Allan heads to a bar after a fight with his wife and strikes up a conversation with another patron, Jonas. Creating a hit list during his drunken stupor, Allan thinks it is all a joke until the next morning when bodies start piling up.
Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jonas), Cole Hauser (Allan), Jonathan LaPaglia (Det. McKay), Ginny Weirick (Sydney), Drew Waters (Mike), Sean Cook (Brian), Michael Papajohn (Agent Ford), Brandon O’Neill (Estacado).
The Hit List begins with some character introductions, followed by some brief background, leading to plot setup. Once Allan and Jonas meet things get more interesting as Allan’s hit list is created. The next morning when Allan finds out his boss has been killed things really get moving as the murders start to come fast and heavy. The film finally ends with not one, but two Happy Ever After endings; hugs and kisses when the drama is over, more hugs and kisses in the ambulance, and if that isn’t enough there is even a sequel setup included.
Gooding Jr. did nicely in this one but at times his cold blooded killer persona came across as simply detached. Hauser was a bit soft in the beginning but seemed to embrace his role more as the film went on. Weirick felt inexperienced and lacked sincerity in several scenes. LaPaglia did okay, as did Waters, Cook, Papajohn, and O’Neill.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good but somewhat bland and uninteresting. Action scenes were pretty good with a fairly realistic feel throughout. Dialogue was entertaining with the best line, from Gooding Jr., being “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”, borrowed from Charles Bukowski. Sound was good but the soundtrack was something of a mess with bad pop-rock sounding tracks from various artists.
Maybe The Hit List doesn’t sound like a hit, and it isn’t. Despite that the film is a fairly entertaining action adventure with an interesting plot and subtle twist. Fans of the crime action adventure genre should enjoy this one.
With plenty of violence and some foul language, this should be fine for older teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Crime Action & Adventure
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