War, Inc. - sequel to Grosse Pointe Blank?

I realize I’m probably talking to a small subset of posters, but I’ve been hearing a little about John Cusack’s latest flick ‘War, Inc.’ You can check out a quick plot summary here – for those of you who may have caught Grosse Pointe Blank, does this strike you as some kind of odd, possibly unofficial sequel to that film? Very few reviews I’ve read make note of this, with the exception of The Onion’s, which points out that John and Joan Cusack seem to be more or less playing older versions of their GBP characters. I mainly mention this because I liked that movie, but ‘War, Inc.’ seems to be in limited release (in Los Angeles and New York) so I’m not sure when I’ll have the opportunity to catch it. Anyone seen this yet, or possibly planning to see it?

Sorry, can’t help it, but what is the deal with them being cast for the same movies all of the time? I happen to like John and don’t dislike Joan particularly; but c’mon. Enough already.

You’ve got a point there. Maybe studios get a package deal for hiring both?

Man, I hope so. GPB is one of my favorite movies for some reason. Probably the veritasocity of the fight scene with Benny Urquidez.


I enjoyed Grosse Point Blank, but haven’t seen much of either Cusack elsewhere for some reason – despite their apparent ubiquity. I guess I don’t go to that many movies anymore. Anyhow, another a film of that ilk would be fun, if they could pull it off.

Back on point(e) then. Yeah; without a doubt they appear to be trying for that GPB vibe with this; black comedy involving an assassin? I note with some interest that Dan Ackroyd has gotten promoted from grocer to VPOTUS in the ‘sequel’. Also, still with the Clash/Joe Strummer… a good thing, imo. (I think John had a lot of input in the GPB soundtrack.)

Grosse Point Blank is one of my absolute favourites. Great movie with a great soundtrack and I’m a big fan of John Cusack… so if it’s even remotely lke GPB I’m looking forward to it.

Was that the fight with an honest-to-god side kick in it? If so, it got the opposite of a nitpick from me, whatever that is, for a realistic-looking kick from an actual actor. It looked like it was going to hurt not just the next morning, but for the rest of the day…

At the boys’ (girls’) club level they probably just recommend one another.

I may actually prefer Joan to John, but they are both good actors and I always enjoy seeing them in whatever. Together, they have a really interesting rapport, as can be seen in their brief scenes in “Say Anything.”

It’s called being a producer in addition to actor.

John’s even got a writing credit on War, Inc.

Just looked up the film. Can’t see it in Boston, apparently it only opened in NY and LA? Some buzz says the film sucked, sadly, but I’d certainly see it anyhow, if I could.

They’re brother and sister. Maybe they just like working with each other?

Well if you people aren’t going to let it rest, I’m sure the hell not going to! :)

I am sure they do like working together; and the fact that John is producing some of his movies now would certainly give him extra latitude to make sure his sister is cast for a particular part. I get all that. What I don’t get is why they they insist on doing it over and over? (I also don’t get why it annoys me so much; but mostly what I don’t get is why don’t they see how annoying it is?)

Some directors, producers, or stars make movies with a trusted associate or group of associates over and over. They’re either friends, or they feel they bring something reliably good to the table.

James Cameron has certain people, Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Scorsese, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mamet, etc. In this case it just happens to be a sibling. No big deal. (Behind the scenes there’s a lot of re-teaming with directors of photography, stunt co-ordinators, FX crews, casting directors, editors, etc)

Maybe they…like each other? Having a friend on a movie set probably makes it a lot less tedious.

(I also don’t get why it annoys me so much; but mostly what I don’t get is why don’t they see how annoying it is?)

Why is it annoying? Frankly I look forward to seeing Joan Cusak in John Cusak movies. Of course I looked forward to seeing where Schwarzenegger would stick Sven Ole Thorsen in his movies too. What’s up with James Cameron and Bill Paxton and Jenette Goldstein?

If Joan were a talentless hack I’d care, but she isn’t, so, it’s fine.

I loved GPB probably because it came out the same year I had my 10 year HS reunion and resonated with me. Also had a kick ass soundtrack.

It also featured 4 out of the 5 Cusack siblings in the movie.

Hey, I didn’t even pick up on the fact that Dan Ackroyd was in this too. Wow.

Is it sad than when I saw this thread I immediately thought it was a sequel to this?

Sorry Brian, no idea what that is. Is it a comic book?

Yep, thought it was absolutely terrible and consistently banal.