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The Hit List (2011)

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A disgruntled man creates a hit list with a stranger during a drunken night out and must then race to try to save those he marked for extermination as the bodies begin to pile up and all fingers point to him.

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William Kaufman

Writers:

Chad Law, Evan Law
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Jonas Arbor
Cole Hauser ... Allan Campbell
Jonathan LaPaglia ... Detective Neil McKay
Ginny Weirick Ginny Weirick ... Sydney Campbell
Drew Waters ... Mike Dodd
Sean Cook ... Brian Felzner
Michael Papajohn ... Special Agent Drake Ford
J.P. O'Shaughnessy J.P. O'Shaughnessy ... Lieutenant Ben Harp
David Andriole ... Detective Ray Lowery
Brandon O'Neill Brandon O'Neill ... Dom Estacado
Daniel Brockley Daniel Brockley ... Drew McAllister
Katarzyna Wolejnio ... Victor Rosen's Secretary (as Kasia Wolejnio)
Tracy Schornick Tracy Schornick ... Bartender
Holt Boggs ... Officer Turnkey
Stephanie Vigil Stephanie Vigil ... TV News Reporter #1
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In Spokane, an elite government killer goes rogue on the day that engineer Allen Campbell loses a promotion and finds his best man with his wife. Allen goes drinking that night and chats up a stranger who turns out to be Jonas, the hit man. Jonas asks Allen to give him a list of five people he'd like to see dead, so a drunk Allen lists his boss, the guy who got the promotion, a nasty bookie, the best man, and his wife. By the next morning, the boss is dead, and Allen realizes Jonas is for real. Can he stop Jonas? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The List See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point Gary Oldman was considered for the role of Jonas and Hayden Christensen was considered for the role of Allan. See more »

Goofs

When the police car pulls up outside Mike Dodd's apartment the officer in the driver's seat checks the police scanner. His right shirt sleeve is seen rolled up. In the next shot which shows him getting out of the police car, his sleeves are rolled down. See more »

Quotes

Jonas Arbor: Aside from death, there is no sure thing, my friend. I can promise you that shit.
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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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Honky Tonk Barstool
Written by Zach Selwyn
Performed by Zachariah and the Lobos Riders
Courtesy of Papago Records
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A film that is helped by it's cast.
25 May 2011 | by Dexter22See all my reviews

Just a few weeks after picking up Gooding's last film "Sacrifice", "The Hit List" was released. I picked it up because I am a pretty big fan of his. The film turned out to be pretty well done for a DTV thriller but just like "Sacrifice" it has it's flaws.

Jonas Arbor(Gooding) is a hit man and decides to go rouge. His reason unfolds throughout the movie but in doing this he runs into Allen(Cole Hauser) in a bar. Allen is having his own bad day by losing his promotion to a younger partner in his film and problems with his wife come to surface. Arbor and Allen meet in a bar and get drunk together. Jonas explains to Allen that he is a hit man and will kill five people for Allen free of charge. Thinking it is a joke Allen writes down names and laughs it off. It isn't long before he realizes its a joke and has to stop Jonas from completing the list.

The film has been compared to "Collateral" and while it is a fair comparison, the film does stand on its own. Its flaws lie in editing and lack of budget which is the same thing "Sacrifice" suffered from. The opening credits are done in almost a comedic or even a James Bond type of way and really turns the viewer away from what the tone is trying to be. The budget shows in the camera set ups and how rarely other angles are used. The DP obviously did not have the time or money to make the film look bigger. There is a car chase in the film that could have been much more exciting if the editing was better. All in all what saves the film is the performances by Hauser and Gooding. They do not play down to the budget level and they treat the film as if it is a big budget hit. Gooding assures the audience that he has still got it and reminds us of why he is capable of an award winning performance. He is deep and scary and really gets into the role more than he has in the last few years. The quality lies in the performances which is why this is an above average DTV Thriller.

Acting 9/10

Editing 5/10

Music 5/10

Directing 7/10

Fans of Gooding and Hauser should be pleased with this film.


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