Movie City News review of Interview with a Hitman by Gary Dretzka
It isn’t often that I’m able to give an unqualified rave to a thriller that goes straight-to-DVD, was made by a first-timer and whose cover promises little more than gunplay and death. “Interview With a Hitman,” written and directed by Perry Bhandal, chronicles the evolution of a professional assassin from his twisted boyhood to the pinnacle of his chosen career. Raised in the slums of Bucharest, Viktor appears to have been born with a chip on his shoulder. As soon as he’s able to hold a pistol in his wee hand, he volunteers to do errands for the local crime boss. They include killing a much larger man who owes money to the mob and wastes his last breath laughing at the boy’s effrontery. Assassins are taught not to leave witnesses, so he also kills the man’s wife. His first mistake in life is not to take out the kiddies, as well.
The life expectancy of even the most accomplished hitmen in Europe is relatively short, if only because trust is in short supply among the thuggish gangsters, all of whom seem to know each other. Viktor has lasted longer than most of his peers, thanks to his marksmanship and fists of fury. He keeps a low profile, but there are only so many mercenary killers listed in the Yellow Pages and his targets tend to be related by blood to a criminal who’s still alive. When he goes against his best instincts and develops feelings for a lethal lady, you sense that his time will come soon.
If none of that sounds remotely different from dozens of other crime thrillers you’ve seen in the last several years, “Interview With a Hitman” has other things going for it than action. In square-jawed Luke Goss (“Death Race 2,” “HellboyII,” “Blade II”), Bhandal has found an actor who has a firm handle on the character’s existential persona and feels comfortable within the film’s impressionistic landscape. Because Viktor isn’t required to waste words explaining his motives and chatting with his targets before killing them, Bhandal can play all the sonic, visual and narrative tricks on viewers that he feels necessary to convey his dark vision.
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