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Watched this last night via Netflix (Blu-Ray).


I felt it was a poor attempt to replicate (but in color and with more graphic violence) the film noir films of the 40s/50s.


I was not impressed with the acting or the dialogue, and the character of Malone's mother was dumb to me. Also, Matchstick reminded me of a poor attempt to copy Ledger's Joker.


It seemed that in its efforts to mimic the hokiness of some of those films, it unintentionally ended up being hokier than all of them. If it had been done more as a satire, I think it might have worked better. But it failed both as an imitation and as a satire, IMO.


I see that DVD Talk says "Skip It" re: both the DVD and Blu-Ray treatments. I tend to agree.


(I had queued it based on the positive Blu-Ray review at DVD Beaver of this film I hadn't heard of.)


Did anyone here have a largely positive reaction to the film?
 

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Too bad, because Thomas Jane is a very good actor. This Malone movie was horrible, horrible, horrible. I somehow watched the first 20 minutes, then fast-forwarded it to the end. Thomas Jane was terrific in Stander, but the directing and script of Malone was so awful it was a waste of film and everyone's time. It was like a big budget home movie in very bad taste.
 

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Directed by Russel Mulcahy, the man who showed so much promise with HIGHLANDER, but who has just crashed and burned almost every time since (Ricochet kicks ass, but that must have been a fluke and that was last century).


Funny how Highlander starred Christopher Lambert, who has been in three Mulcahy films.... and Thomas Jane looks a lot like Lambert, but is a better actor who, uh oh, is starting to look as if he will follow Lambert's career path.
 
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