The good: he’s stalwart, brave, and dedicated.
The bad: and arguably a home-grown terrorist, or at least a nut with too much glory in his eyes and too much firepower in his hands.
The ugly: he taught me that American movies actually CAN end on a sad note.
Best line: “It's beautiful, man! Beautiful!” – said while firing an M-60 at American National Guard troops.
As previously mentioned, I grew up in a very secluded environment that didn’t often include movies or interacting with others outside of school (where they taught us to communicate by shouting “Shut up!”) and I thought all movies were required by federal law to end on a happy note after all the injustices had been neatly resolved. Upon exiting the theatre, my basic review of the movie was “Can they do that?” It also taught me something about women. The girls at school hated the character and his actions, but when I jokingly offered to buy one a poster of him for her bedroom she immediately jumped at the prospect. “He may be an unbalanced, war-glorying psychopath, but if you look deep inside you’ll see that he’s really hot.”
Which brings us to this guy:
Martin Blank, played by John Cusack
The good: he’s a trained killer able to justify murder for profit (“If I show up on your doorstep, chances are you did something to bring me there.”).
The bad: maybe that was supposed to be the bad thing. I honestly don’t know.
The ugly: he deserted his date on prom night.
Best line: “Hi, I'm Martin Blank, you remember me? I'm not married, I don't have any kids, and I'd blow your head off if someone paid me enough.”
In addition to being a member of the same generation and listening to some of the same music (although he leaned more towards alternative than metal – pussy), we both had similar backgrounds and ideals. Unfortunately, the army does not really find and encourage people with the moral flexibility needed to become assassins, unless in true government form they totally overlooked me and tried to recruit a Red Cross volunteer. Still, Blank is cool. I want to grow up to be him.