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This Frearsian neo-noir could be one of the visually brightest films I've ever seen, it's striking. The mood is something else, like an unexpected blend of Aki Kaurismäki (for the John Hurt character) and Martin McDonagh or the more dramatic films of the Coens.
It's also pleasing to see the young, impatient Tim Roth - he's one of a kind. Another shoutout for Laura del Sol: that bite .. o.O
Is The Hit a crime picture or a road trip movie? How about both all wrapped up in a meditation about death - when is it acceptable, for whom and how will we meet it? Heading a great cast, Terrence Stamp is a former criminal living in Spain (which gives this British film a distinctly unbritish look, yellow rather than gray) after having testified against his confederates. Ten years later, they've sent hitmen after him to bring him in - a nominal pro played by John Hurt, and a loutish rookie, Tim Roth - and together with their prize and an accidental hostage (Laura del Sol), they're off on a road trip through Spain, one fraught with screw-ups. All the while, Stamp goes willingly, a grin on his face, like he's playing a grand manipulation. Is Hurt's pro really slipping, or is Stamp pulling strings to make him stumble? It's a very interesting genre mash-up, with a lot of tension and dark humor, but I don't know if I can get behind the ending. Thematically, fine, but I didn't find it very satisfying in terms of what characters I was personally following, or thought I was following.
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This movie ranks #21 in Quentin Tarantino's Coolest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #31 in BFI's 100 Road Movies
This movie ranks #517 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #855 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #874 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?