Give 'em Hell Malone is a movie that focuses more on style than substance and there are plenty of times when I prefer style over substance in my films. When I watched Give 'em Hell Malone I was really looking for some good, wholesome entertainment. While Give 'em Hell Malone was far from wholesome it was entertaining and it was the kind of bloodbath I was looking for on a Sunday night.
First off the style of this movie is entirely anachronistic. There are cell phones, newer cars, and modern nursing homes, however, the major players all seem to have dropped right out of the 1940's with the way they dress. Even more confusing is Ving Rhames character who dresses like a classic private detective from a late 1940's film but drives around in a 1969 Mustang. Then again the entire world that the characters are operating in seems to be just as confused as to what decade it wants to be in as the characters are. That might be the writer and directors idea of making everything seem a bit more chaotic and decadent, or I am just looking too much into this element.
Moving right along with the movie. Thomas Jane is Malone. Malone is a tough guy and a hired gun/detective. A lot of people want Malone dead but a lot of people are scared of Malone. Rumors are he ripped out the heart of the man that killed his family and then ate the heart. Not a guy you want to mess with and to prove that point he kills about 25 people in the first 5 minutes. You have Evelyn as the classic damsel in distress, or is she. Ving Rhames is Malone's rival and goes by the name Boulder, an apt nickname given the physical size of Ving and given his general attitude in many of his characters. Marcellus Wallace, anyone? Then we have a psycho Japanese girl that likes sharp objects and a jittery firebug that carries around a zippo and a can of kerosene. A lovely cast. Behind the scenes of it all is a crime boss named Whitmore. He wants what Malone has and he wants it real bad. Enough to unleash a sadistic girl with lots of knives and swords and a maniac with a can of kerosene onto the city to get Malone.
The real reason you should watch this movie is because it presents itself with all the grit and lack of a hero like a neo-noir film and then combines it with elements of movies like Dick Tracy and other comic book inspired movies and then supercharges it with some kerosene, bullets, scotch and enough horsepower to cause global warming. The film tries to offer a deeper meaning at times but in the end that really isn't what the movie is about. This movie is about Malone, giving them hell.