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The Big Hit

Melvin Smiley (Mark Wahlberg) is a typical mild mannered polite young man with two women who take advantage of him.  But when an assassination is ordered this quiet unassuming young man from the suburbs becomes a part of The Big Hit.

Because this is a comedy about hit men there is an immediate comparison to Grosse Pointe Blank with John Cusack, both are hit men and they each have a conscience. The Big Hit, however makes no attempt at sanity or reconciliation.  It is an over-the-top spoof of murder and mayhem with poor Melvin Smiley torn between his need to be loved and the need to make money to satisfy the two women who he desires.

Director Che-Kirk Wong learned his craft in England and returned to his home in Hong Kong in the late 1970s.  His direction could be marked as a silly foolish over acted over special effected drama.  It is so over done and ridiculous that it probably has the staying power to become a cult film.

This action comedy makes little sense, the four young hit men Mel (Wahlberg), Cisco (Lou Diamond Phillips), Crunch (Bokeem Woodbine) and Vince (Antonio Sabato) are very efficient at work, because Mel is willing to do all the dirty work and put himself on the line while the others play it safe in the background.  Mel is so insecure he needs to show his hit mates what he can do so they will like him.  Christina Applegate is the blond greedy girl friend who' s mother (Lainie Kazan) frowns on Mel because he is not Jewish.  Her father (Elliott Gould) is a closet drinker who likes Mel because Mel can not bring himself to refuse a drink to the man who may become his father-in-law.

Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) is the underworld leader who assigns the hits for the four young fools.

After much success, it all goes bad when the four young men decide to do a little work on the side and end up kidnaping their boss' god child.

This dark comedy works at certain levels, it is not high comedy or great drama.  The absurdity brings delightful guilty giggles and laughter.

The Big Hit may not be a worthy film but it is one that brings raucous silly comedy to the screen.

It is rated (R) for violence and some nudity.

 
Frank
Chris
Linda
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The Big Hit
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B- 

 
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