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Big Hit (Widescreen)

Mark Wahlberg , Lou Diamond Phillips , Kirk Wong    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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Film fans might someday recognize 1997 and '98 as the years Hong Kong came to Hollywood. Stars Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Chow Yun-Fat, Jet Li, and Michelle Yeoh all appeared in major Hollywood projects and directors John Woo, Ronny Yu, and Tsui Hark directed Face/Off, Bride of Chucky, and Knock Off, respectively. Another entry into this new era of entertainment is The Big Hit, directed by Che-Kirk Wong (who also directed Jackie Chan in Crime Story), executive produced by John Woo, and produced by Wesley Snipes. Mark Wahlberg leads this all-American cast in a played-for-laughs macho blowout. Rounding out the testosterone brigade are Lou Diamond Phillips (sprouting a gold-capped tooth and a dirty mouth), Bokeem Woodbine (who, according to this DVD's director audio track, wore extra socks where it counts), Antonio Sabàto Jr., and Avery Brooks. Wahlberg plays Melvin Smiley, a nice-guy hit man with an ulcer and a severe insecurity problem. He's short on cash due to the spending habits of his unsuspecting fiancée Pam (Christina Applegate) and his girlfriend-on-the-sly Chantel (Lela Rochon). He and his crew decide to do a little freelancing and cook up their own heist to make a little mo' money--specifically by kidnapping Keiko (China Chow), the daughter of a Japanese businessman whom they target for ransom. Little do they know her dad is broke and she's the goddaughter of their boss. The Big Hit has action scenes aplenty (one of the stunt coordinators worked on Woo's The Killer and Bullet in the Head) and the same cornball sense of humor as other films in the Hong Kong action genre. Slick pacing and over-the-top humor made this movie a miss with the critics but a fun ride for fans of Hong Kong-styled action. --Shannon Gee

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Actors: Phillips Lou Diamond - Sabato Jr. Antonio - Wahlberg Mark - Woodbine Bokeem. Director: Wong Kirk. Format: DVD. Format Size: Fullscreen Widescreen. Runtime: 91 Mins. Language: English. Subtitle: English Subtitles. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: R. Genre: Action. Release Year: 1998.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can write a long review , but I choose not to ! March 9 2003
By Vlad
Format:DVD
I can write a long review , but I choose not to ! Do you want to know why ?
Because this is movie for guys mostly . And the main story is : a professional hit man trying to return rental video ! It is already funny ! Wait , until you se the movie itself !Excellent comedy with a lot of action ! Guys ! Do I need to say more ?!
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4.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? I dig the film. Feb. 1 2004
Format:DVD
I've trashed more than my fair share of big, brainless action flicks for being stupid, unbelievable, and nasty. But for some reason, either by merit of the film itself or some fluke in my taste, I like THE BIG HIT. If the former is true, here is why.
There are those of us who peruse the direct-to-video bins of action and horror movies in a desparate search of fun. THE BIG HIT, although released theatrically, is everything that you desire while looking at direct-to-video crap, but never get, and its infinitly better.
Make no mistakes: this movie is vulgar, crass, and shameless. It even crossed my line with the vomiting scene, but I managed. The film finds hit man Melvin Smiley set up to take the fall for a major screw-up by his hipster co-workers whilst dealing with being a pushover to his fiancee and girlfriend.
Maybe the fact that this film has such a plot, a plot that is relevant to the action and interesting is what makes it exciting. The characters are stimulating and provided vibrant dialogue. Through the pretty routine directing, it's Ben Ramseys script that makes the thing so fun. The action sequences are pretty by the numbers, as I've mentioned, but there are moments or rhythm and sublime carnage beneath the rest of it.
The film has a hard-hitting and pulsating score by Graeme Revell, which is also notable in its genre for its themes and concentration on doing more than making noise.
Be warned: those who do not tolerate profanity, violence, and general disregard for morals (these are hit men, after all) should not view. If you do not fall into that category, and like a bit of ultra-violence brimming with wit and style, there is a very good chance you will like this movie, and almost NO chance that you will regret seeing it.
Or like I said, it might have just been a fluke in my tastes...
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3.0 out of 5 stars MUCH MORE FUN THAT IT should BE!!! Jan. 19 2003
Format:DVD
WARNING: THIS REVIEW IS RATED PG
Is the film flawed? Oh YEAH!! Are there ridiculous lapses in logic? You bet!! Is it fun? I think so.
I'm not quite sure how to describe this movie. It's about a likeable hitman, who kicks serious butt and racks up a huge body count, but he's the only person we care about in the movie. His co-horts are untrustworthy and (gasp!) lazy, and his two girlfriends are both horrid in their own special ways.
The movie is an action comedy...but not in the way we might expect (a la Rush Hour or its ilk). It is obvious the budget was low, so the makers of the film decided the whole tone of the film should be cheesy.
But almost everyone in the movie gets into the style of silliness, and thus a non-finicky viewer has an amusing 90 minutes. Here's one example of the ever-shifting tone: Mark Wahlberg (our likable hit man) is coming home to his fiancee (Christina Applegate...a jewish princess with an over-the-top accent and really tight pants). He is driving with a chopped up body in the trunk, and pulls into his suburban driveway...except its not his house, just one that looks exactly like all the other houses in the neighborhood. Someone yells out "Wrong house!" and Wahlberg pulls back out and into the right driveway. The scene takes about three seconds, but it's funny because it's incongruous. How many hit men live in suburbia...at least in movies?
Everyone in the movie is WAY OVER THE TOP in their performances. Lanie Kazan actually seems reserved...if that gives you an idea. Elliott Gould is totally gross and very funny. Bokeem Woodbine is amusing in the role of a thug with a fixation on masturbation. Lou Diamond Phillips is totally unlikeable as a character, but gosh darn it, he sures seems to be having fun. The whole film is a lark.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Silly, but undeniably fun. Oct. 16 2003
By Eric
Format:DVD
I remember first seeing the previews for The Big Hit and thinking to myself, "this is going to be one terrible film." Then I actually rented it, and found myself enjoying the movie immensely. Oh, it's one silly action film, but it's fun usually for all the right reasons, so that's why I'm recommending it. And this says a lot, believe me, because I find 3/4's of the movie's cast utterly revolting (Antonio Sabato, Jr., Christina Applegate, Bokeem Woodbine, Lela Rochon, and Elliot Gould all in the same movie, and I still somehow enjoyed it).
Mark Wahlberg stars as Melvin Smiley, a hitman with a heart of gold, sort of. Outside of his dubious career, he's a relatively nice guy with an airhead fiancee (Applegate). Anyway, his hitman buddies, specifically Cisco (Lou Diamond Phillips), devise a plan to kidnap Keiko Nishi (China Chow), the daughter of a super-rich Japanese businessman, not knowing the man has just went bankrupt (shown in a hilarious scene). Anyway, they have to store Keiko at Melvin's house, and he's forgotten that his fiancee and her parents are visiting for the weekend. To make matters worse, Keiko is the goddaughter of the hitmen's boss, Paris (Avery Brooks), who's looking to crack down on the guys who kidnapped her.
The Big Hit desires to work as an action and comedy, and succeeds quite well at both. The shootouts are pure Hong Kong-style (no surprise, it's directed by Kirk Wong), outrageous but cool to watch. The fight scenes are kinetic and well-choreographed, with the performers displaying some nice, agile moves without really going into all-out martial arts (by this, I'm referring to the final fight in the video store). None of the action is superspectacular or completely memorable, but it's all exciting and lots of fun, which is what it should be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Comedy
Tongue-in-check comedy sorely missing today. Wahlburg before he became self-conscious, and the other cast members have rarely been heard from since in anything meaningful.
Published 4 months ago by puckstop63
2.0 out of 5 stars Early Mark Wahlberg.
In a word, dreadful. Only slightly redeemed by the action in the last act. China Chow's first movie and she is adorable. Save your money for Shooter, later Mark Wahlberg.
Published 22 months ago by Terry Rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant action /comedy/ dysfunctional hit men movie
this movie blew me away.it is absolutely brilliant.it seamlessly
combines action,comedy,awesome dialogue,with shamelessly over the top
fighting,and stunt work. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2007 by falcon
1.0 out of 5 stars Total Crap
This movie is total garbage. My friend brought it by and we watched it and it was so bad I had to come on here and write a review. Read more
Published on April 21 2004 by Gabe
4.0 out of 5 stars in da house
this movie kicked. it was pure fun baby. it's about 4 hit men who kidnap a daughter of a wealthy movie actor and then later find out that they kidnapped their boss's goddaughter. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2003 by Michael Bolts
2.0 out of 5 stars The Big Hit is a Big Miss!
Director Kirk Wong and a handful of well-known producers had the seemingly brilliant idea to parody the recently-imported style of Hong Kong action cinema. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2003 by Crazy Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Big Hit" is a big hit! *god, that was stupid.*
I couldn't have had more fun with this movie if I tried.
'The Big Hit' goes under comedy the same way 'Idle Hands' does. Read more
Published on May 10 2003 by Skibz
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Big" Hit is just that - a BIG Hit !!
How to _best_ praise THE BIG HIT, I asked myself ? To first mention the ONLY thing I did _not_ care for ... Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Bizzare if not mediphorical
"The Big Hit" is one of those movies which draws two types of people to see it; the people that understand it, and the people that don't understand it. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2002 by Alec Malczynski
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