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5.0 out of 5 stars Last Good Mickey Rourke Movie!
The last great performance by Mickey Rourke (check out the original bad boy pimp in The Pope of Greenwich Village, Angel Heart, Diner & Barfly)...Couple of observations though, the film has the production values of "Family Ties"...don't expect an operatic "Scarface" type Gangster film. The oddball casting and stylistic touches win you over in the...
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Bullet is a stylish mix of vindictiveness and vengeance. It voyages into the dark underworld of two men who share a bitter hatred and grudging respect between one another. It elucidates of just what it takes to survive on the streets of reckless drugs and vengeful gangs. And while it may appear as being your average gangster film with nothing more to it than a number one...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last Good Mickey Rourke Movie!, Dec 6 2003
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Fernandinho (Jackson Heights, New York United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bullet (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)
The last great performance by Mickey Rourke (check out the original bad boy pimp in The Pope of Greenwich Village, Angel Heart, Diner & Barfly)...Couple of observations though, the film has the production values of "Family Ties"...don't expect an operatic "Scarface" type Gangster film. The oddball casting and stylistic touches win you over in the end, from the soundtrack to some of Julien Temple's wierd angles. This film must have been written when Mickey was high on heroin, some of it is straight on Mickey Rourke Bad Ass, some of it like the dysfunctional jewish melodrama is out of place. Still everybody should check it out, for a couple of reasons, #1)Its the second film Julien Temple works with a major music star who ends up dying just a year later (Temple directed Sid Vicious in "Great Rock and Roll Swindle")#2 Adrien Brody in a really wierd role, Brody actually worked with Mickey on "Thin Red Line" but Rourke had his scenes cut from the film, its amazing that Brody has gone on to become an Oscar winner and Rourke has since become a character actor. #3 Tupac's Slick Rick impersonation is hillarious...I think also Pudgey guy worked with Tupac on Juice...don't quote me on that one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not A Cookie Cutter Action Flick, July 26 2003
This review is from: Bullet (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)
This is a straight to video classic that I rented several years ago. It's good to rediscover it on DVD. If you're not a big fan of Hip Hop, don't let Tupac's presence in the film scare you off. There's plenty of dark humor and macho fight scenes to appeal to a broader demographic than just rap enthusiasts. Most of the dark humor is supplied by Ted Levine who portrays one of film's craziest Vietnam War veterans since Robert Deniro's Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. Fans of Silence of the Lambs will remember Ted Levine's performance as that loveable genital tucking women suit making serial killer who was always making people rub the lotion on the skin. Ted is equally crazy in this film and will have you laughing at his lunacy. When you throw in a midget, a character named Franky Eyelashes, and some great Barry White tunes, you got yourself a great original guy flick to watch with your buddies. The DVD is lean on extras but includes wide/full screen and unrated/rated R versions of the film. There are some behind the scenes interviews with Mickey Rourke, Tupac, and recent oscar winner Adrien Brody.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Thug Life films ever made, but misunderstood, April 8 2003
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Marcel McGuire (Massillon, OH United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bullet (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)
This has to bee one the tightiest hood movies I ever saw in my day. When I first saw it by when it was released on video back in 1997 (when 2pac was pursumed dead or alive)personalily I was moved by it than my cusins who disliked it rationaly. It was reminding my of the environment I was living when I was only in sixth grade at the time when the east and west coast war was unfolding. The story of the movies main character "Bullet" is something I can relate to emotionaly.
"MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD"
Butch "Bullet" Stein (Mickey Rourke)gets released from prison after a eight year sentince he took for a close ally from the neighborhood and hooks up with his little brother Ruby who is a highly talented piantist,and childhood friend Lestor who is a big male gigalo. When Bullets Prison nemmenis Tank (2pac) who wants revenge one him for shanking his eye out when they in prison finds his back in the neighborhood all hell breaks loose. Bullets back to shooting smack and has a death wish. Bullet and his thugish homeboy paddy are at war with Tank and his crew and are in a power struggle that they can resolve by an ultimate sacrifice.
BULLET is one of the most underrated films on thug life ever made and nerver made the theaters. It has a handful of supporting actors in including Bullets schizofrinic vietnam vet brother Louis who defenitly stills the show and 2Pac who has the best lines throuhout the movie. One of Mickey Rourke's best performances since YEAR OF THE DRAGON and is cooler than cool.
The DVD has a R-rated and UNRATED versions of the movie. The unrated has extended footage of a guy getting stabed in the eye with blood swirting out and a extra footage of a sex at a nightclub. If your from a prilvidged background you wouldn't understand the moral values of the story being told. I recommed this film along with JUICE,TAXI DRIVER,STATE OF GRACE AND TRUE ROMMACE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars criterion quality, all priceless, Jan. 29 2003
This review is from: Bullet (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)
An important and contemporary film about street life to be sure, but there's something magical about Bullet. First of all, you'll never see anything like this again, Tupac: gone, Mickey: just different these days, and Wahlberg played "Big Balls". You can tell, that things just came together to make an incredible film. Little details of realism and humble, masterful performances. For example, even character interaction with "Big Balls" is given careful attention. Bullet says in a caring way "how you doin Big Balls?". He treats Balls with respect because Balls says exactly what he feels (and is not afraid - hence "Big Balls"). Even after Balls says "none of this ...happened until this crazy ... showed up" Bullet is calm and doesn't take it as a personal attack, he just sits there and let's them yell it out. Bullet is afraid of no-one. Neither is "Tank" (Tupac), and "men love to hate". So the story goes. It's not just drama, (I hate drama) it's priceless nuance and good filmaking. If you enjoyed New Jack, Menace2 or Sugar Hill, Bullet will blow em away. You'll be touched, but don't let that stop you. Don't miss Bullet.
As for the storyline: Bullet (Mickey Rourke) gets out of prison and the very same day, exacts revenge on Tank (Tupac) by robbing some of his smack customers and stabbing one his dealers in the eye. From there, we go through family and interpersonal dysfunctions of Bullet and his foemen. There is more tragedy than optimism, so be warned. One thing fer sure, you'll never shoot smack.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You can learn a bit from this movie, Jan. 24 2002
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This review is from: Bullet [Import] (VHS Tape)
This movie would be great to show in any high school or college sociology class. Bullet gives a graphic portrayal of how life in a "normal" middle-class family can go very sour when even one family member turns to a life of drugs. Unfortunately I think that Mickey Rourke plays the role of Bullet too well and acts a little too smooth suggesting that a life of drugs will make you smooth as well. Immature high schoolers and even college students might even feel encouraged to engage in drugs because of his role. While some people would feel that a movie of this type would discourage young people from experimenting with and turning to a life of crime and drugs, it usually has the opposite effect. Especially when they make the drug addict look "cool". Middle-class youths from suburbia often have a need of some sort of danger or excitement in their lives. The instructor showing this movie should point out that Bullet travels to the projects to engage in his criminal activities. Bullet's family is not poor, he has a loving mother and father, but yet he feel's that he must travel to the dangerous parts of town. Most people living in the poor parts of the city can only dream of living in a safe suburban town. The instructor should focus on the irony of this whole scenario. While people living in the mud hole would do anything to get out, people on the beach willingly dive into the mud hole. Overall, I like this movie very much and feel that it was very well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE REALIST AND BEST MOVIE EVER MADE ABOUT THE STREET LIFE, Dec 25 2001
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Greg (Cleveland, OH) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bullet [Import] (VHS Tape)
This is the best films I have ever seen. It is a damn shame that a film with such an excellent story line never made the theaters. Bullet has great music from vivaldi and Barry White that make the scenes very powerful and touching. Mickey Rourke plays the part of Butch "Bullet" Stein great. I love his laid back personality in the movie even though he is a heroin addict. Tupac also plays his part of a drug dealer really well and I know some people are dissapointed that he has a small role in this film but you shouldn't like this film just cuz Pac is in it. This film really shows you how a family can be destroyed by a life of drugs and crime. This is my favorite film and I can't describe in words how good it is and how powerful and touching some of the scenes are. We should all try to have Bullets laid back personality because that's what makes Mickey Rourke so great in this movie. Mickey Rourke cowrote this film as "Sir Eddie Cook" which is a name that he goes under as a writer which really shows you how talanted he really is to make such a great film. Hey also was the music supervisor for the film. I love all the scence in the movie but one of my favorites is when Bullet his younger brother Ruby and friend Lester get high while they are driving right after bullet gets out of jail and the Barry White song "Never Never Gonna Give You Up" comes on. That song is just perfect for that part. Any one who says this is a bad film really doesn't understand movies and the message that directors and writers try to get across to people. These people critize because they could never create anything like this and are flat out ignorent so don't even pay attention to their reviews. Tupac is most likely the greatest rapper ever and a pretty good actor but to all the Pac fans you can't hate this movie because it isn't Pacs best. Hey I love tupac too, but I realized that Mickey Rourke is just the coolest guy ever to do this movie because he is perfect in playing the role of a BULLET.
Like I said I could talk for ever about my favorite movie. Just watch it and hopefully you will understand it a like it too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fady Ghaly's reviews, Oct. 29 2001
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Fady Ghaly (Calgary, Alberta) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bullet [Import] (VHS Tape)
Bullet is a stylish mix of violence and vindictiveness. It fiercely voyages into the dark underworld of two men who share a bitter hatred and grudging respect. It elucidates of just what it takes to survive on the streets of reckless drugs and vengeful gangs with a penetrating intelligence. And while it may appear as being your average gangster film with nothing more to it than a number one soundtrack, pessimistic dialogue and pistol-packing thugs whose only pursuit in life's to blow everyone else's brains away for virtually no reason at all but for the sheer appeal it has to many viewers out there-it isn't. It focuses more upon moral values and the consequences that are made between you and loved ones if deciding to be so careless as to not altering such a perilous lifestyle that's good for nothing but taking away your dignity, everything that you believe in and the person that you once were in whom others so deeply treasured. As it converts you to another one of the filth: a degrading individual in society who seeks out for nothing but the rush of getting high...the rush to dissolve away such tainted afflictions that are of living.
The entire cast was stupendous, for they delivered some of the most powerful and hypnotic performances I have ever seen. I use the term "hypnotic" most notably because of Mickey Rourke's performance that make clear of just how talented he really is throughout depictions of various drug-induced hazes and other scenes that are just as moving. He perfectly essays the smooth roll of an easygoing drug-attic without any values or care for himself or life in general, and who clearly knows where his future is heading. When you realize that he was once a joyous youngster known to win plenty of metals for his talent in baseball, a sport that was evidently a factor to a bright future as perhaps the next Babe Ruth, it becomes clear that shooting up heroin is the only solution for this helpless man's afflictions, and you really feel for him; you share his anguish.
Though such a gloomy and moody picture ultimately has you aware that a "delightful" conclusion is something it won't exactly offer as Butch's probabilities of making it out alive began to slender, the director has him use all the good that is left in him, all that he has become good for, to show to others the life they'll be living if ever deciding to approach what made him the man that he is today. (For instance, though he did not necessarily get along with these two specific students fresh out of high school and new to the hood, rather than giving them the pleasure of getting physical near the end when they had one last encounter with him inside some nightclub, he rolls up his sleeves and, while he shows them of how overpowering things you pick up from the streets are, sternly looks at them with eyes so swollen you would presume he was through hell and back, and it becomes clear of the point that he is trying to make as he tells them that if they do choose to follow in his footsteps, they aren't ever going to make it out alive.) The director doesn't glamorize drugs. Instead, he makes his point and he makes his point well by showing us how destructive they are in this realistic melodrama, and Butch was someone in whom he used to accomplish that goal. Like a chain smoker that now winds up drawing smoke in and out from the hole in his throat which had to be surgically made because his lungs can take no more, you can't help but to recoil away, as those two students found themselves doing; there was real impact there. And while it may have seemed like the director had a weak part as to filling us in to why Butch was sentenced for eight years in prison, he ultimately does, and once you find out, you develop a whole new kind of esteem for Butch and the film.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fady Ghaly's reviews, Sept. 19 2001
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Fady Ghaly (Calgary, Alberta) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bullet [Import] (VHS Tape)
Bullet is a stylish mix of vindictiveness and vengeance. It voyages into the dark underworld of two men who share a bitter hatred and grudging respect between one another. It elucidates of just what it takes to survive on the streets of reckless drugs and vengeful gangs. And while it may appear as being your average gangster film with nothing more to it than a number one soundtrack, pessimistic dialogue and pistol-packing thugs whose only pursuit in life's to blow everyone else's brains away for virtually no reason at all but for the sheer appeal it has to many viewers out there, it isn't. As it focuses more upon moral values and the consequences that are made between you and loved ones if deciding to be so careless as to not altering such a perilous lifestyle that's good for nothing but taking away your dignity, everything that you believe in and the person that you once were in whom others so deeply treasured. As it converts you to another one of the filth-a degrading individual who seeks out for nothing but the rush of getting high, the rush to dissolve away such tainted afflictions.
Though such a bleak and moody picture ultimately has you aware that a delightful conclusion is something it won't exactly offer as Bullet's probabilities of making it out alive begin to slender, the director has him use all the good that is left in him, all the use rather, to telegraph to others the life they'll be enduring if ever deciding to be like him and following such a hazy path that'll ultimately lead you to your doom. Though he did not necessarily get along with two specific characters fresh out of school and new to the hood, he, rather than giving them the pleasure of getting physical near the end when they had one last encounter with him inside a nightclub, rolls up his sleeves and, while solemnly looking at them with eyes so swollen you would presume he was through hell and back, shows them of just how overpowering things you pick up from the streets are, and then, when succeeded in sucking them into the moment, shrewdly admonishes them that if they do choose to follow in his footsteps, they aren't ever going to make it out alive.
What is so unique about this piece is that the director, rather than glamorizing drugs, he makes his point and he makes his point well in this realistic melodrama by showing us what great effects lies beneath such substances, and Bullet was someone in whom he used to accomplish that goal. Like a chain smoker that now winds up drawing in and exhaling smoke out from the hole in his throat which had to be surgically made, you can't help but recoil away.
The cast was stupendous, as they delivered some of the most powerful and hypnotic performances I have ever seen. The word "hypnotic" would most notably stand for Mickey Rourke's performance that are especially noticed throughout depictions of various drug induced hazes, who perfectly essayed the smooth roll of an easygoing drug attic with no care for his own life, and who clearly knows where his future is heading at. His character may have created little confusion at first as to why he was sentenced for eight years in prison, although once you find out you develop a whole new kind of esteem for him and the film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fady Ghaly's reviews, Sept. 13 2001
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Fady Ghaly (Calgary, Alberta) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bullet [Import] (VHS Tape)
Bullet is a stylish mix of vindictiveness and vengeance. It voyages into the dark underworld of two men who share a bitter hatred and grudging respect between one another. It elucidates of just what it takes to survive on the streets of reckless drugs and vengeful gangs. And while it may appear as being your average gangster film with nothing more to it than a number one soundtrack, pessimistic dialogue and pistol-packing thugs whose only pursuit in life's to blow everyone else's brains away for virtually no reason at all but for the sheer appeal it has to many viewers out there, it isn't. As it focuses more upon moral values and the consequences that are made between you and loved ones if deciding to be so careless as to not altering such a perilous lifestyle that's good for nothing but taking away your dignity, everything that you believe in and the person that you once were in whom others so deeply treasured. As it converts you to another one of the filth-a degrading individual who seeks out for nothing but the rush of getting high, the rush to dissolve away such tainted afflictions, if you will.
Though such a bleak and moody picture ultimately has you aware that a delightful conclusion is something it won't exactly offer as Bullet's probabilities of making it out alive begin to slender, the director has him use all the good that is left in him, all the use rather, to telegraph to others the life they'll be enduring if ever deciding to be like him and following such a hazy path that'll ultimately lead you to your doom. Though he did not necessarily get along with these two spoiled brats fresh off school, he, rather than giving them the pleasure of getting physical near the end when they had one last encounter with him inside a nightclub, rolls up his sleeves and, while solemnly looking at them with eyes so swollen you would presume he was through hell and back, shows them of just how overpowering things you pick up from the streets are, and then, when succeeded in sucking them into the moment, shrewdly admonishes them that if they do choose to follow in his footsteps, they aren't ever going to make it out alive.
What is so unique about this piece is that the director, rather than glamorizing drugs, he makes his point and he makes his point well by showing us what great effects lies beneath such substances, and Bullet was someone in whom he used to accomplish that goal.
The cast was stupendous, as they delivered some of the most powerful and mesmeric performances I have ever encountered; most notably Rourke, whose character may have created little confusion at first as to why he was sentenced for eight years in prison, although once you find out you develop a whole new kind of esteem for him and the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Piece of 20th Century Cinema Ever, Dec 19 2002
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Sloth (Kennedy Fried Chicken) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bullet (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)
To describe it in one word....Brilliance. One of the greatest travesties ever bestowed upon this world was the absence of "Bullet" from theatrical viewing. Mickey Rourke is a Jewish hoolum who doesn't play by the rules, and he's in the fight of his life against the man he scarred many years ago. Also starring John Enos III as his flamboyant yet loyal confidant Lester. Together, these two modern day poets reek havoc on the streets of Brooklyn, eye stabbing, shooting, and searching for the ever elusive final hit. If you want action, sex, comedy, all wrapped up into a story of a family overcoming addiction...then Bullet is not for you. Words can't even describe this movie's viewing power. You all should thank Christ for Mickey Rourke, John Enos III, and whoever played Bernard and the midget in the film.
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