Notable Cast: Luke Goss, Caroline Tillette
Luke Goss has been on the brink of leaping up to the big leagues of an action star for a couple years now. His memorable and bitchin' villain from "Hellboy II" and his eventual take over of the "Death Race" sequels has solidified him as a great cult star to follow. When "Interview With A Hitman" arrived on my doorstep featuring Luke Goss in a Bond-esque position with an old school stark white colored cover, I was ecstatic. Don't let his past films and roles fool you though, this latest underground picture brought to the mainstream by Well Go USA is not an actioner. It's quite the reserved and artful thriller mixed with just enough drama and character focused drive to keep it delightfully arthouse while retaining some of that intense atmosphere.
Viktor (Goss) has decided to spill his life story. He contacts a director to conduct an interview with him, so that he might tell his tale of growing up to become one of the best and most lethal hitmen you've never seen. Ffrom the streets of Europe to the cities of the US, his travels all seem to be leading him towards one thing...is it redemption for the life he has lived?
|"Wait...you want me for a role that doesn't require make up or a mask?"
|..So that's how he won the Luke Goss look-a-like contest!
So why only a three and half blood drop rating at the bottom of the review? Well, "Interview With A Hitman" isn't without its flaws. Structurally the film can be a bit of a chore. Although I appreciate the old school mystery style that begins to boil to the surface in the latter half of the film, some of the aspects of the film are rushed or dragged out to make sure the audience keeps up. The childhood sequence feels too long at times (although pay attention because a lot of little details come back in the third act, so it does mostly pay off) and yet the pivotal romantic turning point of the film seems a bit rushed as it has to leap through months of time to get us to certain "highlights" that will punctuate the ending. Which also brings me to the 'twist' ending. Although I loved the basic idea behind the suddenly curving and quite fitting end to the film, it almost felt like it could have been built up more to why Viktor has chosen to do the interview to begin with, just so we are left with a bigger bang. I don't want to give too much away, but know that despite the length of the his story...a lot of it comes back in surprising and effective ways. Even if it could have been even more effective at times.
|Don't you hate it when you go in for a kiss and totally miss...biting them on the nose?
Written By Matt Reifschneider
I highly suggest picking up "Interview With A Hitman" for those with a more artistic taste in their thrillers. Lucky you, I have the links below so you can order your copy for its March 5, 2013 release from Well Go USA.