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This Luke Goss thriller has its moments, but does it really add up to all that much...?
Well Go USA / 95 Minutes / 2012 / Unrated / Street Date: March 5, 2013
Interview With a Hitman is about men with guns, and while a bit of the gunplay at hand in Perry Bhandal’s film is inherently suspenseful, one ends up wondering what kind of point he’s trying to make. There’s a twist ending (of sorts), a series of flashbacks to our protagonist’s rough-as-steel-wool upbringing in the outskirts of urban Romania, and a host of post-Tarantino dialogue at play in the movie, but many of the film’s viewers will feel a shrug coming on as its end credits roll.
Bhandal wants to shock us with his film, and his opening image, of a young boy (our adolescent hero) sticking a firearm in the face of an innocent girl, definitely sets the tone for his movie. After a flash-forward to present-day, the grownup gun aficionado (played by Luke Goss) finds himself in a scenario where he basically tells the story of his life (unsurprisingly, this is prompted by somebody else turning a pistol on him), and a shot at redemption in the form of a lovely lady finds its way into the picture.
In a nutshell, it’s just not convincing. Goss makes a perfectly steely focal point, and often, his disturbingly sober treatise on how and why he does what he does is chilling, but Interview With a Hitman culminates with a whimper, prompting us as an audience to wonder what Bhandal was actually trying to accomplish with the picture. As a story, it fizzles, and even seen as an oblique meditation on the status of modern violence in society, it is never more than vague in terms of presenting any sort of lucid thesis. There will be blood, to be sure, but why…?