But suddenly he simply must take a chemistry test and cannot go with them. See full summary ยป Martin Blank is a freelance hitman who starts to develop a conscience, which causes him to muff a couple of routine assignments.On the advice of his secretary and his psychiatrist, he attends his 10th year High School reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (a Detroit suburb where he's also contracted to kill someone).

Particularly the part where John Cusack is using the frying pan to put his point across to the bad guy on the kitchen floor. I thought it took cues from 'Blue Velvet', with its uncommon blend of humour and ultra-violence.

I read that parts of the dialogue were contributed by Cusack and a couple of [real-life] school friends, though cannot confirm this.

It's believeable though - for example when he meets the legal guy propping up the bar at the re-union.

His offering of the pen, the aside that Cusack should 'read the cap' and asking to use the funny quip - 'they all seem kinda related' - must have been based on a real person. Minnie [cab] Driver, Joan Cusack and Dan Ackroyd personalise their performances very well. The music was an oddly enjoyable mix and the fight sequence with the pen was the most realistic (and exhausting) I'd seen.

It was the attention to small detail which swung it in the end though.

Cusack's buddy's coke-fuelled, paranoid banter was spot on ("Jenny Slater, Jenny Slater") as was the burning the fingers on the furnace, to name just two random details.

The effect of this, is that they all add up to a movie which you can enjoy watching many times.

He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.

A political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President.