In the Line of Fire
- Genre: crime drama
- Director: Wolfgang Petersen
- Year of release: 1993
Hollywood loves acting duels, especially in sensational action movies. Recipe is simple. You take two charismatic actors and you put them on two sides of the law, for example. Like in the Dark Knight with Heath Ledger and Christian Bale. That's how Michael Mann's Heat worked, where heroes played out by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro had to stand in two separate corners. That's the way it works In the Line of Fire, too. The film may be less well-known and not as deserved, but it's still really great.
Ok, before we get into it, just two names. Ready? Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich (and Renee Russo, who also shines). Titans of action cinema clash in one film. The man who’s a tough guy even when he shows his most sensitive side – and an actor who can go unleash all his fury in a blink of an eye. I’m surprised the universe didn’t collapse during the shooting of this film. The duo is not just about a simple shootout. Moreover, despite the fact that it is a typical action cinema, its inner value is a deep psychological background – playing on the fears and traumas of the main character.
In the Line of Fire, we meet Frank Horrigan – a presidential bodyguard, a veteran tormented by guilt for the death of John F. Kennedy. Horrigan is assigned to protect another head of state when threats from Mitch Leary (John Malkovich), a professional assassin, are revealed.
This film is a bit of a settlement to the trauma that has been plaguing the United States for years – but most of all a thrilling sensational cinema.
If you associate the name of the main character with something, but you didn't want to look at Google, we may help you. The main boss of Fallout 2, the agent of the Enclave, was named after the main hero In the Line of Fire.