The Big Hit

The Big Hit


Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray

Joker killer movies are so hard to maintain. Especially in Hollywood, where irony starves from lack of recognition. When Melvin (Mark Wahlberg) hauls carrier bags into the suburban home he shares with girlfriend, Pam (Christina Applegate), you are supposed to chuckle at their contents. Melvin says they are cuts of deer for the freezer, when actually they are gangster parts, waiting for dismemberment.

The second resistable gag is that Melvin is a polite young fellow, who only wants to be liked. His day job is a professional hitman - "Does that pay well?" "Sure, I make a killing."

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A teenage Japanese American (China Chow) is kidnapped, which causes problems because her dad is a buddy of the local black godfather. Naturally, the girl fancies Melvin and ends up handcuffed to him, while cooking a kosher meal for Pam's folks. What the film attempts has nothing to do with pratfalls. Che-Kirk Wong was brought over from Hong Kong to direct.

He is from the next generation of John-Woo-inspired action specialists. The gun battles have a terrible destructiveness. As for the characterisation, only Lou Diamond Phillips, as Melvin's two-faced sidekick, has any idea of comic timing. Elliott Gould, as Pam's alcoholic father, is too embarrasing to mention and Wahlberg won't be knocking on Nic Cage's door for any reject superhero roles.

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2001
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The double life of a hitman is played for laughs and destruction.
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Director: CheKirk Wong

Writer: Ben Ramsey

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate, Avery Brooks, Bokeem Woodbine, Antonio Sabato Jr., China Chow, Lainie Kazan, Elliott Gould, Sab Shimono, Robin Dunne

Year: 1998

Runtime: 90 minutes

BBFC: 18 - Age Restricted

Country: US


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