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Jackal, The, Ian Lamont (Jack Black)

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Film: Jackal, The (1997)
Deceased Character: Ian Lamont (Jack Black)
Archetype: Ambivalent (Minor)
Killed by: The Jackal (Bruce Willis)
Killed with: insanely big gun

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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 23rd Jun 2006

Kindly submitted by Marko

Working as a sub-contractor, Lamont has designed the swivelling, rotating base on which the Jackal's big assassination gun is to be placed upon. Now, far be it from me to tell the Jackal how to go about his assassination attempt (I am but a humble film buff, not a hitman), but I would have thought that discretion would be a big part of his business. This is something his 1,000,000 rounds a minute gun simply cannot provide, although, in fairness to it,  it does make for a cool special effect sequence at the end of the film (i.e. lots of explosions). Alas, I digress.

Lamont is invariably the creator of his own demise when he chances his luck by casually threatening to rat out the Jackal to the authorities (Lamont had the blueprints for the gun's base) if his fee was not increased. This, as anyone with even an F in media studies would know, is a movie no-no as we are all well aware that open displays of avarice in a film generally leads to your death rather quickly.

However, the Jackal seemingly agrees to Lamont’s demands, but asks to test out the equipment first. Lamont agrees and takes the Jackal out to a remote location (where noone else is) to test the gun mounted on the said base. I am sure you know what is coming, but Ian is oblivious to the threat. Having tested out the gun on a large water melon, the Jackal proclaims that the targetting system is out.

Little does Ian know that he is about to experience the results of his craftsmanship first-hand. The Jackal looks coldly at him, and tells Lamont to run for his life, so he can test out the auto-tracing system. It can't be easy to run with your trousers full of excrement and after about forty paces the Jackal yells at Lamont to "stop!" which of course made him freeze in his tracks. To test the precision of the newly assembled gun, Lamont is told to hold out his pack of cigarettes, which the Jackal targets with his sophisticated laptop interface. The suspense builds as Lamont shakily holds out the smokes.


A round of depleted uranium goes off, blasting Lamont's hand in a bloody shower of glory. "I told you it was off", the Jackal mutters to himself, proving that his initial assessment of Lamont's handiwork is justified. Lamont staggers back in disbelief and agony at this turn of events (i wont make the joke about the gun mounting cost an arm and a leg), and tries to move towards his car a final, futile attempt to escape his tormentor. He finally leans against an the motor car when the Jackal shoots off some more rounds to finish him off. I say a *few* more rounds, but he must have fired more rounds into Lamont than would be normally used in a small war. Suffice to say Lamont is splashed to the four winds, and is undeniably dead.

This is easily one of the more disturbing scenes of violence in the film. While it was reminiscent of Murphy's (q.v.) spectacular death scene in Robocop, it was nowhere near as visceral, but still gory in its own right.

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This review has 4 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
A good writeup of the death, although one minor nit: the car Ian staggers towards isn't an abandoned one, but his own automobile.
Comment 2 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Doesn't the car explodes as well, if I recall? (although I seem to recall him lying on the ground in that shot, so he was probably already dead)
Comment 3 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Doesn't this need to be 'Jackal, The'?
Comment 4 by 'rick berson' (reply to this comment)
why does bruce willis get pissed when the gun is off by 3 mm when richard gere later confirms that the gun is meant to be off by 100 bullets before it ever hits the target? contradiction?