Give 'Em Hell Malone

WSR Score3.5
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In Give 'Em Hell Malone, Malone (Jane) is a private eye with a reputation for being tough he can't be killed. Sent to retrieve a briefcase from a seedy hotel, Malone walks right into a trap set by the city's most notorious crime boss. Bullets, fists, and blood fly as Malone battles the hulking Boulder (Rhames) and an army of thugs to protect the case, its mysterious contents, and a bombshell client (Pataky), who may be more trouble than she's worth. (Gary Reber)

Special features include interviews with Thomas Jane, Elsa Pataky, and Doug Hutchison (HD 19:35); the trailer; and previews.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture is terrific with its stylized imagery and saturated color palette. Resolution is wonderful, with finely rendered imagery and close-ups that reveal very fine facial features and object textures. Contrast is well balanced with deep, solid blacks and excellent shadow delineation. Particularly appealing are the bright, vivid colors that pop off the screen. Dimensional depth is impressive as well, enhanced with the production design and lighting effects. Some of the scenes are visually incredible, with blacks, reds, and blues contrasting. Fleshtones are generally natural in appearance but at times appear slightly pale. The picture is pristine as well. While there are some inconsistencies in quality, overall, this is a very colorful and visually dynamic picture. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is highly energized, with tremendous transient punch during shootouts and virtually every violent action event. The action loudly shouts out with dramatic directionalized sound effects that ricochet from every imagery surrounding surface defined by the soundfield. Atmospheric effects are effectively positioned throughout the soundfield, to convey a "you-are-there" feeling. Bass extension is deep and powerful, with below-25 Hz energy reproduced by the .1 LFE channel. The bass provides an effective low-frequency foundation to the soundtrack. The orchestral music score is well recorded with a wide and deep soundstage and sounds nicely dynamic. The music extends deeply into the surrounds, and along with the sound effects creates a pleasing holosonic® soundfield. Dialogue sounds slightly forward but generally feels intimate and is always intelligible. This is an exciting and aggressive sonic experience that won't disappoint. (Gary Reber)