Monday, September 19, 2022

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, An Assassin Spans Two Eras

With a title like "The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot," this blog cannot ignore this film. this film, our story chronicles two assassinations.  The first one is the assassination of Hitler.  The second one is the assassination of Bigfoot.  What is strange...the movie is not really about those killings.  In both cases, the assassinations were not really what we figured they'd be.  Killing is killing...and man is man.  Today we look at this 2017 Sam Elliott film directed by Robert D. Krzykowski.

This is the story of Calvin Barr (Elliott).  We meet him as an old man ready to die.  Now, his life has no purpose to continue.  This was not the case in the 1940s.  As a young army man (Aidan Turner) he is sent on a clandestine mission into Germany to execute Hitler and end the war.  He succeeds with half this mission.  As Calvin comes to find out, the evil that engulfed the world during that war was not confined to one man.  Fast forward to modern times.  The story in the papers explains a serial killer in Canada is murdering a whole lot of people.  Lies.  Bigfoot is doing the killing.  See, Bigfoot is spreading a plague that is killing all the wildlife in the areas he roams.  Now he is roaming south...toward the U.S.

Through a weird set of events, Calvin is plucked out of retirement and sent to Canada to murder Bigfoot.  Easy?  Killing is never easy as you will see through Calvin's eyes.  Have I given away the plot?  Nope...not even close.  Be ready to shed a tear or two and rethink the way you have thought about monsters and war.  Maybe you will also rethink the concept of evil.'ll see the'll see'll see how evil and killing can break a good man. 

This may be a difficult movie to watch as we see what has happened to a hero who has come to grips with his so-called heroism.  Sam Elliott is terrific, and so is Aidan Turner as a young Calvin.  Be warned you will see plenty of monsters (Hitler and Sasquatch) though this film is not really about those two beings.  There is a bit of "The Unforgiven" (The Clint Eastwood film) in this one.  See "The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot" and be ready to think about where you will go in the final decades of your existence.        

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