HIRED TO KILL REVIEWED
“Hired to Kill” is a direct rip on “The Wild Geese”, but I like this movie so much more. Brian Thompson leads a squad of deadly women into foreign territory on a deadly mission. George Kennedy bankrolls the mission, but he requires Thompson to act as a gay fashion designer. This eventually leads to Brian Thompson kissing a drunk Oliver Reed on the mouth. Great laughs were had, as I wondered why there wasn’t more female nudity in the film.
“Hired to Kill” is one of those time capsule movies that I love watching. Coming in at the 1989/1990 split, the film got to evade the early wave of PC culture. But, it also empowered women in action roles that would’ve normally gone to Carl Weathers before Cynthia Rothrock. The odd nature of the split creates a memorable movie that deserves a second glance. When you do find people that have heard of it today, it’s far more remembered for Oliver Reed being violently drunk and a stunt man dying their helicopter sequence. Hopefully, Arrow is enough to get you to take a second look.
- Stills Gallery
- Original Screenplay
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 5/17/16
The Plot Thus Far
Starring legendary actors Oliver Reed (Gladiator, The Brood) and George Kennedy (The Delta Force and The Naked Gun series), Hired to Kill is an essential slice of ’90s action fare featuring guns, girls and a plethora of budget-busting explosions for good measure. Action movie staple Brian Thompson (whose brief turn in 1984’s The Terminator led to a starring role in the 1986 Sylvester Stallone vehicle Cobra) stars as Frank Ryan, a mercenary sent to track down a rebel leader in hostile territory. Posing as a fashion designer, he won’t be going it alone, as he’ll be aided by seven beautiful – but deadly – female fighters. Whilst the opportunity to see Oliver Reed chewing up the scenery behind an elaborate moustache merits the price of the admission alone, Hired to Kill is also noteworthy as being co-directed by Nico Mastorakis – the man behind such cult favourites as Island of Death and The Zero Boys.