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Interview with a Hitman

Well Go USA // 2012 // 96 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // March 5th, 2013

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson interviewed a hitman for his high school paper. His English teacher gave him a C-. She was never heard from again.

The Charge

Trust no one. Feel nothing. Never lose.

The Case

Luke Goss (Death Race 3: Inferno) brings his bald-headed machismo to bear on this action-drama about a hitman who, well, has an interview. Goss is Viktor, a wildly successful and hugely lethal contract killer who developed his icy, murderous attitude back in Romania. As a child, he witnessed his mother routinely assaulted, violence that ultimately stripped him of all manner of conscience and turned him into a killing machine. As a young boy he took his first lives. Recognizing his burgeoning talent, a scumbag mob boss took him under his wing to mold him into a lethal weapon.

One thing leads to another and Viktor has a fairly violent fallout with his employer and finds himself on the run, dodging bullets and trading blows with henchmen. His death spiral hits a snag when he meets a girl. Is there a way out of this death spiral, a chance to live a normal life, free of the bloodshed and heartbreak? Nah.

I'll give Interview with a Hitman this much: it thinks it's pretty cool. The stark, sleek, white-space-heavy disc case design. The non-linear storytelling. The Luke Goss grimaces. It's a stylish approach to the hired gun genre. And I was bored.

I was also left a bit unsettled and not in the "whoa this film elicited a strong reaction from me so it must be quality" kind of way. In the flashbacks to his childhood, Viktor is responsible for some pretty heinous stuff. Sure his childhood sucked and the men in his life we uniformly scumbags, but his propulsion as a soulless murderer is rendered in a disturbing manner. Maybe I'm a prude? Perhaps. I just have a hard time seeing a kid murder a family. Oh, spoiler warning.

But that's not what ultimately dissuades me from giving Interview with a Hitman a hearty recommendation. This sucker just plods along and the plot isn't inventive enough to compensate for the pace.

It all feels gritty and dark and if the story went anywhere interesting I think I would have been able to get past some of the starker plot points, but all the Luke Goss menace in the world doesn't push thing over the finish line. The guy gives it the old college try here and I actually think he can make a compelling B-move lead when given the right material (he's far from the worst thing in those straight-to-video Death Race movies), but he's just saddled with an uninteresting character swimming upstream in an uninteresting story.

The DVD: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital surround and a making-of documentary.

That's all I got for you. If you're hankering for a hitman flick that's better than Hitman, you could worse than this release. The execution is serviceable and the acting delivers, I just didn't enjoy myself much while watching it.

The Verdict

Nice suit. Mediocre movie.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 65

Perp Profile

Studio: Well Go USA
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• None
Running Time: 96 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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