John Cusack plays Hauser, a haunted hit man hired by the CEO of a private American corporation to kill a middle-east oil lord.
Release Date: 4 September 2008 (Israel)
Director: Joshua Seftel
Cast: John Cusack, Marisa Tomei, Hilary Duff
The corporation are occupying the war torn country of Turaquistan in order to capitalize off the benefits war offers. With the help of left-wing journalist Natalie Hegalhuzen (Marisa Tomei), and outrageous pop star Yonica Babyyeah (Hillary Duff), Hauser battles his personal demons, and various other people too.
The film is an odd mix of genres: part slapstick comedy, part touching drama, part exciting action thriller. But it works. It is often dark, but it is just as often funny.
Before you know it, the film draws you into the mad world of war and makes you love each of the three main characters. Duff, as sexy pop star Yonica Babbyeah, is in particular utterly unrecognisable from the innocent blond Disney poster girl we are used to.
The film is very character driven, and some of the supporting characters, too, are hilarious. Marsha Dillon (Joan Cusack) as Hauser’s secretary/contact is fabulous, as are the characters of the three local filmmakers Hauser hooks Natalie up with.
The way the film is edited together helps to capture and highlight the odd mix of styles; I liked the music used in particular.
This is an intelligent and highly entertaining political film, with outstanding characterization.