The Big Hit (1998)

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Affable hit man Melvin Smiley is constantly being scammed by his cutthroat colleagues in the life-ending business. So, when he and his fellow assassins kidnap the daughter of an electronics mogul, it's naturally Melvin who takes the fall when their prime score turns sour. That's because the girl is the goddaughter of the gang's ruthless crime boss. But, even while dodging bullets, Melvin has to keep his real job secret from his unsuspecting fiancée, Pam.

"The Success" is a film directed by Che-Kirk Wong that debuted in 1998, starring Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Christina Applegate to name a few. It's an interesting mix of action, comedy, and crime styles, showcasing the story of a gunman facing lots of complications in his both professional and individual life.

Plot Overview
Melvin Smiley (played by Mark Wahlberg) and his colleagues are skilled hit man working for significant manager, Paris. Despite his smooth professional life, his individual life is far from basic. Melvin's heart of gold makes him the pushover in his romantic relationships. He's concurrently dating Pam Shulman (played by Christina Applegate) and Chantel (Lela Rochon). Pam and her parents are uninformed of Melvin's true occupation, thinking him to be a bathroom materials salesperson.

Melvin's 2nd sweetheart, Chantel, often torments him about their relationship and his fidelity, making his personal life much more turbulent. His financial situation is also stressed due to his extravagant spending to keep his demanding sweethearts content.

The Kidnapping Incident
Chance presents itself when Melvin's coworker Cisco (played by Lou Diamond Phillips) offers an off-the-book kidnapping plan of a wealthy business person's child, Keiko Nishi (China Chow). In spite of his initial unwillingness, Melvin agrees due to his deteriorating monetary condition.

However, the situation quickly spirals out of control when they discover that Keiko's dad is bankrupt which their employer, Paris, is the actual godfather of Keiko. The team now needs to deal with the impending rage of their manager while attempting to return Keiko without revealing their identities.

Unfolding Complications
Melvin then conceals Keiko in his house without the understanding of his fiancée, Pam. Keiko discovers Melvin's feelings for her throughout their confinement together. Meanwhile, Melvin is also handling the Shulman family's go to at his house.

Concurrently, Cisco forms a manipulative scheme blaming Melvin for the kidnapping plot, leading Paris to use a significant benefit for Melvin's death. His previous coworkers become enemies, trying to perform him.

Climax and Conclusion
The final act of "The Big Hit" begins when all the essential characters - Paris, Pam, Chantel, the Shulmans, Cisco, the remaining team, and an in-love Keiko - suddenly assemble at Melvin's house. In a roller-coaster turn of events, all hell break out, resulting in an amusing, chaotic showdown.

Melvin lastly gets a possibility to stand up for himself as he fights Cisco one-on-one and confesses his genuine occupation to Pam. Despite the intense tumult, Melvin defeats Cisco and his group and conserves Keiko.

Final Thoughts
"The Big Hit" keeps its viewers captivated with hilarious gags, impressive action scenes, and caricatured characters. Mark Wahlberg's performance as the struggling yet kind-hearted hitman steals the program, making the movie a must-watch for action-comedy film fans. Eventually, Melvin's character advancement illustrated in overcoming his piece of cake nature and standing up for himself forms the essence of the motion picture. In spite of the disorderly scenarios he found himself in, the hit man Melvin successfully recovers whatever he was on the verge of losing.

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