Jet Li's last Hong Kong film before he hit LA in Lethal Weapon 4 is mostly boring, occasionally amusing, but mostly boring.The premise isn't a bad one. In fact it had me rather interested. A mob boss is assassinated by a hitman called 'the king of killers', but before dying he sets up a $100m 'revenge fund', with the total to be paid to the person who assassinates the assassin.
Jet Li is a wanna-be hitman, an essentially decent guy who has all the skills but can't seem to pull the trigger that ends a person's life. When a small-time conman becomes his 'agent' and get's Li in on the $100m treasure hunt, there seems to be a lot of potential for the premier assassins of the underworld to start picking each other off in pursuit of the cash with the underdog Li having to Bruce Willis his way to victory.
Sadly, it never gets that interesting. Mired in an almost-but-not-quite romantic angle, a story that takes unnecessary twists and turns and some standardly awful 'white man bad guy' acting, The Hitman could have been saved if it had the usual Jet Li blood and balls action sequences.
But The Hitman has no such thing. In fact, with the exception of one in-joke at the expense of Besson's "The Professional", it's completely bland. Perhaps two decent action sequences, some lame humor and a lot of easy rounding off of plot twists in the last five minutes.Tung Wai directed films are usually a lot better than this one, and any film that doesn't exploit Jet Li's incredible action talents shouldn't use him in the first place. Give this one a miss unless you've run out of other options on a rainy Saturday night.