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The Big Hit 1998

To payoff his second girlfriend's debt, hitman Melvin Smiley undertakes a kidnapping job with his usual associates. In a world of prospective Jewish in-laws and late movie fees, the hitman...

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Solar rating: 7.3


Imdb rating: 6.1



Fun movie. Cheesy and very outdated, but still fun.
A fun movie, good not great. 6.5/10
A few laughs and some good shoot em up action.
Wahlberg is entertaining, as usual, as the sensitive hit man and Lou Diamond Phillips is surprisingly very good (best thing he's ever done) as the latino thug.
It's worth a watch.
Bokeem's character of Crunch in the movie the Big Hit was so great. I just couldn't stop laughing at this guy. I reccommend everyone to watch every single movie he has been in for that one moment when he gives the camera the craziest look you've ever seen and you just bust out laughing. It happens even in serious movies. And check the part out in Caught Up when he jumps out the window! It is double over funny!

Both films also feature the "crazy villain guy" stereotype (resident DS9 ham Avery Brooks, in the latter case), and probably a few other similarities as well -- though it's been too long since I've seen Hit to compare further.

Given the choice between these two films, I'd recommend The Big Hit, as I feel it's lighthearted, funny, and China Chow is much hotter than Qi Shu. That's right, I said it. But The Transporter's fight scenes are some of the more exciting in recent memory.
Excellent action flick. It was good to see Christina Applegate again.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate, Avery Brooks, Bokeem Woodbine, Antonio Sabato, Jr., China Chow, Lainie Kazan, and Elliot Gould.
Directed by Kirk Wong.
Written by Ben Ramsey.
Rated R (for violence, pervasive language and some sexuality).
Running time approximately 1 hour 31 minutes.

Them's some badass mo'fuckas, yo! (What?)

The Big Hit is a boring, ridiculously uninvolving, unfunny and endless action-comedy that should never have been made. I'm sorry, but I hated it. I checked out some of my friends' reviews, and they awarded the film 8 and 9/10. I don't get that. This movie's stupidity is unrelenting. I didn't mind that locker room scene, though. Hehehe... * (out of ****) D
Mark Wahlberg plays a henpecked hitman in this below-average action-comedy. The action scenes are certainly well-choreographed but lack any kind of visceral impact due to the slapstick tone of the movie. This would have been forgiveable if the film was able to produce some laughs. Sadly though it didn't even deliver a chuckle.

There is also a lot of unnecessary foul language. Don't get me wrong - I'm no prude. I just got the impression that the scriptwriters peppered the movie with a lot of swear words to try for a Tarantino feel. The problem is The Big Hit's script lacks Tarantino's perverse humour and trenchant insight.

Adding to the movie's sense of ridiculousness is the fact that Wahlberg, Phillips and the rest of their hit-squad spend an unforgiveable amount of time parading about in their Jockeys showing off their pecs. This certainly doesn't help the actors create credibility for their roles. (You didn't see Michael Madsen and co pulling that shit in Resevoir Dogs, for good reason.) Wahlberg's performance is further hampered by the fact that his character is just not believable: a hitman who is afraid of offending anyone (his wife and mistress treat him like crap because he won't risk alienating himself from them by standing up for himself) but who dispatches his victims with impunity. Perhaps it could have worked if the film had taken the time to develop the psychology but not enough attention is paid to the characters.

And why the corny title? The movie is principally about a kidnapping. The only "hit" in the movie is finished up in the first ten minutes or so.

On the plus side China Chow is very watchable as the daughter of a bankrupted Japanese film-maker kidnapped by the hit-squad. Ditto for the delectable Lela Rochon who plays Wahlberg's bitchy mistress. Other than that though there is not much to commend.
Great over-the-top action scenes that definately catch your attention. If you like these type of action movies than you will enjoy the movie overall. John Woo proves to be an excellant action producer in this under-rated action comedy with plenty on amusing scenes. I enjoyed every minute. 4/5

The Big Hit (1998)

I was surpised by this movie in two ways with the first being that I liked it more than I expected and the second being that it's really more of a comedy than I expected. The beginning and the end are loaded with as much action as you can get but everything in between is comedy and at times it had me in stitches. This movie succeeded as an action/thriller and as a comedy.
A fun action film with great stunt work from what I remember of it.
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