The Hitman Film Details
Overview: A Cop goes undercover as a Hitman to bring down a criminal organization.
Tagline: He’s so far undercover he may never get back.
Review: The Hit-man (the annoying IMDb spell-check automatically corrects the correct spelling without the ‘-‘ to Hit-man) starts as Officer Cliff Garrett (Chuck Norris) & his partner Ronald ‘Del’ Delany (Michael Parks) are about to bust some drug smugglers when Del turns on Cliff & shoots him. Miracuously Cliff survives against all the odds, jump forward 3 Years Later in Seattle, Washington & after having recovered Cliff is angry. Having changed his name to Danny Grogan he manages to infiltrate the biggest drug dealer in Washington’s gang as his hit-man, the guy this drug dealer named Marco Luganni (Al Waxman) turns to if he wants someone out of the way. Recently Andre Lacombe (Marcel Sabourin) the main drug dealer from Vancouver has started to move into Luganni’s territory so he sends Grogan to deal with him, as the bullets fly & people start to get killed a gang of Iranian’s lead by Grogan’s ex-partner Del also joins the fun & Grogon senses his opportunity to bring down lots of bad guy’s all at the same time… This American Canadian co-production was directed by Chuck’s brother Aaron Norris & is quite frankly pretty poor stuff from start to finish. Although bearing the infamous Cannon Group logo The Hit-man was only distributed by them & had nothing to do with Golan or Globus despite the two Israeli producers often using Chuck Norris in their own films. The script by Galen Thompson is a really lifeless & dull affair about an undercover cop using two warring drug cartels against each other & then discovers the person who shot him is involved as well which leads to some personal revenge type motives. The Hit-man really is a very pedestrian & bland film, virtually nothing happens, there are a grand total of two fights (one in an Iranian bar & one at the very end), some utterly forgettable shoot outs where a few people are shot, one car gets blown up & another is crushed & that is it. There’s far too much drama, personal angst & awful dialogue for The Hit-man to be enjoyable. There seems like huge sequences where literally next to nothing happens, seriously this is one of the most least action packed films I’ve seen recently. Then there’s the embarrassing scenes with Chuck Norris trying to be kind & caring towards a young black kid (all the kid needs now is a bushy moustache), the scenes where he teaches the little kid karate are hilariously bad. I mean yeah, that’s a great example to the kid isn’t it? Fight violence with violence! The Hit-man is bad, very bad & it’s not unintentionally funny enough to be entertaining either. Director Norris does alright & The Hit-man is competently made but it’s so lifeless, bland & forgettable it’s untrue. There is not one single memorable sequence in The Hit-man as far as I was concerned, I was throughly bored sitting there watching it. It’s utterly predictable, there’s not enough decent action & some of the sentimental drama stuff is really embarrassing as Chuck Norris actually tries to act (noooooooooooooooo!). We first Chuck in The Hit-man with a really bushy moustache but after he comes back from the dead he has a full beard & really long hair which just looks awful & very late 80’s. He doesn’t even get to beat many people up which is disappointing all by itself. The violence is tame although some scumbag drug dealing Iranian has both his legs blown off with by Chuck’s shotgun. Nice, ‘ave it! Technically the film is OK but functional at best, it’s certainly not exciting & is so slow going it becomes a real chore to sit through. The acting is terrible, Norris can’t & since there’s not enough action for him to get stuck into it becomes very noticeable. The Hit-man is a really, really bland, dull & lifeless Chuck Norris action film with hardly any action in it. The film also seems to have a sentimental side as well which is just horrible & not fun to sit through. One of Chuck’s worst & that’s saying something, isn’t it?
Country: United States, Canada
Duration: 95 min
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Also known as: The Hitman,Агент,ザ・ヒットマン/危険な標的,Chuck Norris – Hitman,Hitman 3: Receiver,O Destruidor,Наемен убиец,L’arme secrète,El sicario,The hitman,El ganador,Hitman 3: Likvidátor,Hitman,O Matador,Omicidio incrociato,Hitman: Disfarce Perigoso,Μπάτσος εκτελεστής,Na nišanu,A bérgyilkos