Sylvester Stallone plays hitman Jimmy Bobo, who along with his partner Louis Blanchard (Jon Seda) get caught up in a plot involving corrupt cops and gangsters. The two are hired to kill a cop, Hank Greely (Holt McCallany), who is blackmailing Robert Morel (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), the new gangster in town. All goes as planned until Keegan (Jason Momoa), Morel’s hired gun, shows up at a bar Bobo and Blanchard are celebrating at. He kills Blanchard and tussles with Bobo, but retreats when he’s unable to finish him off. Detective Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang) arrives in New Orleans from Washington D.C. to investigate Greely’s death. He deduces Bobo’s involvement and the two tentatively agree to work together to discover their partner’s killer. Kwon disapproves of Bobo’s shoot first ask questions later style, but the duo have made it further together than they would have apart. Things heat up when Bobo’s daughter, Lisa (Sarah Shahi), is taken hostage and Morel plays his final hand. Can Jimmy save his daughter, get the bad guy and avoid arrest from Kwon in the end?
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10. The Great White Hype – Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump) penned this comedic satire of professional prizefighting. Samuel L. Jackson is well cast as a ‘Don King’-like promoter who represents the champ and looks for a big angle to sell the next fight. Damon Waynes plays a comical version of Tyson with a real life problem, there is no competition for the reigning heavyweight champion. So Jackson digs into the past and finds the last man to beat him. An irishman (Peter Berg) who holds a KO victory back in the amateurs; no matter that the fighter has long since retired. Before long he is coaxed back into the ring for what is being sold as Black vs. White. A strong subtext in the script is the racial war that bubbles just below the surface of the sport. The story climaxes with a big fight the public is eager to see; that the main event is such a non-event it’s even more cynical than it sounds. Shelton’s gift as a comedic commentator on the world of boxing promotion is spot on. Jamie Foxx is very funny as is Jeff Goldblum in supporting roles.
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