REVIEW: Hit Team (2015)

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Meet Max and Ruthie – two hitmen sent to L.A. to take down six people in 24 hours. They soon find themselves in a pickle when they miss their mark – and their employer turns on them.

As a buddy cop-like team, I don’t think Max and Ruthie work well. Look, that’s not a knock against their characters – who I actually think have potential due to thought-out comedy – but it’s a knock against the over-the-top nature of the film.

See, the thing is that the look of the film is very good – but the over-the-top acting sadly fails to deliver any positive impression, thus leaving you only with an idea of the vast potential of the buddy cop-dialogue, a potential I’ll elaborate on later.

It saddens me that the two main characters, who actually could work, are destroyed completely by the over-the-top nature of the acting. The characters could be just fine if the humor was more subtle. I’d also like to note that the physical comedy does not stick its landing.

Hit Team is a crime-comedy with the best intentions, but over-the-top acting, failed comedy, and loud noises make me wish it had been a zany, inappropriate Saturday-morning cartoon instead. I think the characters would’ve worked better like that, and I am certain that the dialogue would’ve.

It’s basically a crime cartoon with elements that only work through animation. Which isn’t to say that there’s no potential – there’s obviously some talent behind the camera, and I hope this filmmaking team moves on to bigger and better things. And if the filmmakers aren’t interested in going the cartoon-direction, then consider recreating these scenes as comedy shorts.

If you’re interested in watching this film, be aware of the fact that it’s available on YouTube PPV and Vimeo on Demand.

Final Score: 5.0 out of 10.0. A crime comedy with the best intentions, which ends up feeling like a love-child between Adam McKay’s The Other Guys and Tommy Wiseau’s The Room.

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