The Big Hit (1998)
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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
Apr 24, 1998 Wide
Mar 6, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Lou Diamond Phillips
Antonio Sabato Jr.
Video Store Kid
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As low- intelligence entertainment goes, this film is very much a hit-and-miss affair.
In its non-A-list way, The Big Hit is the most successful attempt yet to transfer the Hong Kong action movie to Hollywood.
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.
The script, by rookie writer Ben Ramsey, is among the most disgraceful screenplays ever to be produced by a major studio.
The Big Hit should be titled The Big Miss. That?s a really bad pun, but it?s better than anything in this movie.
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.
Aside from everything else it does, The Big Hit proves that any subject matter can be funny, in the right hands.
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.
Wong shows he can do a capable action/humor juggling job. If only he had a funnier script to work with.
Delivers the frat-boy goods but its coarseness and vulgarity limit its appeal to relatively undemanding audiences.
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