“The Hit” – Nathan’s Movie Challenge, Week 9
“I think you’re crazy, but I admire your attitude.”
I knew nothing about The Hit going into it. Didn’t know the plot, who was in it, who directed it – nothing.
I was glad to see John Hurt and Tim Roth show up. Both are usually excellent in whatever roles they inhabit. I was also glad to see that the director was Stephen Frears, who directed my #30 of all-time: High Fidelity.
The plot of this one seemed to take its sweet time. I found myself looking at the running time and 15 minutes in wondering when the story was going to get to the point.
I liked it well enough by its end, but it definitely had a dragging pace. I kept waiting for something to happen, but it never really does. It just kind of ends on a whimper.
It reminded me a bit of the wonderful In Bruges where a man has a job to kill another – not because he wants to, but he has to – out of respect for the code – just a job. That film is much better paced and much more entertaining.
It also reminded me a bit of the recently watched Le Samourai, but that film is much more stylistic and moody.
The Hit felt like it was searching for its tone throughout and never quite found it. There’s a great movie to be made in there somewhere, but maybe the cast, or the editing, or the direction was a bit off somehow.
The Hit was at the time of this review at #1799 on my Flickchart list of shame (ranked #2572 among the best movies of all time). Here’s how it entered my chart:
The Hit vs. Superman Returns
I enjoyed Superman Returns. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible. It was just misguided. It’ll win over The Hit.
The Hit vs. Harry and the Hendersons
There are so few modern films that retain innocence and lack cynicism like Harry and the Hendersons. It’s just absurd, family-friendly entertainment that’s well-crafted. It’s going to take this matchup.
The Hit vs. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Truly bad in every way. Don’t ever bother watching it. The Hit wins.
The Hit vs. Boys on the Side
Drew Barrymore was at her peak of cuteness and charm in Boys on the Side, so it gets a leg up on that element alone. It’ll win this battle.
The Hit vs. Red State
It was a very unlikely movie for Kevin Smith to make, but it had some palpable tension and interesting ideas. It’ll win over The Hit.
The Hit vs. Baby Mama
Bleh. Forgettable Fey/Poehler comedy. The Hit wins for sure.
The Hit vs. Psycho (1998)
If it was the original, it’d be a no-brainer. The remake? Not going to win.
The Hit vs. The Ewok Adventure: Caravan of Courage
The Ewok movies are rough. Any Star Wars fan should agree. The Hit takes it.
The Hit vs. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
The Hit. I was bored senseless watching Brief Interviews… It wasn’t funny, or brief, or interesting.
The Hit is now ranked #1165 out of 1379 movies on my Best Movies of All-Time chart.
Next, I’ll be watching The Blues Brothers and The Vanishing (1988). There’s a good number of other films I’ve ranked during the challenge you may like to read over.