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Movie Review: The Hit List (2011)

The Hit List has a particularly exciting, enjoyably fascinating fantasy at its heart, tugging at the desirable idea of eliminating your enemies in real life (be careful what you wish for). As with all good thrillers, the fantasy eventually shifts into terror, as the humorous notion fades into a nightmare involving cold-blooded, violent death. The idea is brilliant, and much of the plot progression is masterful, but the overall execution is flawed. It’s almost as if the writers grasped a story that was too great for their own good, unable to tackle it the way more experienced filmmakers might have. perhaps a few more minds needed to be involved in the various editing phases.

In Seattle, Washington, professional killer Jonas Arbor (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is suddenly struck by traumatic flashbacks, worsened by the fact that he’s recently discovered his health is waning. Instead of proceeding with the assassination he’s been assigned, he turns to vigilantism and strikes a different target, a controversial talk show host. Before any of the details are revealed, the opening scene merely shows Arbor crawling out of bed in his underwear, and a following shot with an agent claiming the hitman has gone missing. No action, no explosions, no killing – just a man in black announcing Arbor’s status. Then it cuts to the title sequence, complete with James Bond graphics and a theme song, also reminiscent of 007 – 47 Ways to Die, by Lillian Axe. It’s incredibly anticlimactic, and one of the worst openings to any action movie.

Immediately, the introductory dialogue is generic; but when the thrills start to pick up, the conversations follow suit. Allan Campbell (Cole Hauser) is a corporate man in Washington D.C., struggling to get ahead, but always behind in money and outlook. His boss has lost faith in him; a younger coworker steals his promotion; and his wife Sydney (Ginny Weirick) is cheating on him with his best friend. he also has a brand new black eye from a loan shark he’s been unable to pay. When he stumbles into a bar to drink his sorrows away with Jack Daniels, he spies Arbor sitting nearby. Reluctant at first, Jonas decides to engage in friendly conversation, and in short time, the two are chatting like old buddies. Arbor reveals that he’s a professional killer, but Campbell laughs it off – although not before scribbling a hit list of five names on a napkin. Intended as a joke, Allan is mortified to discover that Arbor has elaborately planned to take out the five targets, as a favor to his new friend.

A major theme involves Allan standing up for himself and fighting against those who push him around. Arbor is clearly psychotic and Campbell has just created another relationship he can’t stand up to. yet he needs the rogue agent’s help to handle at least one of the targets. Hilariously enough, one of the names on his list he’d actually like to see dead, but when the body count starts to rise, he realizes the truly horrific nature of his actions. He’s questionably an accomplice to every murder. The first target is his boss, Fred Gates (Rich Cowan); the second is his competition, the needling newcomer Brian Felzner (Sean Cook); the third is the lowlife thug he borrowed money from, Dom Estacado (Brandon O’Neill); the fourth, his best friend Mike Dodd (Drew Waters); and the final, most important hit is his wife – the one person he will sacrifice anything to protect. As the people on his list are quickly dispatched, the government agency employing Arbor is hot on his trail, along with local authorities.

The premise is intense and creative, along with a few of the action shots. The Hit List is really an exercise in creating a strong villain, however, and Cuba Gooding Jr. indeed rises to the occasion (he’s even got his own catchphrase). He’s not the greatest antagonist ever devised, but his Terminator-like characteristics and merciless assassinations are more than adequate. By the end, an Assault on Precinct 13 scenario is established, and Gooding remains a feasible psycho. The actual conclusion could have used some polishing, along with much of the dialogue, supporting characters and cinematography, but Gooding doesn’t disappoint. The Hit List had more potential than it knew how to handle, resulting in a film that could use a solid remaking by more seasoned filmmakers.

Movie Review: The Hit List (2011)


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    S. Korean developer to keep ‘Twin Towers’ design

    AFP Monday, Dec 12, 2011

    SEOUL – a South Korean developer said Monday it would not alter the design of a twin-tower project despite complaints in the United States that it mimics the explosions at New York’s World Trade Center in 2001.

    The towers, one with 54 floors and the other with 60, are designed by Dutch architects MVRDV and will be built at the entrance to Seoul’s redeveloped Yongsan business district by 2016.

    The towers will be connected midway up by a cloud-shaped bridging section that will house amenities including sky lounges, a swimming pool and restaurants.

    But families of victims of the 9/11 attacks see a marked resemblance between the project known as the Cloud and the clouds of debris that billowed from the World Trade Center after hijacked airliners ploughed into the towers.

    “Allegations that it (the design) was inspired by the 9/11 attacks are groundless,” said White Paik, spokesman for the Yongsan Development Corp.

    “There will be no revision or change in our project,” he told AFP, adding that construction would begin in January 2013 as scheduled.

    MVRDV said it “regrets deeply” any painful connotations.

    “It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks nor did we see the resemblance during the design process,” it said in a statement on its website.

    “We sincerely apologise to anyone whose feelings we have hurt,” it added. Jim Riches, a retired New York deputy fire chief whose son was killed on 9/11, said he did not believe the architects.

    “It looks just like the towers imploding,” the New York Daily News quoted him as saying. “I think they’re trying to sensationalise it. It’s a cheap way to get publicity.”

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      Does Gambit have the power to make an object blow up or just push somthing it touches?

      i was searching up gambits powers after i watched xmen origins becuase i got confused. so then it says he has kenetic energy and hypnotic charm.. oh and if you can wth is hypnotic charm. plz help ty.

      in the older cartoons gambit has the power to infuse objects with energy, so he would put energy into a card and then throw that at say a wall and it would blow up, i have never heard of hypnotic charm power but im guessing it means it is easy for him to make people like him and he can con people, i think that his powers were quite tame in the films they should have a more explosions.

      Does Gambit have the power to make an object blow up or just push somthing it touches?


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