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The 100




Big Hit, The
(1998)
Reviewed by Randal Chou
Rating: 8 Beans

et's face it, John Woo is the king when it comes to doing action sequences, but when it comes to plot, he falls short. Such is the case in his latest movie, The Big Hit. What started out to be a testosterone packed, kick everyone's ass film, quickly evolved into a painful experience. The openeing hit sequence was phenomenal. New and original action sequences that I had never seen before fascinated me. But after that the movie went down faster than the Titanic.

The acting was apalling. Marky Mark Whalberg (Boogie Nights, The Funky Bunch) plays a hitman who is a simp. You just want to beat him like a dog. He lets all of his women and "friends" walk all over him. Who would buy that type of character as a hitman. "I killed you, but you know I'm really sorry about it." No, that just doesn't happen. Then there's Christina Applegate (Married With Children) apparently back from the grave. She despereately tries to do a stereotypical Jewish accent, which is phonier than her mother's and her father's put together. In fact, the only redeeming actor in this film is Bokeem Woodbine (The Rock). He plays one of the four main hitmen, who is obsessed with masturbation, because it is "low maintenance." He is good for quite a few laughs. But acting wise, he is the only real reason to see the movie.

As for the plot, there are just too many "coincidences." For example, a minivan full of hitmen go over a cliff and crash, and only the main bad guy survives. And he of all people was sitting in the front passenger seat. I don't think so. Or, how about that same bad guy, just happens to escape being crushed by a car, by jumping in a near by lake. Of course this is not seen by the viewer until later in the movie. When they decide to show him escaping. Apparently to fill more time. And what type of idiot expects the public to believe that four elite hitmen would be so messy when taking a person out. Just bodies all over the place, then a "hey let's blow up the enitre floor." Just doesn't happen. Hits are supposed to be kept as quiet as possible.

To sum up...You'll probably only enjoy the beginning and ending fight sequences, so go see this movie as a matinee, or maybe if you can get a student discount. Don't waste your money otherwise.


Other reviews for this movie:

Jason Coffman
Nathan Johnston




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