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The Big Hit (1998)



Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 5

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Kirk Wong directed this comedy actioner about mild-mannered, beleaguered hitman Melvin Smiley (Mark Wahlberg), who very much wants to be liked. However, the naive Mel is being taken advantage of by both his girlfriends and associates (who cheat him out of his bonuses). Mel and his "Odd Squad" -- Cisco (Lou Diamond Phillips), Crunch (Bokeem Woodbine), Vince (Antonio Sabato Jr.), and Gump (Robin Dunne) -- work for Paris (Avery Brooks), head of an international crime cartel and a contractor for hit


Action & Adventure

Ben Ramsey

Mar 6, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (23) | DVD (17)

The Big Hit is nothing more, or less, than a big goof.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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...crude and bloody but effective action comedy...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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As low- intelligence entertainment goes, this film is very much a hit-and-miss affair.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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In its non-A-list way, The Big Hit is the most successful attempt yet to transfer the Hong Kong action movie to Hollywood.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Score it big-time inane but a load of fun.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The characters in these movies exist in a Twilight Zone where thousands of rounds of ammunition are fired, but no one ever gets shot unless the plot requires him to. The bullets have read the screenplay.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The script, by rookie writer Ben Ramsey, is among the most disgraceful screenplays ever to be produced by a major studio.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

The Big Hit should be titled The Big Miss. That?s a really bad pun, but it?s better than anything in this movie.

January 8, 2004 Full Review Source:

This frantic black comedy is one long obscure joke.

May 30, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

If you often find yourself defending the types of movies offered by Jerry Bruckheimer and Joel Silver, here's an affably dumb little action/comedy that should easily hold your attention.

January 15, 2003 Full Review Source:

...a confused mess...

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Aside from everything else it does, The Big Hit proves that any subject matter can be funny, in the right hands.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Unfortunately, despite a promising premise, the film never manages to be much more than an adolescent exercise in caricatures, so inappropriately broad in its humor that it almost makes Airplane look like a documentary.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Muito estilo para pouco conte˙do.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

...vacant and ill-conceived...

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Wong shows he can do a capable action/humor juggling job. If only he had a funnier script to work with.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Delivers the frat-boy goods but its coarseness and vulgarity limit its appeal to relatively undemanding audiences.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...there [are] as many awful moments as good ones...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

One of the funniest movies to come along in awhile.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

I've designated it as a rental simply because despite some gunplay and effects sequences, it won't lose anything on the small screen.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Big Hit

Melvin: The truth is, I can't handle the idea of her not liking me. I can't handle the idea of ANYBODY not liking me.
Cisco: Hey Melvin, the hundred or so people you've killed in the last five years, more than likely have families that don't think too highly of you.

I Always have fun watching this movie, a hit-man comedy that is self-aware, never taking itself seriously, and full of some cool action.

Mark Wahlberg is a "nice" hitman, who just wants everyone to be copacetic. He has money problems due to his fiance and his bloodsucking girlfriend. Other subplots involving the discovery of masturbation, acceptance of different religions, and kidnapping, what a joy.

The action scenes go back and forth between very cool and ridiculously over the top. More random humor to follow as well (all signs point to the tracebuster-buster).

Cisco: Well ain't that a bitch... All I wanted to do was to sail my boat, man, you know? Navigate by the stars, see dolphins race alongside, you know, maybe even kill a few of them.

The cast also includes Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate, Avery Brooks, and Elliot Gould, further fueliing the absurdity.

Paris: What would you do to someone, who was fucking with you in your own house?
Cisco: I'd bust some caps!

My absolute favorite Guilty Pleasure movie, even more so than Starship Troopers.

Melvin Smiley: Technically, you can call me a hitman.
Keiko Nishi: Really? A hitman? Does that pay well?
Melvin Smiley: Oh of course. I make a killing.
September 21, 2008

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Hollywood failing once more in trying to replicate Hong Kong action/crime flicks.
February 26, 2008
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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Hey Hey!

Now that Ive FINALLY got the DVD, I can do a proper review!

Man, they dont make them like they used to. All the overblown, adrenalin charged action scenes, the grace and beauty not just in the choreography but in the number of bullets and explosions one can throw in. Those were the good ole days, and along with movies like Face Off, Broken Arrow and Replacement Killers, this sorta ventures into the Action/Comedy zone, and does pretty well, I loved it.

I guess this is the movie which bought Mark Wahlberg into the action genre, playing the too nice hit man, in contrast to the devilish Lou Diamond Phillips, who was hilarious as the out of control killer.

Aside from the director Kirk Wong (Crime Story), the movie was produced by John Woo and Wesley Snipes, so the action shines, and not too much fancy pants stuff, just some slick moves and fight scenes and interesting comedy moments, some which were stolen from other movies, but of course, who gives a F? im having too much fun watching it.

And for all action/Hong Kong style fans, so would you.
January 25, 2008
Khris N

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An explosive comedy. Well, it isn't all that explosive, at least by today's standards, but it is pretty hilarious.The story isn't all that great and it is fairly stupid at times. But, it is this story that sets up the comedic elements for this film. This is one of those films where it's on the borderline between being a comedy or being a serious action flick. Unfortunately, this film has just a little too much ridiculous comedy that takes away from the seriousness of this film. This movie would have definitely benefited more from being an action adventure rather than a comedy.The acting is OK at best and I think it is due to the fact that there are a little too many characters for a short 90 minute film. This is one of the earlier films of Mark Wahlberg and you can see that his acting isn't as mature as his latter movies like The Italian Job. I would love to say that the star of the show is China Chow because she is damn beautiful, but the real show stealer is Lou Diamond Phillips. He portrays his character nicely and his performance is memorable. One of his greatest roles. Another thing about this film is that they market this film at having Antonio Sabato Jr. as one of the co-stars. Well, he is in the film for the first 15 minutes then he disappears. Do not watch this film if you just want to see him.The action in this film comes in the beginning and the end and it is pretty explosive and entertaining for this type of movie. There are lots of shootings and explosions to go around.Give this film a try if you want to see a comedic action film. Just don't take it seriously because this is The Big Hit, not The Big Lebowski.
October 3, 2007
JY Skacto

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