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The Hit List (2011)

Cuba Gooding Jr. , Cole Hauser , William Kaufman  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cuba Gooding Jr., Cole Hauser, Jonathan LaPaglia, Ginny Weirick, Drew Waters
  • Directors: William Kaufman
  • Writers: Chad Law, Evan Law
  • Producers: David E. Ornston, Eliad Josephson, Freddy Braidy, Johnny Martin, Juan A. Mas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P3ENLA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,135 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hit List" on IMDb

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Ever wish you had the chance to get back at the boss who undermined you...the spouse who cheated on you...or the friend who deceived you? One night, a down-on-his-luck businessman, Allan Campbell (Cole Hauser), meets a mysterious stranger, Jonas Arbor (Cuba Gooding Jr.), who claims to be a professional hit man. Jonas offers to take out five targets, free of charge. Thinking it's a bad joke, Allan jots down his own private hit list. The next day, the people he named start turning up dead, and all the evidence points to Allan. Hunted by the police and haunted by guilt, Allan races against time to stop the murders he set in motion. In this world, vengeance always has a price.

Strangers on a Train receives a post-Tarantino polish in this diverting action movie about the perils of not knowing when to say when. Following a legendarily bad day at the office, a harried engineer (Cole Hauser) lets it all hang out at a bar. Before long, his airing of grievances attracts the attention of a gravel-voiced stranger (Cuba Gooding Jr., wearing what appears to be Tom Cruise's exact suit from Collateral), who suggests that he make a numbered list of the people who've done him wrong. As the names on the list begin to suffer a slew of mysterious accidents, Hauser begins to suspect that his new friend has an agenda of his own. Although the script stumbles on occasion (particularly when dealing with Gooding's sudden transformation from Zen assassin to rampaging Terminator), director William Kaufman certainly knows how to get maximum bang out of his limited bucks, staging a number of well-crafted action scenes that steadily ramp up to an explosively squib-happy finale. Occasional logic gaps aside, this stands as an above-par example of the modern B movie, with a number of non-formulaic surprises, including a nicely milquetoast performance from the usually villainous Hauser, and a wonderfully garish 007-inspired opening credit sequence. --Andrew Wright

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Be careful what you wish for. After having the worst day of his life Allan (Hauser) meets Jonas (Gooding Jr) at a bar. After talking to him Jonas says he can help Allan with his problems. Thinking it's a joke Allan gives him the name of five people he wants dead. When they begin to wind up dead Allan is the only one who can stop it. After watching "Sacrifice" I was not expecting much from this movie. This one, however, was very good. Even with Cuba's movie choices lately being one step above Val Kilmer's, his acting is far better. He does a good job playing a heartless killer on the verge of death himself. Cole Hauser also does a really good job playing an everyman trying to correct his mistakes. While there are many similarities to "Collateral" (and a hint of "The Shootist"), this movie is not as good, but it's not a huge decline from that movie. It is a pretty solid action, suspense movie that is well worth checking out. I give it a B.

Would I watch again? - I think I would

*Also try - Collateral & S.W.A.T. : Firefight
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE TRIGGER IS A FAST FORWARD BUTTON April 27, 2011
Allan (Cole Hauser) is having a bad day. His boss gave his promotion to a younger co-worker who stole his ideas. Allan goes home to find his wife sleeping with his best friend. Allan also has a shiner from making a bad bet and not being able to pay up. While guzzling JD at a bar he meets up with Jonas (Cuba Goodling) a Jose Cuervo man. Jonas tells Allan he is a hit man and has recently killed a conservative TV talking head. He asks Allen to make a list of 5 people he would want to have killed, and as his friend, Jonas will do it. Allen plays along, thinking this is good therapy, i.e. to make a list, but not really kill them. When Allen returns from the men's room, Jonas is gone with the list. By the time he gets to work the next day, his boss is dead.

After the second person is killed we find out Jonas is terminal and has decided to do some free lance killing. During the movie Cuba talks in broad philosophical terms, while Allan wants to stop the insanity of all the killing. The movie is embarrassingly predictable. I don't recall Goodling having such a lame role. Clearly his acting abilities were wasted as his part was designed for someone who could read lines without having to feel them. Unconvincing is perhaps the word that best describes the movie. 2 1/2 stars.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "If it was a joke, would it be funny?" May 12, 2011
The Hit List inexplicably opens with some sort of James Bond-inspired opening credits. It doesn't really jive with the rest of the film, but two points for trying something a little different. The Hit List, outside of its crazy title credits, is a solid little Action/Thriller with a flair for the dramatic. A tight, intense script; solid leads; and just the right combination of explosive action and psychological drama are all present, and each an attribute usually reserved for superior pictures, with movies like The Hit List generally left to fend for themselves by simply going through the motions with no real purpose aside from gunfire and explosions.

The Hit List is still a relative success in terms of its potent combination of action, intensity, character dichotomies, and psychological tension. A sequence featuring Hasuer and Gooding, Jr. swapping war stories and woe-is-me tales in a darkly-lit pub that is suddenly turned on its head by an admission of murder and a willingness to carry out five more is the film's most chilling and captivating, with Gooding selling an intensely serious demeanor that's accompanied by a deviously and disturbingly playful edge. Hauser, in turn, delivers a fairly standard action hero performance; he runs around well and looks terrified enough, but this is clearly Gooding, Jr.'s show and he nails the part until the film falls apart in its final few minutes.

Indeed, The Hit List in its final act tries to become some strange hybrid that's part Collateral and part The Terminator. The similarities are striking, and even if the film never achieves close to the same level of greatness as either of those wonderful films, there's just enough personal identity in the rest of it to set The Hit List apart.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good action movie June 13, 2012
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Mr Gooding did a great job in this movie. Though this was like the movie collateral it was still a good action movie and very entertaining. Shipping was fast.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CUBA! CUBA! CUBA! May 4, 2012
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2.0 out of 5 stars THE HIT LIST July 25, 2011
By Khrish
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I am still looking for a good movie starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. He was so hot years ago and I expect him will do it again. This was not that movie. It was very long and slow and really not worth the time spent watching it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pointless unless you like seeing cops get shot June 29, 2011
2.8 stars

A truly ridiculous plot leading to lots of killing, some weak acting and a poor script led me to Whateversville. I just couldn't care after a while, and when it all picked up a bit about halfway in, I was by then terminally uncaring.

Gooding is fair, Hauser less so, and the dialogue leaves much to be desired. The silly story had me caring for nobody at all, and the incredibly boring opening scene suddenly jumps to a 007-type credit sequence that had us looking at each other and saying, "What just happened?" Nothing really gels after that either, and the best thing I can say about this shoot-'em-up that starts as a psychological thriller is that it's mercifully short at 90 minutes, and it has an excellent blu-ray transfer.

But a good picture does not always equal a good movie, and The Hit List has no real reason to be on anyone's watching list, with so many far better action and psych thriller flicks out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was da best movie !!
Published 16 days ago by christina Guzman
2.0 out of 5 stars Vests - Most Police departments use them.
Oddly I sat through most of it with a bit of fast forwarding action. Pretty lame execution of a decent plot that has been done before and after. Bullet proof vests? Read more
Published 27 days ago by Victor E
4.0 out of 5 stars If only the opportunity arose ....
This was actually a thoughtful piece and gave an answer to, "What if I could get rid of five irritating people? Read more
Published 1 month ago by anonymous
3.0 out of 5 stars Gooding's talent is wasted
Published 1 month ago by Chuck Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars It's one of my favorite movies.
This movie blew me away. I watched it over and over again. I made my sister watch it. It's one of my favorite movies.
Published 2 months ago by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great to work with
Published 2 months ago by nick
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hit Man
I'm not a Cuba Gooding Jr. However this was a great movie I loved it. .. From start to finish. ... We watched this movie a couple of times
Published 5 months ago by simplyforyou
5.0 out of 5 stars THis was a very good movie.
I enjoy ordering items that can and will be a blessing to others. I am for sure that every person will enjoy a small gift of appreication.
Published 5 months ago by Tracie Denice Little
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hit List
Enjoyed movie. A real fan of Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Cole Hauser. What starts out as an unusually bad day get progressively worse Cole Hauser.
Published 5 months ago by Andrea D. Cross
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hit List
A great action packed film that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Cuba Jr. is a great film actor and is fit for this film!
Published 7 months ago by Doug
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