Pierce Brosnan is outstanding as an international hit man falling apart at the seams in Richard Shepards dark comedy THE MATADOR. Brosnan, riffing on his success playing the very well groomed and genteel James Bond and Remington Steele, stars as Julian Noble, a no-longer-noble hit man who spends his free time getting drunk and chasing impossibly young skirts. In Mexico he meets Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear), an average Joe trying to land an important business deal. Jealous of Dannys simple life, Julian becomes friends with the Denver suburbanite, who married his high school sweetheart, Bean (the very good Hope Davis), but lost his young son in a terrible accident. One day at a bullfight, Julian tells Danny what he does for a living, but Danny doesnt believe him until Julian shows him an example of his expertise. But when Julian asks Danny to help him with his next assignment, Danny is dead-set against it, and ready to end their brief friendship. Little does he know that he has not seen the last of the rather unique hit man. Writer-director Shepard, whose previous work includes the indie films OXYGEN, MERCY, and THE LINGUINI INCIDENT, shows a deft hand for offbeat comedy in THE MATADOR, a very funny movie with a razor-sharp edge to it. Brosnan and Kinnear make a great duo, the latter the straight man to the formers reckless abandon. Shepard keeps the laughs coming with huge titles announcing the different locations as well as with a brilliant soundtrack featuring songs by Tom Jones and Asia in addition to the Jam, the Killers, and the Cramps whose Garbageman anchors a hysterical scene involving Julian, a can of beer, a pair of Speedos, a hotel lobby, and a shark.
Making Of Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Director Commentary, Alternate Opening
Release Date: 10 July 2006
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Running Time: 96 minutes
Production Year: 2005
Main Language: English
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An excellent and unexpected follow up to Pierce Brosnan's Bond Movies
One of Brosnan's first movies after leaving the Bond franchise, his role in The Matador is amazingly different to the Bond character he created.
Essentially, he's playing a very simialr role, that of an international hit man. But any similarities stop there. He plays Julian Noble who is like the deranged, Big Mac eating, Margharita swilling older brother of James Bond.
Julian Noble: I am a big fan of the "Everybody's got to pee" theory of assassination.
He loves and hates his work and he's in the middle of a crisis of confidence, paranoid and almost schizophrenic in his ability to complete, or not complete, a hit. Meeting a salesman in a bar in Mexico is the point when he decides to just tell someone the truth about what he does. But something like that can't be unsaid and the two of them have a bond (<-- see what I did there?) that they can't just walk away from.