Hey folks, Valkor here. And I told ya I'd be back with another look at a Cuba Gooding Jr. film – but this one is actually good! I mean REALLY good! Not to say the other films sucked. But with "The Hit List", I must say I was really impressed, even if he's still playing the same type of character that he's played in just about every other film I've seen him in.
The Hit List focuses on Allan Campbell (Cole Hauser), an engineer who is having the shittiest of days. First off he gets beaten up (we don't see it, but we do see the results). Second, he gets passed over for a promotion, which was given to a guy newly hired. Finally he catches his wife Sydney (Ginny Weirick), finishing up with his best friend after a game of "hide the rainbow roll". Yea, he's not having the best of days. So what's a guy to do when things don't look right? He drowns his sorrows at the local waterhole. It's here he meets and chats it up with Jonas (Cuba Gooding). And after a few drinks, Jonas tells him that he's a professional killer. And to prove it, he tells Allan to jot down on a napkin five names from fifth to first of the people he wants to see dead. Mind you Allan is wasted and thinks Jonas is dicking him around. So he lists the names – 5) his boss Gates (Jeff Mooring), 4) Brian Felzner (Sean Cook), who is the guy he feels took his promotion, 3) Dom Estacado (Brandon O'Neill), the guy that beat him up, 2) Michael Dodd (Drew Waters), his best friend who was boinkin his wife, and finally 1) his wife Sydney.
When Allan awakes the next day, he finds out his boss has been killed and he suddenly believes what Jonas was saying to him. Now Jonas has the list of the people he wants dead and it's up to Allan, in a race against time, to save them all - including his wife. Even with the help of the local police force and secret operatives, will it be enough time to put a stop to Jona's Rampage
And what does Jonas really want? Why is he really killing all these people? The answer won't really surprise you, but you'll definitely enjoy the ride. So let's delve a bit deeper with the TOV Breakdown.
The Hit List was so much better than I had expected; mind you I had seriously low expectations going in after watching Sacrifice. And it was compounded when at the jump, Jonas picks up a liquor bottle. In that brief couple of minutes I let the swears fly. But I stuck it out and rewarded with a mighty fine film. The Hit List is tour de force of action and suspense with a solid story. This film grips you from the start and doesn't let go until its climatic end. The story is tight and the pacing is crazy brisk, which is a good thing because those 90 minutes just scream by. As for the acting, Cuba plays a down and out hitman, but finally, FINALLY he's having some fun. OK maybe not crackin jokes "show me the money" fun, but as Jonas, I buy it and I think this is some of his best work I've seen in a loooong time. Welcome back, buddy! I also have to give props to Cole Hauser, whose performance, while not frantic enough for a guy who just put a hit out on his wife, still acted his balls off. The remainder of the cast also performed well, moving the story along and drawing you in. Super sexy credits go out to Ginny Weirick, who doesn't get any kinds of naked, but I'd wouldn't toss her out for eating crackers in bed.
My only complaint is the predictability of it all. Yes the suspense level is pretty intense, but you know how it's gonna go down when all is said and done.
The Hit list is available now on DVD and Blu Ray and it's definitely a must see. It's entertaining, suspenseful, loaded with action and solid performances. Plus it contains of Cuba Gooding's best work to date. I highly recommend it. And out of TOV 5 stars, I give "The Hit List", 4.5 and it's been Valkor viewed, TOV Approved!