New on Blu-ray: Give’em Hell Malone

New on Blu-ray: Give’em Hell Malone

There have been many attempts to recreate and modernize the 1940’s detective film, but most fall flat; Give’em Hell Malone ranks a few levels above that. Malone (Thomas Jane) is a private eye with a reputation of being so tough he can’t be killed. Hired to retrieve a briefcase from a seedy hotel, Malone walks […]


There have been many attempts to recreate and modernize the 1940’s detective film, but most fall flat; Give’em Hell Malone ranks a few levels above that.

Malone (Thomas Jane) is a private eye with a reputation of being so tough he can’t be killed. Hired to retrieve a briefcase from a seedy hotel, Malone walks into a trap set by the city’s most notorious crime boss. To protect the contents of the case a bombshell client (Elsa Pataky) that can be nothing but trouble, Malone battles the hulking Boulder (Ving Rhames) and an army of thugs.

The picture attempts to evoke a Will Eisner style, using ‘40s detective language and ‘50s cars; the men wear suits, ties and fedoras, and the women are in high heels and A-line skirts. The feel is right, going as far as to only use revolvers instead of automatic weapons. Furthermore, Jane delivers the lines like a classic gumshoe, managing to avoid being laughable for the majority. The one improvement would have been a grainier aesthetic to match the gritty atmosphere.

Sadly, even though a lot of effort was put into the appearance and sound of the movie, the actual plot is lacking. The story has several twists, but the connections and motivations are not concrete. In addition, the femme fatale is not very genuine and the villain is a cheap imitation of Batman’s Two-face. With a cast wholly capable of pulling off this style of film, it’s unfortunate they didn’t have better material with which to work.

Special features include: interviews with Jane, Pataky and Doug Hutchison.