Snappy title, sounds like a film from the 70s. Give Em Hell Malone is one of those high octane action flicks that gives us just enough plot to move us from action sequence to action sequence. Most of it is gunfights and brawls as Malone, accompanied by a hot chick(of course) demolishes bad guys in search of fellow tough guy Ving Rhames, and the top crime boss. Like I said, not much plot. It's not about plot though, it's about action, and very comic bookish action at that. It's done with that highly stylized computer slow-mo bullet crap and whatnot, as to be expected. Sometimes the movie is like watching somebody play a shoot em up video game, like in the opening scene. The movie's obviously got it's tongue in it's cheek, and it shows as in a running joke that has Malone visiting his mother in a rest home every time he's shot so she can remove the bullet and patch him up. Of course there's a smoking hot, deadly Japanese samurai chick too. Thomas Jayne is always good for the macho action tough guy, more so than a lot of guys who pass themselves off as action stars these days. Not a role that requires much in the acting department, but he's definitely got the look, as Roxette would say. The whole thing has a noir type vibe with Jayne and Rhames decked out in snazzy old 30s attire and Jayne narrating like an old hard boiled detective.
The film was directed by Russell Mulcahy, who has dazzled us with flicks like Highlander, the giant wild boar on the loose epic, Razorback and Scorpion King 2. And lets not forget the masterpiece Highlander 2: The Quickening.
Though Give Em Hell Malone tends to use a lot of the cheapo modern day action film tricks and gags that make me hate today's action films so much, and also the fact that there isn't one original bone in it's body(it's so shameless in it's ripping off of Sin City and Kill Bill), I was still quite entertained by it. Very odd. For mindless action, it's about as mindless as it gets, yet it still seems to be a cut above many others.