Outstanding ! What a refreshingly different, entertaining movie! We loved it. Cuba Gooding, Jr. just shines and is fabulous. He has such presence as the disturbed assassin. He really carries off the whole film. Mirren, Dorrf,&the woman who plays the wife of the mobster were terrific also. I admired the unpredictability of the plot. The screenplay was well done. Highly recommended if you want to watch a movie that casts its own mold. Original, extremely well-acted.
Cuba Gooding Jr. is one of the most under-appreciated&under-utilized actors of our time. His screen presence is very strong. I'd love to see him in more movies. Gooding's versatile, and good-looking without being smarmy or smirky. I have just become a big fan after watching him in this movie.
Pretty good, but I can understand not liking it. 3 1/2 stars. It's described as a relatively mainstream hitman movie, but it turns out to have bizarre subplots. Definitely the movie to see if you're into Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s butt. I think if it was advertised more honestly, it would have attracted viewers who were into the weird combination of sex and violence, and it would have better ratings. The direction is good, the script is good, the story completely unbelievable, even the gangsters are not believable, but the two leads are excellent, and it's fun, if bizarre to watch.Outrageous, preposterous and not believable. But I couldn't take my eyes off the screen! This 2005 film has all my favorite elements - sex and violence. It's also fast paced and exciting and, even though the plot is absolutely preposterous, I had no trouble following the twists and turns and constant surprises. It packs a lot of wallop into its 90 minutes of pure wild story, and I was involved and intrigued the entire time.
Hats off to a great cast too! Helen Mirrin, cast as Rose, is paired with Cuba Gooding cast as Mikey, as the most unlikely couple in the world. Not only is the relationship interracial, but she is 22 years older than him and he is her stepson. The screen sizzles with their romantic interludes and there is no doubt they love each other. To top off the outrageousness of it all, they make their living as contract killers. She just happens to be dying of cancer though and has agreed to do one last job.
Enter the crime lord bad guy played by Stephen Dorff who we first see torturing a man he thinks is having an affair with his wife. His wife, played by Vanessa Ferlito, is the one that he wants murdered and of course it is Rose and Mikey who he hires to do the job. Rose, dressed in black, enters the wife's bedroom with the intent of killing her. But the wife just happens to be 9 months pregnant and Helen and Mikey wind up delivering the baby and running away with the mother and child to hide. That's the basis of the plot and it gets even more outrageous as the story goes on. I loved it because it was different and that it dared to show one particular explicit coupling of Rose and Mike that will long be remembered.
This whole film is not believable. But I didn't realize it until after the film was over. While it was going on, I just couldn't take my eyes off the screen.