The Big Hit

The Big Hit

Kirk Wong (1998)

18 Certificate


Our Score
This action thriller tries very hard to be offbeat and quirky, but misses the mark and ends up as a second-rate rip-off of the humorous hitman gem Grosse Pointe Blank. Mark Wahlberg does well as the girl-juggling assassin, though Lou Diamond Phillips overdoes his performance as Wahlberg's accomplice. To be fair, though, any actor who tries to give of their best from this calibre of script is flogging a dead horse. Despite a dazzling pair of slam-bang action bookends from director Kirk Wong, it's just not clever, funny or engaging enough to be the exercise in killer cool it clearly craves to be.


A professional hitman kidnaps an oil baron's daughter - little realising her godfather is a powerful underworld boss who doesn't take kindly to being threatened. Comedy thriller, starring Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate, Avery Brooks and China Chow.

Cast & Crew

Melvin Smiley Mark Wahlberg
Cisco Lou Diamond Phillips
Pam Shulman Christina Applegate
Paris Avery Brooks
Crunch Bokeem Woodbine
Vince Antonio Sabato Jr
Keiko Nishi China Chow
Jeanne Shulman Lainie Kazan
Morton Shulman Elliott Gould
Jiro Nishi Sab Shimono
Chantel Lela Rochon
Slave trader Gerry Mendicino
Director Kirk Wong
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Tristar PicturesGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and brief nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 25 Jun 1999
Comedy Drama