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1 here is a movie that sadly follows the hong kong-recipe of moviemaking and storytelling to the letter .
2 these kinds of movies are marked by an eye-opening sequence that introduces us to the main characters ; a life-and-death plot in which these characters become involved ; the inclusion of a host of inconsequential characters ; ridiculous subplots , and sunglass-wearing henchmen .
3 that is not to say that i don't like hong kong influenced movies ; however , it is quite obvious that these moviemakers haven't a clue that the american filmgoer needs more than hip-hop-talking thugs and stupid sight gags .
4 observe the opening sequence .
5 a band of hitmen are about to storm an apartment , led by melvin ( mark wahlberg ) and cisco ( lou diamond phillips ) .
6 they are waiting for their partner to cut off the power so that they can storm the apartment with the help of infrared goggles .
7 however , their partner is unsure of which cable to cut .
8 he is undecided .
9 this happens for about 10 seconds .
10 the audience finds some humor in his foolishness .
11 the lights suddenly go out .
12 cisco is surprised and says : " whoa . . . let's
13 go ! "
14 and they storm the apartment in a very nicely executed sequence .
15 the big hit of the title refers to a kidnapping that happens a quarter of the way through the film .
16 needing cash , cisco devises a plan to kidnap the daughter ( china chow ) of wealthy japanese industrialist jiro nishi .
17 however , the daughter is also the god-daughter of paris ( avery brooks ) , who is cisco's and melvin's boss .
18 infuriated and insufferable , paris commands cisco to uncover the mastermind of the kidnapping .
19 during his 'investigation' , cisco singles out melvin as the ringleader , and paris orders his capture and execution .
20 melvin must now find a way to stay alive .
21 by the way , do you know how the investigation takes place ?
22 cisco's partner makes the ransom phone call believing that his call will not be traced because of a trace buster that prevents tracing .
23 but , mr . nishi has a trace buster buster .
24 to counter that , cisco's partner has a trace buster buster buster .
25 but nishi has a trace buster buster buster buster .
26 and so on . . .
27 there is no doubt that this is an interesting world in which they live .
28 and there are lots of issues that we'd like to know more about .
29 how does melvin justify his profession to his fiancee ?
30 what goes on among this clique ?
31 why is cisco at odds with melvin ?
32 there is actually a lot of potential material that could have been explored , but it seems that no effort is made to go in that direction , and instead we are given a not-so-engrossing plot filled with one-liners , silly sight gags , extraneous sub-plots and tomfoolery .
33 and , i haven't even mentioned his financee's visiting parents who want them to separate , nor melvin's mistress , nor the pimple-faced video clerk demanding the return of an overdue video and on and on and on .
34 if the big hit signals the future of hong kong style movies that are made for american audiences , then shoot me now .
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