Well Go U.S.A. has tabbed Mar. 5 as the street date for DVD and Blu-ray editions of writer/director Perry Bhandal’s debut flick, Interview With a Hitman.
One doesn’t normally get all that excited about indie filmmakers, working with a small budget and a tight shooting schedule, delivering their first feature film. Unless there is studio backing or some other reason to sit up and take notice (for example, an A-list actor going behind the camera) these indie first-time efforts largely pass unnoticed.
That’s not the case with Bhandal, who holds not one, but two master degrees in Film and Creative Writing and formed his own production company in 2009 — after an 18 year hiatus from the business. It took two years of planning, but his under three week shooting schedule (England and Romania) for his own screenplay paid off in spades … Interview With a Hitman is one slick action flick.
It also doesn’t hurt to have Luke Goss (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pressed, One Night with the King, Blade II, etc.) as your leading man/action star. Here he plays Viktor, the son of a deadbeat gambler in debt to the mob … as a kid, rather than cringe in fear while dear old dad gets whacked, he goes over to the dark side and joins a Romanian mob. Nasty boys … kill or be killed.
Growing up in Bucharest he quickly learned to follow orders. "Kill that guy" and sure enough Viktor put a bullet in his head, no questions asked. So when his “family” of killers turn on him, he’s smart enough to know that it’s time to get out of Dodge. He fakes his own death and heads out to greener pastures in London.
Look, make no mistake about it, Viktor isn’t a nice guy. He’s a killer. He’s the type of uber-professional that you would expect to see trading blows with 007 in a Bond thriller. And sure enough, in no time he finds steady employment with some English chaps of the mob persuasion. He's a pro ... the work is steady.
But when his old friends come looking for him (seems Viktor popped the boss on his way out of town) he has to go to his fallback position (the reset button, so to speak), which means … KILL or be killed and trust no one.
Interview With a Hitman is non-stop, pedal-to-the-metal action. Slick and never out of control! Well Go U.S.A. has a DVD and Blu-ray hit here … and we expect to see more out of Bhandal; this will not be a one-off fluke.
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