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Russell Mulcahy

Give ’em Hell, Malone * Russell Mulcahy (2009)

I found this 2009 film between the ‘new releases’. I do not think I ever heard of it. I do not have good experiences with the director, but I only noticed that when I already had the film at home. The cover and the information of the box compare this film with “Sin City“. This is not entirely untrue, but only in part. Malone from the title is a tough cop, a very tough one. In the great opening scene he explains why getting shot is not that bad. While giving his monologue pretty detailed shooting accidents are thrown towards the viewer with a gigantic wink. After the opening titles a story unfolds in which Malone stumbles into a case that soon proves to be bigger than he imagined. Of course he runs into even tougher criminals and with a lot of black humour, blood and violence “Give ’em Hell” makes an amusing film.

Resurrection * Russell Mulcahy * 1999

A friends project it seems. Christopher Lambert (Highlander, etc.) writes the story for a film and asks Mulcahy (Highlander, etc.) to direct it. “Ressurection” proves to be a “Se7en” copy.

Prudhomme (Lambert in the main part of his own film) is a police officer investigating a series of gruesome murders. During the investigation he is contacted by the killer and gets too deeply involved in the case of events. The killer proves to have an agenda based on his strict Christian faith. The film is pretty grim, the killings are shown very gruesome and Prudhomme brakes his mind over the symbolism of the killings. Nothing we haven’t seen before. Also “Resurrection” isn’t as cleverly written as “Se7en” (even though I had figured that one out before the end), so there are no real surprises. Overall an amusing film, but with a bit too high pretentions.