Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Philip Baker Hall, Hope Davis, Dylan Baker
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The Matador|
|Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan) is a hitman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear) is an average Joe salesman whose life has been in freefall since his son died. When the two meet over drinks at a Mexico City hotel's bar, they at first hit it off, until a dirty joke from Julian at an insensitive moment sends Danny away in shocked horror.
The next day, when Julian arrives with apologies and tickets to a bullfight, Danny agrees to give him one more shot. At the arena, Julian reveals his profession and takes the shocked Danny on a step-by-step walkthrough of a hit. The two form a friendship that is abruptly shattered later that day when Julian asks Danny to help him out on a "job" and Danny walks off in a huff.
Six months later, Julian, having earned the ire of his handler (Philip Baker Hall) with a series of panic attacks and botched hits, arrives at Danny's doorstep begging for shelter and help. It seems that Julian's employers are willing to allow him one last chance, by killing a man at a racetrack in Tuscon. Can Danny help him out just this once?
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|Analysis of The Matador|
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Composition of Movie
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 60%
Time/Era of Movie:
- present (2000-2010)
Crime & Police Story?
If this is a criminal POV story...
- killing innocent people
- brunette (Black)
- very short/crewcut (man)
- average (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard straight
- average build (man)
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- a criminal organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
The Americas (not US):
- Dirty, grimy (like New York)
Accounts of torture and death?
- non-gory references to death/punishment
Movie makes you feel...
- full of laughter
How many deaths in film?
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- actual description of sex
- seeing breasts
- seeing nude female butt
- sex under blankets
How much use of techno gadgets?
- 2 ()
Kind of violence:
Unusual forms of death
- Some foul language
If Soundtrack VERY NOTICEABLE...
- Modern rock/pop
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