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Thursday, July 8, 2010

♣ Top 10 Crime movies – part 2 ♣

5. The Departed (2006)


Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) heads a local organised crime unit in Boston. In order to gain inside information about the police actions, he infiltrates a few of his trusted comrades into the police force through police academy. One of them is Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) who quickly rises to powerful position in police force with his wit. On the other hand, the police chief Oliver Queenan (Martin Sheen) has played the same game on Costello by putting one of his shrewd officer, Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), in the gang. Billy gains the confidence of Costello and soon becomes his left hand. Both Billy and Colin live a dangerous life gathering and transferring the information about plans of the agency they penetrated. Soon it becomes clear to both the parties that there is a mole amongst them. This leads to a cat-and-mouse game where both the groups desperately seek to identify the mole amongst them, leading to ample bloodshed.

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4. No Country for Old men (2007)


No Country for Old Men follows Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) after he stumbles upon a murder scene and a briefcase full of cash while hunting in the Texas desert. He finds several dead Mexicans after what looks like a drug deal gone bad, takes the money and runs. While at the crime scene he finds one Mexican who badly injured and is asking for water. Moss leaves the man to die, but later is overcome with guilt and goes back with water. The Mexican is dead and Moss is spotted by the people who have financed the drug deal. To get their money back they send a ruthless killer to find him. Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) will stop at nothing to find him. The local sheriff, Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) knows that Moss is not really a criminal and tries to find him before Chigurh kills him. Chigurh follows Moss across Texas, into Mexico and back into Texas, killing everyone who gets in his way.

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3. The Usual Suspects (1995)


"The Usual Suspects" stars Kevin Spacey as Roger "Verbal" Kint. The plot revolves around his alleged involvement in a crime, and he spends most of this suspense film explaining to the police his side of the story. He tells an elaborate story of a crime heist gone wrong, where each of his four fellow partners ended up dead. He elaborates on how he initially got involved, the gist of the robbery, and how there was a super-criminal named Keyser Soze who apparently responsible for murdering Kint's partners. The main part of the movie is the visual depiction of Kint's story, but the visual depiction is perhaps hearsay and therefore leads the viewer to wonder how truthful Verbal's story really is. Whether Kint is telling the truth or not is another matter altogether.

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2. Pulp Fiction (1994)


"Pulp Fiction" is actually composed of several "pulp fictions," lurid, overlapping stories that take place in Los Angeles.  Like many of the stories in "Pulp Fiction," this is as much about the characters' conversations as it is about plot: here, this means cheeseburgers and foot massages. Another story concerns Vincent Vega, whom Marcellus has asked to entertain his wife, Mia (Uma Thurman) while he's out of town. They have a great time, but the evening takes a turn for the worst when Mia overdoses on heroin she finds in Vincent's jacket, and he has to save her life so his boss won't take his. In another story, a boxer, Butch (Bruce Willis), whom Marcellus has paid to fix a fight double crosses the mobster, and must escape L. A. However, first he must reclaim a wrist watch belonging to his dead father and inadvertently left behind by his girlfriend. His attempt to do so leads to confrontations with Vincent Vega, Marcellus Wallace, and a gang of pawnshop hillbillies. The final story takes place after Vincent and Jules leave the Wolf. At a diner, Jules confesses that he's recently decided to give up all mobster activities: instead, he'll walk the earth. He also explains why he doesn't eat bacon. Unfortunately, Jules faces a final test, as two criminal lovebirds, Pumpkin and Honey Bunny (Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer) attempt to rob the diner, and he must convince them not to take Marcellus' briefcase without having to kill them.

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1. Seven (1995)


A morbidly obese man is found dead of internal hemorrhages after being force-fed copious amounts of food, and soon police realize that a twisted serial killer is at work. Se7en follows two police detectives as they investigate a series of murders that seem to be inspired by the the seven deadly sins. Jaded and experienced Detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman) is nearing retirement and has been partnered with the young, idealistic and brash Detective Mills (Brad Pitt) for this case. As they follow the unnerving and frightening trail of this strange serial killer, the two detectives must confront the urban decay and apathy of a bleak city and each other over their differences in philosophy and policing style.

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Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (2006)


 Based on Patrick Suskind's masterpiece "Perfume", "Perfume: the Story of a Murderer" tells the unusually smelly life of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw) in 18th century France. Orphaned, then systematically rejected because of his lack of smell, Grenouille slowly realizes his unique talent: he can smell things no one else can and intend to rule using this gift. Sadly he is distracted by the powerfully delightful scent of young girls which he ends up killing. His life takes him across France in search of ways of preserving scents and when he is finally ready to capture the scent of the most beautiful girl in the land, he prepares methodically his killing bouquet. Grenouille, a most talented perfumer, manufactures a perfume for himself based on the killed women scents and ends up killed, in a frenzy of too much love.

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