Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Diary of a Hitman

Diary of a Hitman is a 1991 film starring Forest Whitaker, Peter White and Sherilyn Fenn. It tells the story of Dekker, a Hitman who is ready to get out of the business, but takes one last job. The client wants him to kill his wife Jain, and their young child,  nearly sending Dekker over the edge with questioning if he can take on such a gruesome task for his final job.

The acting in the film is outstanding, Whitaker clearly stealing the show. The intensity that he brings to scenes is powerful and entertaining to watch. His scenes with Sherilyn Fenn in the apartment is full of great delivery of dialog from both actors. The scenes featuring James Belushi as a cop and Sharon Stone as Jain's sister were brief, but well acted.

The writing in this movie was outstanding. The story is well paced and the character progression is great, seeing our "hero" of the story going through the motions of trying to complete his final hit. It should be noted that the films writer Kenneth Pressman actually wrote the play "Insiders Price", and adapted it for this film.

The music in the film was interesting since while the film was made in 1991, it still has an 80s vibe to it. It works because really, the early 90's were still pretty much the 80's as far as music was concerned. The music does set the tone for each scene correctly and aids in making some scenes have more impact.

Overall this was a good film in my eyes, blending the tense dramatic moments with plenty of thrills. For a film about a hitman, there is surprisingly little action to it aside from some driving scenes and the occasional action segment. What makes this film good is the actors and the story they told which had me hooked from beginning to end. If you're looking for a drama / thriller movie , you can do much worse than Diary of a Hitman.

Rating: 4/5

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