This movie I have found is very charming because of how unrealistic the story and characters are. The screenplay is well written. Lou Diamind Phillips is definitely superb as a bad guy and I somehow get the feeling that his performance in this movie will be overlooked. The Big Top Video worker is very funny. I didn't think much of Mark Wallberg when I found out he was seriously getting into acting. I stand corrected. 2 out 3 movies that he has been the main star as have complete entertained me including this movie. This movie gets a 10 from me for being cleverly stupid.
A Big Hit (by kensmark)
Along with the sadly underknown Mark Dacascos film "Drive", this is one of only two US-made films that are good and true disciples of the Hong Kong action film tradition. Of course, not every US movie tries to follow in the HK action tradition, nor should it, but many do try, and most fail miserably.A lot of people seem to totally 'miss' this movie -- they complain that it's unrealistic or that there are continuity problems. They might as well make the same complaints about "Airplane!" or a Monty Python film. "The Big Hit" is intentionally absurdist. <more>
Yes, it's intentionally amoral, too. This is a movie about being an action movie, a reflection and self-deprecating parody of its own condition. You're intended to understand that it's not meant to portray things that could or should happen in the real world.It's not for everyone, granted. It's aimed at people familiar with the genre because it's built on top of the genre. If you're looking for a serious, moral, and realistic action film, this isn't it although you're pretty much out of luck with any Hollywood film anyway , but if you want to see something funny, clever, and -- for a US film -- highly unusual, then "The Big Hit" is certainly worth a shot.
Dr. Gore's got this one in the bag. It is a great action comedy. Everyone i have showed the movie to has loved it a bought it. It is starting to get more recognition, mainly because when it came out many people do not understand its sense of humor. The "plot holes" are not mistakes i.e. how did Melvin and the girl get down from the cliff?? That is part of the humor. People should have understood it from the beginning fight scene, or "fight scene" after Melvin's. If you have not seen the movie you need to.
Let us not forget the trace buster buster buster (by tone_e2000)
Indeed Mark Wahlberg is a bit cack in most of his films, but The Big Hit is a masterpiece of comedy. The action is fun, but is not meant to be taken seriously. I think that some people might have watched this film expecting a standard action film, in which case I can understand their disappointment. It's just good fun and Lou Diamond Phillips is brilliant. His over-the-top performance is perfect and is something I'll never forget.The Big Hit is one of those films where you either get it or you don't. If you don't then I can understand how it might seem a bit two-dimensional. <more>
However, anyone who hasn't seen it should take a chance.
The Big Hit is the funniest movie I have seen in a long time. It made me laugh so hard at times that I had to pause the movie until I stopped! The melodrama and obvious attempts to make certain scenes humorous can be somewhat annoying at times, but it's the sheer in-your-face crazy behaviors of each of the unique characters that makes this movie a must-see. This move blows Titanic out of the water.
The Big Hit-missing the point (by Cking-2)
Reviews of this movie that say it has lapses in logic at points have some truth to them, but this movie shouldn't be judged on a CITIZEN KANE level. It should be taken for what it is: a HK action movie that happened to be filmed in Toronto if memory serves . Everything is there: the nutty subplots, the gratuitous destruction of property, the wild overacting. If you watch it with this in mind, you're going to enjoy it immensely.
If you think the movie was supposed to be serious, you missed the point... (by vincea1906)
I had absolutely no idea that this movie was supposed to be a silly, spoofy action film when I saw it at the theater. The first 10 minutes makes this perfectly clear. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie for just being "guilty pleasure" escapist entertainment. Yes the movie is silly and corny - but that was the intent of the film.Its more than understandable that this movie isn't for everybody, either you love it or hate it. However, if you watched the movie and took it seriously ie the breakdancing during the first 'hit' , then you definitely missed the point. 8 out of 10.
Very cool! (by luky11)
When you watch this movie,you can't return it to the videostore because it's great.This is an action comedy and it will laugh you to death. There is enough action and humor in this movie,and great actors but still,...I don't know what but there something missing.If you see Pulp Fiction,you will know what I'm talking about.Melvin Smiley, a successful young hit-man, is living a normal all-day life for his Jewish fiancé Pam, but kills for money in Paris' organization. In addition, he has a relationship with a beauty from the neighborhood and gets bothered by a pimply video <more>
store guy, because he did not return "King Kong Lives" for two weeks. He and his three teammates Cisco, Crunch and Vince one day decide to kidnap the daughter of super-rich businessman Jiro Nishi - off the record. What they do not know, is that Jiro just went completely bankrupt due to a successes movie production, and, even worse, that his daughter Keiko is the god-daughter of Paris, the boss of the kidnappers. He and his men are now searching for the kidnappers in order to grind them up properly. Meanwhile, handcuffed Keiko falls in love with killer Melvin while both preparing a kosher meal in order to satisfy Pam's visiting parents, who are out of the house with Pam - with a body in the trunk.And when I remember of Christina Applegate,...Mmmmmmmmmmmm! I would rather recommend you Pulp Fiction,because it's more funnier and more tens than this film!But you must see this one too!
Watch Melvin Smiley's more than complicated life erupt in chaos. His fiancée's parents are coming for a visit, his other! girlfriend is to blame that he's kind of out of money, he really ought to return the tape of King Kong Lives... On top of all that, Melvin soon gets problems of an even worse kind. A professional hit-man, Melvin suddenly finds himself in terrible danger of getting killed by his own co-workers when a kidnapping turns out to have been a bad idea.It's crazy. Exaggerated, chaotic, full of somehow weird characters, often unrealistic action scenes, fun. <more>
I'm surprised this movie is so little known, and I am even more surprised that so many people hate it. Sure, if you expect a serious, realistic action movie, The Big Hit isn't the movie for you. You really need a sense of humour for this. Expect an action comedy, almost a parody, and you'll be entertained for sure.