After starring in the fourth Die Hard, it is difficult to imagine Bruce Willis to keep making action-packed movies. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still the man, but like Schwarzenegger and Stallion, retirement has got to be coming around the corner. So who is the next rising man of action? Who will make sure terrorists and corrupt politicians don’t take over the world? I believe Clive Owen will be that man.
Though not many British actors get to carry that flaming torch of American might, Bond being a chiefly English hero, I do believe Clive has got what it takes. The man himself has been in many movies, but none of them were as awing as Sin City. King Arthur may come close, but even that film did not seem to reach the ranks of Gladiator.
Sin City however put the man in a light that I have never seen. A raging alcoholic with a soft spot for old dames. Not only does this movie exhibit an extreme amount of graphic violence, it also gives off that whole noir feeling that audiences always love if done just right. There’s also the fact that a majority of Clive’s role in the movie is played around sexy ladies with intimidating guns. How myth-like is that? If he was any more manly, he would be drinking gasoline to get drunk.
A film that preceded Sin City was Children of Men. Of course, this film is not intended to be that heart-pumping action thrill ride. Nevertheless, this commentary on the wickedness of the West’s management of global affairs both abroad and home gave Clive credibility as an excellent performer.
Again, he’s the alcoholic, stressed individual just trying to get by when he’s confronted by an ex. She wants him to get a refugee out of the country. He does this by escorting the refugee through prison camps and war zones. Though this may not be the typical action flick, it is certainly not devoid of violence and shock. It’s the type of movie that gives character to actors.
Since these two films were made, Clive has better established himself as a formidable performer and will soon be seen in Shoot Em Up. I’m not too sure of the plot-line, other than he’s defending Monica Bellucci from irritating hit-men. Again, Clive’s spoiled with the luxury of getting a rather naughty scene with Monica’s mesmerizing self.
When I saw the preview I could not remember a time where I’ve seen so much exhilarating action that wasn’t played by an American. The soundtrack also lends a hand to the excitement of it all. Whether it’s a good movie I remain skeptical, but it has got to be better than Smokin’ Aces at least. A movie like this shows that Hollywood is recognizes Clive Owen as a symbol of tough ruggedness that American audiences crave.
And if Sin City 2 does indeed go into production, I foresee Clive’s stock going up a hundred points. Not only will a Sin City sequel have the same raw violence as the first, but it will be centered on Clive’s character Dwight McCarthy. Rumors suggest that the film will be based on the A Dame to Kill For volume in the Sin City series. This graphic novel is solely about Dwight McCarthy and explains how and why had had reconstructive surgery on his face. And of course the ladies of Old Town will reappear making the movie an explosive classic.
Bruce Willis, turn in your badge. Clive is on the case.