The concept of being stripped of your identity and given a new one brings to mind the question of who your master is. Hartman’s goal as a Drill Sergeant was to take all the men and, no matter their previous allegiances, make sure that their master is the United States. Or better yet, the Marine Corps.
The Royal Tenenbaums welcomes us into a fantastical world and then proves to us that it is, in fact, the real world. The Tenenbaum family gets a second chance to make things right, bury the hatchets, and become whole again. It shows us that things like wholeness and reconciliation are possible in a world this ridiculous.
Maybe Driver is distinguishable as a hero in the corrupt universe of Get The Gringo because he is willing to sacrifice himself for the well being of those he loves. On the flipside, one of the lead villains, Javi (Daniel Gimenez Cacho), is specifically out to kill our lead characters for his own benefit.
Hopefully, this isn’t the best Randy Couture movie you see this summer, because Hijacked is a barely watchable piece of semi-entertainment.
I’ve probably been a little too harsh on Just Cause. It is a conventional and perfectly acceptable little crime thriller. It just isn’t as good as a John Grisham story, and it fails miserably at aping Silence of the Lambs
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