Movie Review: The Hit List (4 of 5)
We just watched this movie and were very pleasantly surprised. When I think of Cuba Gooding, Jr., I think of his Oscar for Jerry MaGuire back in 1996 followed by Snow Dogs in 2002. He actually made quite a few movies in between, but that had been the impression. It’s a shame because The Hit List shows that he can be a dynamite villain.
The movie focuses on Cole Hauser, an engineer expecting a promotion at work and married to a wife he adores. We also find out that he borrowed some money from the wrong kind of people and really needs the promotion in order to repay the loan. Of course, if that had happened this would have been an entirely different movie.
Instead Hauser loses out on the promotion to a slimy coworker and arrives home in time to find his wife in a negligee and his best friend buttoning up his shirt. It seems he’s been so focused on getting ahead in the world that they’ve grown apart. She wants to talk, but he leaves for a motel. On the way, he stops at a bar where he meets Cuba and gets drunk.
Cuba admits to our protagonist that he is a professional killer. Hauser thinks its a joke and is persuaded to make a list of 5 people he wants dead: his boss, his slimy coworker, his loan shark, his ex-best friend and his estranged wife. He then takes a bathroom break and when he returns, Cuba is gone.
When Hauser arrives at work the next morning after sleeping in his car, he learns that his boss has been murdered … and the race is on.
Hauser is solid as the normal guy in over his head. Cuba is amazing as the unstoppable killing machine and very reminiscent of Tom Cruise in Collateral.
I recommend The Hit List as an above average thriller and a chance to see Cuba Gooding, Jr. in a different light.