When I decided to do a top 5 list of Colin Farrell I went to an unofficial movie expert. Marcey of SuperMarcey.com and I are considering doing a vs battle, Colin Farrell vs Jeremy Renner. First I decided to do a top five of Colin Farrell movies simply because I’ve watched so many recently going into this potential comparison battle. I do agree with two of Marcey’s five movies, The Recruit and Hart’s War but I rank them differently.
5. Alexander/Fright Night Remake
4. Hart’s War
3. Total Recall
2. The Recruit
Granted, Alexander was not a really good movie but it showed Colin’s versatility as an actor. He was willing to do whatever it took to make the movie at least somewhat historically accurate. For women who simply like Colin for his looks, well, Alexander does claim Rosario Dawson’s character on their wedding night even though his character is in love with Jared Leto.
Fright Night was certainly better. It was darker than a lot of his other things. I reviewed the movie already. Once again this is a film both for fans of the vampire movie genre and for people who find him attractive. Who wouldn’t want Colin nibbling on them?
Hart’s War is another period piece for Colin. He plays Lt. Thomas Hart who is a second year law student in a Nazi Concentration camp. Once again for the looks brigade he is naked for part of the movie but nothing is seen, unlike in Alexander. For those who need more than that it’s the story of a black soldier who is on trial within the concentration camp for killing a white soldier. Bruce Willis plays a colonel who names Hart as the soldier’s legal counsel, only everything he tries Willis shuts him down on as if he is trying to purposely skew everything against Hart’s client. Luckily in Hart’s favor it comes out that the colonel is the one who killed the other soldier.
Total Recall is a wonderful vehicle for Colin to show cases his action star talents. This is not your mother’s total recall, (as I realized since the second time I watched it was with my mom) because Colin is a spy from the colonies of the Britain. Only unlike in the Recruit, he doesn’t know it. He’s brainwashed to think he’s a factory worker and married for seven years. The woman, Laurie played by Kate Beckensale is a police intelligent officer who has only known Colin’s character, Doug for six weeks. Despite the chancellor’s protests, Laurie chases Doug the entire movie trying to kill him. Laurie drops a great line when she says, “What can I say, I give good wife.” Hauser, Colin’s other character/personality leaves him clues as to who he is because he knew he was going to be captured.
The thing that gets me is why was Laurie so possessed to destroy Doug/Hauser? Was it because despite his going rogue the Chancellor still favored him? Or was it because she was jealous/angry because he simply didn’t crumble when he realized the woman he was conditioned to love wasn’t really the one he loved? She certainly used that to her advantage when she tried to draw Melina, (Jessica Biel) out. “Have you kissed your little girlfriend yet? Hope she doesn’t mind where your lips have been.” Which of course makes Melina jump out of their hiding place and starts shooting at her; eventually Laurie even takes the guise of Melina to try to kill Doug but when he realizes she doesn’t have the scar that he and Melina share he ends up killing her.
The Recruit is fast catching up with SWAT as one of my all-time favorite movies. It what they say, ‘a cat and mouse thriller,’ and had so many ups and downs I thought I was on a roller coaster. I like Bridget Moynahan and of course Al Pacino is a legendary actor. From what I can understand from Marcey he didn’t have a lot of decent movies in the 90s at least since The Devil’s Advocate (my opinion) but this one was amazing. The twist was who was who is the actual double agent? With Colin being such a bankable actor I didn’t see it coming because they kept changing the situation or changing the game. Everyone suspected everyone else and it was a crazy ride that leaves me wanting to watch it as much as I watched SWAT and I’ve had to replace that DVD three times.
SWAT is my favorite movie and is jam packed when an amazing cast! Colin Farrell, Jeremy Renner, LL Cool J, Samuel L. Jackson, and Josh Charles are amazing actors and in the case of most of the actors I’ve been a longtime fan going back to the 80s/early 90s with Goldie Hawn’s Wildcats (LL Cool J), Dead Poets Society (Josh Charles), and Johnny Suede (Samuel L Jackson). One of the reasons for this being my favorite movie is because crime drama is one of my favorite genres. I have my BA in Social and Criminal Justice and it’s a long time love of mine. I love the story though. A SWAT team made up of people the ‘paper pushing punk,’ is what Samuel L Jackson’s character Hondo calls the Captain I believe can’t stand ends up being ‘his team,’ because they are also the best. Colin is a former Navy Seal who refuses to sell out his partner, Gamble, (Renner) when he disobeys the hold and shoots through a hostage to nail a bank robber. It’s a flesh wound through the shoulder and was completely intentional. He sees nothing wrong with sacrificing a little flesh to get the job done. He’s gone off the deep end and everyone knows it. When he won’t quit Gamble see this as a betrayal and they have a small altercation in the locker room. Colin’s character, Street stays and takes his punishment working in the gun cage where his former team mates, Boxer and McCabe (played by Charles) tease him unmercifully and pretend like he wasn’t one of their best operators. We don’t know at first that Boxer’s sister Lara is Street’s girlfriend even though there is a little joking interaction about Boxer’s mustache. Lara seems to take his demotion hard and leaves him using Boxer’s truck to do it.
Hondo though is friends with Lt. Pulaski who took up for Street when Gamble disobeyed the hold. So apparently he has heard good things about him and he gets him to be his driver as he looks for a team. Hondo is given Boxer and McCabe and told to pick three freshmen….only problem is that the Captain gets the final approval. Hondo is pleased with Boxer and McCabe because he has supervised them before. He picks Deacon Kaye, a beat cop who works South Central because they share a similar attitude; he’s the only one that Captain Fuller fully endorses. Hondo also picks Street and a cop from traffic named Kris Sanchez. He likes Sanchez because they have to do the interview at the hospital. They see Sanchez partner watching a prisoner and Hondo ask, “Sanchez do that?” He responds, “Yes sir.” Street is looking over the file while Hondo muses out loud about how he likes Sanchez already and wonders what Fuller’s problem is. Street snickers, “He’s got a couple beefs here.” When they open the curtain Hondo thinks he’s in the wrong room and Sanchez thinks he’s IAD. She says, “I’m tired of these bs complaints because some vatos doesn’t like being thrown to the pavement by a woman.” Hondo can’t believe she did it herself and proclaims the guy had at least a 100 lbs on her, “all brawn and no brains, you didn’t answer my question.” So she is picked to be on their team and then Hondo finally snaps at the captain that he wants the team he picked. He finally gives in and tells them that Hondo and Street will be fired if their team fails and he claims they will.
Unfortunately for Captain Fuller, Hondo does exactly what his friend Lt. Pulaski asks him too. He puts together a hot dynamic team. When a high level international terrorist is brought down by a broken tail light on his uncle’s car, an uncle he just murdered, they are the chosen team to take down the people trying to help him escape. Of course they are the team who ultimately has to come up with the plan to get him to the federal prison. Which is thrown into all kinds of chaos when the terrorist offers 20million to anyone who can get him out of there; Los Angeles has a lot of gangs who try to get him out. He’s only closely successful attempt is when McCabe joins with Gamble and they have what McCabe thinks is a simple snatch and grab. Only Gamble shoots Boxer claiming he’s going for his gun. McCabe doesn’t believe him. They leave Street (Colin) handcuffed to the car while Boxer bleeds out. Street knows Boxer will die if he doesn’t do something so when McCabe answers Hondo’s question, he shouts, “Officer down,” and they make a huge U-turn so they can get Boxer an ambulance. Sanchez and Kaye stay with Boxer while Hondo and Street go hunting. They eventually reunite with their team and track them through the sewer. Fuller swears that Hondo’s team is involved with Gamble because he can’t contact them on coms. Gamble is a little worried when his bomb doesn’t go off and that’s because Street was a Seal who worked with bombs. He locks them in the sewer and Gamble uses the claymore to blow the gate off so they can get out. Hondo tries to tell Fuller that they followed Gamble out on this side and orders them to stand down. Hondo refuses and says that he would but “a Lear jet is about to land on the Seventh street Bridge.”
Everyone rushes to get to them but ultimately it’s the Hondo/Street led team who secures the prisoner. Street and Gamble have a knock down drag out fight in the train yard and Gamble is killed by a train. Hondo quips, “Looks like you need a Band-Aid,” and Street smirks, “Someone downstairs needs a body bag.” Truth is Gamble and Street both tried to kill each other and aside from the train the fight scene was set up to appear as if it could go either way.