Cuba Golding Jr. keeps popping up all over the place. His latest Blu-Ray, The Hit List, shows a darker, angrier side of the man that once played the bare-assed football hero in Jerry McGuire. And this new dark and gritty Cuba is just what the doctor ordered.
Allan Campbell (Cole Hauser), a man who has had a very bad day, goes to a bar to drown his sorrows. He drunkenly befriends a mysterious man who calls himself Jonas (Gooding, Jr.), revealing to him a list of five people he wishes were dead. But as the bodies start piling up, and with a detective (Jonathon LaPaglia) hot on his trail, Allan, no longer believing the events to be a practical joke, must set out to end the murders before its too late.
It’s a fairly simple plot, as we follow Allan’s list of murders, while Jonas lives out his last deadly game, but there are some twists and turns throughout that make the story involving and entertaining. It might have been more interesting to find out a bit more about Jonas and why he’s reached such a duldrum – I know there’s a story there somewhere – but Golding Jr. carried the role well.
I have to say, I love this darker, deeper Golding Jr. I’m never sure if he’s drunk, depressed or suicidal, but I do know he looks like he’s ready to pop at any second. And for an action thriller like The Hit List, this is perfect.
Usually direct to video flicks suffer from lack of funding or sub-par scripts, but The Hit List seems to bypass most of these shortcomings. Director William Kaufman does a fine job delivering a dark and grimy thriller.
Once the huge summer blockbuster actions flicks are out of your system, The Hit List is a good one to catch up on.