"The Way of the Gun"
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
Written by Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects").
Starring Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, Taye Diggs and Nicky Katt.
Release Year: 2000
Review Date: 10/1/00
Sadly, the most underrated movie of the year
will be this one, which no one went to go see and I am shocked that
this is the case. Written and directed by the same man who wrote
the classic "The Usual Suspects", the movie follows two career
criminals (Ryan Phillipe and Benicio Del Toro) as they kidnap a
surrogate mother and are tracked by two bodyguards (Taye Diggs and
Nicky Katt) intent on getting the girl back. The story is
surprisingly good, Taye Diggs is a badass and the gunfire is the
loudest I have ever heard in a motion picture. I mean, deafening.
James Caan shows up for a Yoda-like cameo and delivers some pretty
good lines. And, the supporting characters in this movie actually
have something to say, not just things to advance the lead
characters' plotlines. It is too bad that no one saw this
one...but, do yourself a favor and check it out when it comes to
Rating: $8.25 Show
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard