Starring: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, Deborah Unger, Lucy Alexis Liu, Kris Kristofferson, David Paymer, William Devane, Bill Duke

Directed by: Brian Helgeland

Produced by: Icon Entertainment International

Distributed by: Paramount

Genre: action/adventure

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Review by Xibo Date seen: February 6, 1999
Viewing Location: Lafayette, Indiana Grade: A+
Summary: The best movie of the year 1999!
Mel Gibson goes around shooting everyone and blowing things up for two hours on a wild mission of revenge to get back at the people who tried to kill him. The film is shot in almost "Film Noir" style, with Mel doing the voice-over narrative as if it was some sort of detective flick. The direction is great, and the action is incredible. Mel Gibson is, of course, very much in his element when he's running around and kicking ass, and that's what this movie has him do. He plays a con man fighting other con men, so there's no good guys in the film, but that doesn't seem to matter. It just gives him license to be extra ruthless. I had a great time, I'm probably going to go see it again. I found no flaws in the film, and a lot of the lines are so quotable they'll probably be part of my repertoire for years to come.  

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