If you often find yourself defending the types of movies offered by Jerry Bruckheimer and Joel Silver, hereís an affably dumb little action/comedy that should easily hold your attention.The Big Hit offers all the requisite staples of the modern action flick: loud music, well-timed explosions, seemingly immortal heroes, amazingly hateful villains, lotsa guns, lotsa slo-mo, and poor attempts at humor by the truckload. This oneís got all that.
Fresh off of his Boogie Nights popularity, Mark Wahlberg stars as Melvin Smiley, a good-natured doormat of an elite hitman, and one whoís itchiní for a better future. Friends and lovers with a host of unpleasant assholes (basically because Marvin really craves approval), the beleaguered assassin discovers an unwitting Ďlife changeí - one that comes in the form of a teenaged hostage.
Melvinís good nature is constantly exploited, as his former friends and lovers (all of whom want either his blood or his money) are now hot on his trail. (When Melvin finally does lose his shit in a hail of kientic action scenes, the result is fun indeed.)
The Big Hit is, aside from its curious devotion to incongruous comedy, not much thatís new. But director Kirk Wong (in his only English language production) tilts the cameras and keeps the frames askew enough to keep things enjoyably...weird. The action bits, though illogical, are delivered with pomp and flair, and the extensive roster of actors offers intermitent moments of inspired entertainment.
Christina Applegate is deliriously obnoxious as Marvinís JAP fiancee, and Lela Rochon offers a few fiery moments as well. Lainie Kazan and Elliot Gould take overwrought Jewish stereotypes to a whole new level, Bokeem Woodbine has a few good scenes as Marvinís co-killer, and Lou Diamond Phillips chews through his villain role with visual glee. The Big Hit isnít a smart flick, and itís a far cry from anything original - but itís a whole lot of stupid comic-book-style fun...for those with a high tolerance for overbaked action histrionics.Far from the worst of its genre, though only worthy of a weeknight viewing if nothing else is on.