Interview with a Hitman Blu-ray Review
Written and directed by Perry Bhandal
2012, Region A, 96 minutes, Not Rated
Blu-ray released on March 3rd, 2013
Luke Goss as Viktor
Caroline Tillette as Bethesda
Stephen Marcus as Traffikant
Danny Midwinter as Sergei
Elliot Greene as Young Viktor
Why is it so hard to make a good movie about contract killers? You would think given the inherently cool subject matter that a kick-ass movie would practically write itself and leap off the page. Yet, for every Leon or Grosse Point Blank, we are made to suffer through countless failures about the subject like Stallone’s laughable Assassins, the tone deaf Hitman debacle starring a woefully miscast Timothy Olyphant, the putridly inane The Replacement Killers, and the ridiculously boring, self-indulgent and undeservingly overhyped Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.
Enter Interview with a Hitman, a pretentious, morose, and at times tedious film about Viktor, a hired gun for the Romanian mob and his odd choice to inexplicably detail his life to a documentary filmmaker. The story has been told countless times before. A wayward, young impressionable child quickly ascends through the ranks of the local seedy crime syndicate, evolving from worthless street-rat, to errand boy, to member of the gang, to finally one of the most ruthless, trusted, and feared thugs of the lot. But, we all know how this story ends, don’t we? Our anti-hero is betrayed by the very group that raised and trained him, eventually having to deal with the skeletons in his closet and the demons in his head if he is ever to find true love and redemption.
Due to its glacial pacing, this film fairs only marginally better than the aforementioned disappointments listed above. That’s not to say that it’s a complete mess. It has way too much going for it to categorize it as such. First, the opening sequence recounting the roots of Viktor’s life of crime is phenomenal. It’s simultaneously brutal, shocking, frightening, and heart-wrenching. The acting across the board is excellent, in particular the lead played by Luke Goss. I have been a fan of Goss’ work since his role as the mutant vampire heavy in Blade II. He’s a fantastic actor with blazing on-screen charisma and steely resolve who has seemingly made an excellent living off of Jason Statham’s hand-me-downs.
Interview with a Hitman misses the mark with its pacing issues, a tired storyline, and an unfortunate limited number of actual on-screen kills. Despite all of that, it’s worth watching due to the fantastic first act, Luke Goss’ glare that would intimidate Clint Eastwood, and a twist ending that actually surprises. My frustration lies more with my own desires than anything inherently wrong with this movie. Just once I’d like to see a movie about hitmen that was solely about the art of contract killing. The motivation behind choosing the target, the methodical preparation that goes into a successful hit, the patience needed to wait for that perfect opportunity, and the ice-cold intention to ultimately pull the trigger. Maybe in Interview with a Hitman 2?
Video and Audio:
Interview with a Hitman is presented at 1.85:1 in 1080p with a lossless 5.1 DTS-HD audio mix.
There is a nearly fifteen minute behind the scenes featurette which is not groundbreaking, but does present decent interviews and insight. There is also a trailer for the very film you just watched.