Big Hit

Big Hit

4.3 10
Director: Kirk Wong, Che-Kirk Wong

Cast: Kirk Wong, Che-Kirk Wong, Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 jobs. Mel's mistress Chantel (Lela Rochon), who views him as a meal ticket, lives rent-free in his house, misspends his money, and is continually thinking of ways to get more from him. Her latest scheme is concocting tales about overdue mortgage and car payments, but she really wants the money to run away with her lover Sergio. Mel and his team head into a big shootout to waste some rival mobsters. One person kills the electricity; the others don night-vision goggles. Melvin handles most of the action, including shooting while bungee-bouncing near a staircase, finally making a spectacular bungee-exit from the top floors of the building just as it explodes in flames. A quick and easy weekend job backfires when their kidnap victim, a rich industrialist's teenage daughter Keiko Nishi (China Chow), turns out to be the godchild of their boss, crime czar Paris. When Cisco, mastermind of the plan, is summoned by Paris, he manages to shift blame to Mel. Meanwhile, Chantel absconds with Mel's earnings just as the disapproving parents (Elliott Gould, Lainie Kazan) of Mel's fiancee Pam (Christina Applegate) are due for a visit. Since Pam gave her parents $50,000 from Mel's bank account, they're on their way to thank him and hopefully benefit from another financial windfall. As his professional and domestic woes collide, Mel finds himself dodging bullets while trying to impress his potential in-laws. Throw in an overzealous video-store clerk demanding the return of an overdue tape (King Kong Returns), and it's not long before Mel's life starts to unravel.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
In The Big Hit, director Kirk Wong and executive producer John Woo combine American sensibilities with the Hong Kong martial arts film. Wong and Woo do indeed create a Hollywood Hong Kong action caper, making no excuses for their indulgent action sequences and utterly absurd plot. The muddy narrative combines slapstick comedy with nonstop action. While the farcical scenes aren't nearly as engaging as the high-octane explosions, the film still remains entertaining throughout. Mark Wahlberg gives a solid performance as a lovable hit man, displaying a perfect amount of muscle and vulnerability. After a heart-stopping opening segment, Wong spends a lot of screen time focusing on the striking dichotomy between Wahlberg's ruthless hit man and his sensitive personal life. Audiences seeking standard actioner gunshots, explosions, and car crashes should be satisfied with The Big Hit. However, those with a greater understanding of Hong Kong cinema will appreciate this disorderly celluloid bulletfest more than the average moviegoer.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2010
UPC:
0014381690958
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
14,959

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg Melvin Smiley
Lou Diamond Phillips Cisco
Christina Applegate Pam Shulman
Avery Brooks Paris
Bokeem Woodbine Crunch
Antonio Sabato Vince
Lela Rochon Chantel
China Chow Keiko Nishi
Lainie Kazan Jeanne Shulman
Elliott Gould Morton Shulman
Sab Shimono Jiro Nishi
Robin Dunne Gump
Danny Smith Video Store Kid
Joshua Peace Lance
David Usher Sergio

Technical Credits
Kirk Wong Director
Che-Kirk Wong Director
Jeffrey Steven Authors Asst. Director
Terence Chang Executive Producer
John M. Eckert Score Composer,Executive Producer
Douglas Ganton Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Garcia Co-producer
Craig Lathrop Art Director
Victor McGauley Co-producer
Margaret M. Mohr Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Mussenden Casting
Danny Nowak Cinematographer
Craig Perry Co-producer
Ben Ramsey Screenwriter
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Robin Russell Editor
Pietro Scalia Editor
Wesley Snipes Producer
Taavo Soodor Production Designer
Andrew M. Stearn Art Director
John Woo Executive Producer
Warren Zide Producer

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