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Happenstance Among Gangsters - and Funny to Boot!
on October 7, 2004
TRIGGERMEN is in many ways a spoof of the ever-popular big mob crime dramas. It succeeds as entertainment because of a very smart script with heart, because of breakneck direction by John Bradshaw, and because of the unusually talented cast of actors. Two triggermen (Donnie Wahlberg and Michael Rappaport) have been hired by a wannabe crime boss in Chicago (Louis di Bianco) to 'off' the current big man (Pete Postlethwaite) at Chicago's O'Hare airport hotel. By chance, staying at the hotel are two 'limeys' (Neil Morrissey and Adrian Dunbar) who are small time con artists waiting to make it big. Also by chance these two bumbling lads get involved in the plot to murder Postlethwaite and it is only when the original triggermen discover the mix-up that the action speeds to a funny, quasi-lethal end. Simple tale, but in the telling of it we grow to really know the characters with all of their quirks and ideals that seem odd in men committed to crime. Their is love interest provided by the always fine Claire Forlani and yes, even by the quirky but talented Amanda Plummer. In all a brisk, taut, warm-hearted action flick well worth your time to enjoy.