Reel Toronto: The Big Hit
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Reel Toronto: The Big Hit

Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city.

Marky Mark + Toronto = dynamite!

Time has flown by but it’s time to wrap up Marky Mark Movie Month here at Reel Toronto. We’ve already tackled Four Brothers and Max Payne and now it’s time to reach back to 1998’s The Big Hit which is a big, dumb, action flick that pokes almost enough fun at itself to be watchable. If nothing else (not to dis Marky Mark), it has a ridiculously over-the-top Lou Diamond Phillips performance which seems designed to make people start quoting him in cool situations…whether you choose to actually do so is entirely up to you.

We could summarize “the plot” but let’s not beat around the bush. Marky is working with these other dudes as part of an elite hit-squad kinda thing.

It’s always nice to see someone making use of our erstwhile quasi city hall.

Their headquarters is on the top floor of Metro Hall as you can see here…
…and here.

Les Miserables ain’t just a play, it’s how you feel after watching this thing in one sitting.

Sometimes you get to see a fast drive-by, like this shot on King Street by the Royal Alex.

They may have Roots in the USA, but they don’t have Canada Post.

Here the hit squad is walking down Bloor Street

Marky and live theatre, together at last.

….into a building which happens to be the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre.

Marky sets the screen on fire.

When Marky jumps out of the exploding building he plunges into a pool which, despite the CGI reflections, is the Beach’s Donald D. Summerville Pool.

They do have tall buildings in New York, but not these ones…

The film makes a piss-poor effort to pretend it’s in New York as you can see in this shot which opens the movie…
…and this one later on.

Oh, blissful suburbia…

The Big Hit is also packed with some major 905-love too. These suburban scenes, for example, were shot in Stoney Creek.

The X-Mansion lives on celluloid once more.

You must recognize this mansion by now. It’s Oshawa’s Parkwood Estate which was used in Hollywoodland and Undercover Brother and a zillion other things, not the least of which is the X-Mansion exteriors from X-Men.

We’re not clear how a boilerplate kidnapping plot factors into the TRCA’s mandate.

The climactic chase and some other scenes were filmed in the Petticoat Creek Conservation Area

A little slice of Durham, in York Region, playing New York…

The Havenhill private school for girls is actually Pickering College—which is located in Newmarket, natch.
Well, that’s most of it. It’s hard to believe our time with Marky is done already. The city, the GTA—heck—the entire Golden Horseshoe hasn’t been the same since he first came. Come back soon, Marky Mark! And, by all means, bring the Funky Bunch, if you’re still in touch. It’s an easy shot to take at the man, but take it we will.