The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot Movie Review
Written by Ali Chappell
Released by Epic Pictures Group
Written and directed by Robert D. Krzykowski
2018, 98 minutes, Not Rated
Released on July 20, 2018
Sam Elliot as Calvin Barr
Aidan Turner as young Calvin Barr
Sean Bridgers as Mr.Gardner
Ron Livingston as Flag Pin
The title alone pulls you in. I mean, Sam Elliott kills Hitler AND Big Foot! There is no way this film won’t be amazing! It’s a bit too long of a title, but it’s fine, they make up for it with Sam Elliott. However, don’t gear yourself up for an action packed thriller. Instead, settle in for a brilliant film about a man who laments about his life and his many adventures. This isn’t so much a review as it a love letter to Sam Elliott.
Alright, now that we have ripped off that band-aid right away, let’s talk about this gorgeous film. In this debut movie by director Robert D. Krzykowski, we meet Calvin Barr (Sam Elliott), a lone solider and ex-spy, sitting on a barstool, looking to tell his stories to any ear that will listen. Which should be everyone because it’s Sam Elliott. His voice is like a smoky barbeque sauce being poured over a perfect piece of juicy brisket and let’s just say I Am Hungry. So, yes, you shut up when he is talking.
A few men try to carjack him, but he shows them that this old man can still kick ass. However, because of who Calvin is and what is special training is in, he is sought after by an FBI official and a Canadian government representative (yay Canada!). The mission? To kill Big Foot. Just so we are clear, I do not condone the killing of Big Foot, he hasn’t hurt anyone. No need to kill him. Anyways, the reasoning behind the assassination of Big Foot is that he has apparently become the host to some sort plague that can wipe out all of mankind. Calvin, who has a rare blood condition that makes him immune to disease, is the perfect choice to lead the pack, as there is a good chance the plague won’t affect him. A pack of one, because Sam Elliott is a lone wolf, proud and strong.
During his journey to find Big Foot and save the world, we catch glimpses via flashback of to his time in the war. His multilinguistic skills and army training allowed him to infiltrate Nazi Germany and murder Der Fuhrer, which is Hitler for you people who never listened in history class. I’m not going to explain anything any further, as it will take away from what happens in the finale. There is also a love interest thrown in because every hero needs a good woman by his side, but it’s short lived and kind of uninteresting.
Because of the title, I think a lot of people are going to be like, “What? This film sucks, the title lied to me.” Those jackasses would be wrong. It's is a slow burn that lets you really sink into Sam Elliott’s character. The other players are under utilized for sure, but that’s ok, it isn’t about them. Visually, it is stunning, Alex Vendler, the cinematographer, really did his work when it came to creating these gorgeous scenescapes. The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot is a great date night movie for those of you who actually want to watch a movie and not talk or look at your phones or make out. It’s worth it.