Jackie Brown (1997) 

Jackie_Brown_1997Gatunek:  Kryminał  ,  Thriller | LEKTOR PL

OPIS FILMU: Jest to ekranizacja powieści Elmore Leonarda „Rum Punch”. Film w zupełnym innym klimacie niż „Pulp Fiction” czy „Wściekłe Psy”. Jest spokojniej, kamera nie śpieszy się nigdzie, historia, choć pogmatwana to jednak tworzy spójną i dość jasną całość. Jacke Brown jest stewardessą, która dorabia do pensji przemycając pieniądze dla handlarza bronią Ordella. Policja niestety wpada na trop szajki przestępczej, zaczyna śledzić Jackie… Bohaterka szuka sprzymierzeńca i znajduje go przez przypadek w osobie Maxa, starszego mężczyzny który myśli już o spokojniejszym życiu. Zaczynają razem knuć sprytny i przewrotny plan przechytrzenia i Ordella i policji, a przy okazji mogą uzyskać kupę forsy. Stworzono, w tym dość innowacyjnym jak na Tarantino kinie, wiele ciekawych postaci. Na przykład rola de Niro jako nieudacznika (ciekawe wąsy i zaskakujące postępowanie wobec Bridget Fondy), Fondy jako wiecznie „najaranej” lolitki, Jackson jako bezkompromisowy, ostry gangster. Jednak w szczególności chwalono powrót do kina Pam Grier, królowej filmów tzw. „blaxploitation”, czyli czarnego kina lat 70.

PLOT: Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is a flight attendant for a small Mexican airline, the latest step down for her career. To make ends meet, she smuggles money from Mexico into the United States for Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), a black-market gun runner living in the Los Angeles area under the A.T.F.’s close watch.

Ordell learns that another of his couriers, Beaumont Livingston (Chris Tucker), has been arrested. Fully aware that Livingston will become an informant in order to avoid jail time, Ordell arranges for his bail with bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster), then promptly coaxes Livingston into a car trunk and murders him.

Acting on information Beaumont had indeed shared, A.T.F. agent Ray Nicolet (Michael Keaton) and L.A.P.D. detective Mark Dargus (Michael Bowen) intercept Jackie as she returns to the U.S. with Ordell’s cash and some cocaine that Brown was unaware was stashed in her bag. Initially refusing to cut a deal, she is sent to jail on possession of drugs with intent to sell. Sensing that Jackie may now be just as likely to inform as Beaumont had been, Ordell goes back to Max to arrange her bail.

Max arrives to pick up Jackie at the jail. Only partly masking his attraction to her, he offers to buy her a drink and help determine her legal options. Ordell later arrives at Jackie’s house intending to murder her. She surprises him by pulling a gun that she surreptitiously borrowed from Max’s glove compartment. Jackie negotiates a deal with Ordell to pretend to help the authorities while still managing to safely smuggle in $550,000 of Ordell’s money, enough to allow him to retire.

To carry out this plan, Ordell is counting on Melanie Ralston (Bridget Fonda), a surfer girl he lives with who has little ambition past smoking marijuana and watching TV, and Louis Gara (Robert De Niro), a friend and former cellmate. He also intends to use a naïve Southern girl, Sheronda (Lisa Gay Hamilton). Unaware that Jackie and Ordell plan to transfer $550,000, Nicolet and Dargus devise a sting to catch Ordell during a transfer of $50,000. Unbeknownst to all, Jackie plans to double-cross everyone and keep the other $500,000 for herself. She recruits Max for her real plan and offers him a small cut.

After a trial run, the stage is set for the actual event. In a large shopping mall, Jackie enters a dressing room to try on a new suit. Her role is to swap bags there with Melanie, supposedly passing off the $550,000 under Nicolet’s nose. Instead, the bag she gives Melanie contains only $50,000 and the rest is left behind in the dressing room for Max to pick up. Jackie then feigns despair as she calls Nicolet and Dargus out from hiding, claiming Melanie took all the money and ran.

In the parking lot, Melanie mocks Louis until he loses his temper and shoots her. Ordell asks Louis why he shot her and if she is really dead. Ordell is not satisfied with the answer to either question and grows even angrier when he sees that most of the money is gone. When Louis mentions that he saw Max Cherry in the store dress department and thought nothing of it, Ordell shoots him twice and leaves with the bag.

Ordell figures out that Jackie betrayed him. He turns his anger on Max, who informs him that Jackie is frightened for her life and waiting in Max’s office to hand over the money. A menacing Ordell holds him at gunpoint as they enter the office. Jackie suddenly yells that Ordell has a gun and he is shot dead by Nicolet, hiding in another room.

Receiving the plea bargain and in possession of the money, Jackie decides to leave the country and travel to Madrid, Spain. She invites Max to come along with her, but he declines, preferring to remain at his well controlled life instead of an uncertain life with Jackie in Spain. Jackie kisses Max goodbye, shares with him a meaningful moment, and leaves.