We've been dissecting the trailer for "Give em Hell, Malone" for some time now. The film stars Thomas Jane and Ving Rhames that may or may not go straight to DVD next year.
The trailer looks...well, it looks cheap. But I can't tell if it's cheap because it's produced on a shoestring budget, or if it's cheap because it's actually trying to look low budget.
Everything seems anachronistic: The guy is wearing a fedora and drives what looks like a gorgeous '49 or '50 Merc lead sled, but we appear to be in present day. The film also toys with some of the classic film noir elements (hard angles, heavy shadows, lots of contrast) but yet it also appears to have high-speed cameras and effects used in modern-era action sequences. And then the way the trailer was put together - looking like something a fanboy would create on YouTube - makes me think that they're trying to look cheesy on purpose. Or maybe I'm just over-analyzing the whole thing and its really just a crappy film.
Is this art house, grind house or outhouse?
After careful evaluation, I'm leaning toward the latter. The three executive producers on the film - Martin Barab, Patricia Eberle and Oscar Generale - all appear to be small time, low on the Hollywood ladder - type execs. The cinematographer is mostly a cameraman that's done a few TV shows and indi films and even the distribution company, William Morris Independent - is not known for putting out anything anyone has seen.
The fact that it comes out April 1st has me hoping the whole thing is a joke and not really a movie. Then again, I'm drawn into wanting to see it mostly because I'm a fan of film noir and '50 Mercs.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think.