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The Specialist

posted Sep 4, 2016, 2:18 PM by Viktor Zólyomi   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 2:18 PM ]
The 1994 movie that made plastic explosives and showers famous, The Specialist, follows retired CIA operative Ray, played by Sylvester Stallone, who uses his explosives expertise to carry out hits on people whom he thinks deserve to be put down. When he is hired by a woman called May, played by Sharon Stone, to avenge her family, Ray ends up facing the entire Miami underworld and his former CIA trainer Ned Trent. And that, right there, is the reason why The Specialist is on this list.

James Woods portrays what is arguably the biggest highlight of the movie, psychopathic explosives expert Ned Trent, to absolute perfection. Ned functions as the main antagonist of the movie despite that he technically works for the head of the Mafia. His wicked one liners, delivered in style, steal the show and make you love him and hate him at the same time. A truly old school 80s style villain in a 90s movie. The Specialist also features some very creative scenes involving the use of plastic explosives, going with the theme of the film.

Needless to say a movie like The Specialist is fantastic inspiration for a world of black comedy crime fiction and Con City has certainly benefited from both the sleazy elegant nut job Ned Trent and the movie as a whole. That particular character who was greatly influenced by Lethal Weapon's Mister Joshua certainly seems like he learned a thing or two from Ned Trent as well.