Give ’em Hell, Malone is a noir throwback film that is going to be premiering at Cannes in a couple of weeks, and we here at Screen Rant have the first trailer for the film [WARNING: it’s a red-band trailer, strictly for adults only!!!].

The film stars Thomas Jane and Ving Rhames, as a private dick and a gangster respectively, each on the hunt for a suitcase containing a mysterious secret which (if I’ve understood the trailer correctly) will instantly remind noir-lovers of the classic noir film, Kiss Me Deadly.

Star Wars fans pay special attention while you watch the trailer: there’s a little symphonic Easter-egg buried in there just for you guys.

Two things I instantly like about this movie: first, the fact that the guy locked in the trunk of the car says “Suck my Sinatra,” (1:55); second, the side-boob shot of actress Elsa Pataky (Snakes on a Plane) (1:38). Yum.

give em hell malone 3 Violent First Trailer For Give em Hell, Malone

The lovely Elsa Pataky plays the femme fatale in Give ’em Hell Malone.

Seriously though, am I crazy or do the characters in the trailer keep referring to what’s in the briefcase as “the meaning of love?” If that is the case (no pun), then Give ’em Hell Malone really is going to be like a modern-day version of Kiss Me Deadly, which famously had the box containing what was basically Armageddon inside of it. Classic.  The meaning of love would kind of be the antithesis of that.

This trailer may have also given me my first official catchphrase of 2009: “Next time there’s a new guy, tell ’em to let the big, bad, black muthaf@#%a go.” Double classic.

Give ’em Hell Malone was written by Mark Hosack and directed by Russell Mulcahy (Highlander). It also stars Chris Yen, French Stewart, Doug Hutchison, Leland Orser, Eileen Ryan, Gregory Harrison and David Andriole. It’s currently slated for release some time in 2009.

What do you think of the first trailer?

Source: You Tube via AICN

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