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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Christian Slater
Elisha Cuthbert.
Directors
Frank A Cappello.
Screenwriters
Running Time
95 minutes

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He Was A Quiet Man
Thrill of the kill...


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Plot
An office worker inadvertently becomes a hero when he shoots down a co-worker who's gone on a shooting spree.


Review
He Was A Quiet Man

Christian Slater takes a decent stab at William H. Macy’s patented loser role in this dark comedy about office schmuck Bob Maconel, who becomes a town hero when he shoots down a co-worker who’s gone on a shooting spree.

Elisha Cuthbert is excellent as Bob’s crush, paralysed by a bullet and not at all keen on being alive, while Macy himself watches over proceedings as Maconel’s boss. Slater is suitably creepy and nondescript, as someone who’d much rather have carried out the shooting spree himself, and whose new-found idyllic life crumbles into paranoia. But an enjoyable satire is let down by a third act that juggles too many ideas for its own good.


Verdict
An enjoyable satire is let down by a third act that juggles too many ideas for its own good.


Reviewed by Kat Brown

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A Brave Effort

I could see what they wanted to do with this movie. To portray a man on the edge in his final moments before he loses the plot totally but it just didn't work because there were too many ideas jumbled together. There was no coherent structure. The story became confusing as to whose story this was. Was it MaConal's or the paralysed chick? It could have been an interesting tale told from either perspective but this movie couldn't make up its mind which direction it was going. What about the bitch ... More

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I was pleasantly surprised at the standard of the performances in this film, but I agree they could have been braver with the storyline. ... More

Posted by Miso_Jace at 18:21, 06 August 2008 | Report This Post


Good

The ending seems a little cliched, and unsatisfying, which is a shame as it would have been a much more original film had they seen it through. But Slater is excellent and Macy and Cuthbert lend solid support. ... More

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