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Fantasia 2018 Review: “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot” (2018) ★★


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Once a soldier, always a soldier; they never stop being one even years after they’ve retired. A high rank officer is on a very important mission that can change the course of WWII and save millions of lives. Two bullets used wisely by an American officer finds the heart of a prominent enemy – Adolf Hitler. The war is over. People don’t know the truth. But who cares if there is peace they can share with each other, right? But that peace decades later will be threatened by something inhumane – a creature that carries a virus that can destroy the world as we know it.

Written and directed by Robert D. Krzykowski, “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot” follows a war veteran Calvin Barr (Sam Elliott) whose feelings of regret keep bringing him back to when he was still young, and in the meantime, tries to repair his relationship with his younger brother, Ed (Larry Miller), with whom he could not communicate much due to his duties. As he revisits the past where he had to kill a man, even if that man was Hitler, it seems to be a hero or a savior is his destiny as the government asks for his help one more time on a mission whose failure may cause a disaster at a scale nobody can even imagine.

No matter how intriguing the plot of the film may sound, it unfortunately has too much potential, and its complicated journey is destroyed one narrative after another. For instance, Calvin Barr has tracking skills, intuition, still remembers how to fight and but how is he so important for the world he is yet to learn about that. However, his view of his own achievements do not seem to look as significant as history itself, even though, many don’t even know about his true heroic action.  Another thing is, the younger Barr is not only a soldier, but he is romantic natured as well who tries to win the heart of his loved one.

His problem with the younger brother Ed still persists. So, as you can imagine, there is too much on the plate for one man. Then he reads news about the Canadian serial killings that police know almost nothing about and will come to his doorsteps, apparently, with the news that the government tries to keep in the dark. So four types of premises were used in one film, which I am afraid, was not completely explored. That of course is not Sam Elliott’s fault, as I am sure there were plenty of incredible memories the actors created during filming, but the director could not cement it in a way we all could talk about it endlessly.

It’s understandable that Krzykowski’s intention was to create a Rambo type of character who is capable of fighting with three younger and much stronger men. It just happened that Rambo was nowhere to be found, not in this film at least. The fighting scenes, especially the one with Bigfoot were laughable enough to have it look so ridiculously unrealistic. Again, having Bigfoot as Hitler of the new generation is an amazing concept, if it were in the right hands could have become a masterpiece. But unfortunately, that mysterious creature looks toothless and ready to give up to an old war veteran who can climb mountains and even quickly get up on his feet after being beaten up hard by the same monster.

The main issue of the film is its writing that made no sense; to understand that clearly and be as objective as possible, I had to view the film twice to be clear about it. Despite that, this film might still find its viewer who will surely enjoy it a bit more than I did, or perhaps, will ask less than the film intended to deliver. And I hope it’s just me who was not ready for this film, but you my dear reader, may be a whole different story, who might simply disagree with me on anything I just wrote. Because, at the end of the day, your opinion is as important as mine. This film has a lot to offer indeed. And I sincerely anticipate you will be a better recipient of it than I ever was.

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