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Wait a minute - Spoiler Alert


At the very end of the movie, Macklin and Cody say the 'good' guys always come out ahead. Clearly they were referring to themselves but, in my opinion, they could hardly be considered good guys. They may have stolen from mobsters and only killed mobsters but ‘good’ guys they’re not. First, they didn’t know they were stealing from criminals; that was never their intention. Also, when they turned the tables and decided to go after the people who were after them, they didn’t seem to care if anyone else got in the way.

I also found it interesting how Macklin was willing to accept money to settle the score. It didn’t seem to matter that they had gunned down his brother. He only sought revenge when they failed to deliver the payment as arranged.

For the most part I enjoyed the movie but I don’t think making these guys out to be heroes was a good idea. After all, their criminal ways set the whole thing in motion. Naturally, the mobsters were involved in criminal enterprises but Macklin and his bunch wouldn’t have been involved with the mob and his brother wouldn’t have been killed if they hadn’t committed that initial robbery.


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Yeah, there's the matter of the dead, innocent girlfriend, too. I didn't see many tears over that.

I took the comment as ironic, esp. given their laughter.

On the other hand, so many people see "good" and "bad" as relative states to one another, esp. come election time!

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