico which shows just how out of place Jerry looks.


Scene of the Movie –
Leroy changes a tyre.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It could sometimes have too many different subplots going on within the world.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun adventure that shows just how entertaining a crime comedy can be with its multiple different branches.

 

Overall: Fun filled adventure.

Rating

 

 

Virus (1999)

logoDirector: John Bruno

Writer: Chuck Pfarrer, Dennis Feldman (Screenplay) Chuck Pfarrer (Creator)

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, Joanna Pacula, Marshall Bell, Sherman Augustus, Cliff Curtis, Julio Oscar Mechoso

 

Plot: When a salvage crew get wind of an abandoned military ship they go to investigate. Captain Everton (Sutherland) and his crew including Foster (Curtis), Baker (Baldwin) discovers that something happened but they don’t know what. When their ship gets destroyed in an ‘accident’ they have to try and turn the ship back into working order but find out that something is on the ship.

 

Verdict: A dull action thriller

Story: Nothing original gets bought up here in the story which is the usual argumentative group of workers whose greed divides them, but in the end work together to conquer a form of evil they have never seen before. (5/10)

 

Actor Review: Jamie Lee Curtis – Foster one of the crew of the salvage team who stands up against the greedy captain. You would expect a lot better from Jamie Lee as she became a scream queen icon and also became a credible supporting actress in action films, what happened here? (6/10)

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Actor Review: William Baldwin – Steve the good guy on the ship who always survives and makes the right decision. It is always going to be hard to make an impact on the same level as your brother and William shows he is not on the same level as Alec and struggles to keep up with Adam and Stephen too. (6/10)

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Actor Review: Donald Sutherland – Captain Robert Everton greedy captain who wants the ship as he knows how much it is worth and will give up even human life for his wealth. Donald is meant to be one acting icon but he does end up taking some awful roles this is one that you can see his pockets filling as the film roles on. Pay Check Performance Award (4/10)

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Actor Review: Joanna Pacula – Nadia only survivor on the ship and only one who knows what is going on but no one believes her. Good supporting role the only actor who shows any skills as she is trying to make a name for herself. (7/10)

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Director Review: John Bruno – This amateur director struggles to create any real atmosphere in the film. (6/10)

 

Action: A few action scenes but nothing ground breaking. (6/10)

Horror: Not very scary compared to other abandoned ship films (5/10)

Sci-Fi: The idea comes from space but that is as far as this goes.(4/10)

Thriller: Not very edge of the seat at all. (4/10)

Special Effects: Some average special effects in making the creatures cyborgs. (7/10)

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Believability: Potentially as anything could come from space but this is a little bit farfetched to say the least. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: None (0/10)

Settings: An abandoned ship in the middle of the ocean makes a good setting for this horror thriller (9/10)

 

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Suggestion: This is one that should only be watch if it is on television and no one should go out their way to watch this. It offers nothing new to the genre and if you want a mysterious abandoned ship there are some much more entertaining ones out there. (Late Night TV)

 

Worst Part: A cheap last jump scare that doesn’t come off.

Action Scene of the Film: The final showdown.

Kill Of The Film: Nadia

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Similar Too: Deep Rising, Ghost Ship

 

Overall: A poor sci-fi action thriller

 

Rating 58