The Hit List (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Allan Campbell (Cole Hauser) is not having one of his better days. At work, he was overlooked for a promotion in favor of a douche co-worker. Then he finds himself assaulted by a criminal, but the worst event involves his personal life. His wife didn’t just cheat on him, but she banged his best friend, no less. As he sits at a bar and nurses his wounds, he meets a man named Jonas (Cuba Gooding, Jr.). After some small talk, Jonas reveals that he happens to be an assassin and after hearing Allan’s misfortunes, he offers to snuff out five targets, on the house. Of course, Allan singles out the people who screwed him over on this terrible day, thinking the whole incident was a joke. But when his boss is found murdered, Allan realizes this is no joke and tries to track down Jonas, before anyone else is killed.

Now this is one terrible movie. I appreciate bad movies, from camp to just inept, but The Hit List has no redeeming qualities to make it tolerable. Cuba Gooding is simply awful here, both because he obviously isn’t interested and because his dialogue is so poorly written. The writers want his character to be a sophisticated, educated killer, but instead he comes off as an idiot and that is being generous. Not to mention Cole Hauser’s character, who is so unlikable and poorly developed, we don’t even have an iota of sorrow for his trials and tribulations. No wonder his wife cheated on him, right? Alas, even the low rent action scenes don’t pump some life into this bloated corpse, as the set pieces fail to spark even a minor adrenaline rush. You might yawn once or twice, but that is the extent of this movie’s juice. The Hit List is bad, but worse than being bad, it is dull. I can handle bad, but The Hit List is too dull and lifeless to sit through.

Video: How does it look?

The Hit List is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen. The movie might be miserable, but at least this visual presentation hits most of the right notes. The image isn’t a top tier effort, but it looks clean and offers rock solid detail. A few scenes are dazzling, but most fall into the middle of the road, as far as high definition is concerned. I found contrast to be smooth, with no errors to speak of, while colors remain within a natural spectrum. This isn’t going to be your new demonstration disc, but it looks quite good and delivers on all fronts.

Audio: How does it sound?

The DTS HD 5.1 soundtrack follows the same path as the visual transfer, more than solid, but not remarkable. The action scenes spark the surrounds somewhat, but don’t pack the kind of power you find in top level soundtracks. But it is still nice to have a little kick when the movie needs it. The music sounds good also, while dialogue is clear and is never hampered by volume issues or distortion. A very good audio presentation in all respects.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This release includes no bonus materials.

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