This is more like choosing the lesser evil than the best, really; and given that, I gravitate towards Anderson’s most fun film. It’s stiff competition between Death Race and The Three Musketeers, but I choose the former.
BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE:
Laurence Fishburne, Event Horizon
Kurt Russell in Soldier is easily the lead performance that’s most in keeping with Anderson’s style, but I think Fishburn’s work in Event Horizon keeps that film grounded, with a sense of dignity and reputability that could easily have been lost by the time it turns into a gorefest.
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE:
Ian McShane, Death Race
Plays the Morgan Freeman to Statham’s Tim Robbins. Seems to always come across as a badass even when his role really isn’t. Totally game for what was required from him in Death Race… which wasn’t much, really.
Milady steals the queen’s jewels, The Three Musketeers
Milla Jovovich kicking ass in slow motion, stripping down to a corset, rappelling off the top of a palace, and maneuvering through laser alarm tripwires. Laser tripwires… in 17th century France. Come on, no contest.
“Soldiers deserve soldiers, sir”, Soldier
“How do you know they will be back?”
“Because they are soldiers, sir…like me”
“Why are they doing this?”
“They’re obeying orders, sir…it’s their duty”
“Do you know how many they’ll be?”
“17 more, sir”
“You can’t fight 17 on your own. You have to organize us. We’re not cowards. We’ll do as you tell us. We’ll fight”
“Soldiers deserve soldiers, sir”
“But one soldier…against 17? What are you going to do?”
“I’m going to kill them all, sir”
MARATHON SCORE: 54/100