John: Well...I was going to commit suicide.
Matt: Oh. (beat) Any chance you could not do that?
Hit It is a 24-minute Short Film directed and co-written by Thomas Ridgewell, better known as TomSka of asdfmovie fame, released in November 2012 as Tom's final project for the University of Lincoln. The film was released after going through a re-filming after the original version was lost alongside about 3,500 pounds worth of stuff that was in a bag Tom left on a train.
The film is based around a man named John about to jump off a building but being stopped by a Wide-Eyed Idealist (at least, for the time being) named Matt. After getting John off the ledge, Matt takes him to a bar where John recounts the full story of how he wound up on that ledge.
Contains examples of the following tropes:
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: Near the end of the film, John gets a call from someone who threatens that if John doesn't turn himself in, they will brutally kill Zoey and then hunt down John.
- Art Shift: A montage of John and Zoey's dates is shown through a series of stylized still frames against color-corrected backgrounds, interchanging between the two together and John killing someone.
- Audience Surrogate: Matt, who is experiencing the story in real time, as is the audience, and will likely have similar reactions to events in the story.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: John's motivation for getting on that ledge in the first place, since he got a call from someone who knew of his work as a hitman, and threatened to kill him and his girlfriend if he didn't turn himself in.
- Bolivian Army Ending: The film ends with John ordering Matt to get under the table as he engages in a giant Mexican Standoff with all of the "resources" that were sent in to hunt him down.
- Book-Ends: The park scene starts and ends with Zoey doing a Stealth Hi/Bye.
- Boom, Headshot!: John's preferred way of executing targets.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: After receiving that phone call, John stayed up all night thinking, had some breakfast, and decided to kill himself.
- Bungled Suicide: What starts the film and the plot.
- Chekhov's Gun: During the fight scene, John throws a toaster at his attacker, and then uses it to stun the attacker when he puts John in a chokehold.
- Creator Cameo: Not Tom himself, but his famous "dubstep sunglasses" music plays during the fight scene.
- Department of Redundancy Department: After John helps Zoey (who locked herself out) and gets invited in to her place for a drink, she lists the types of choices: "Water, tea...water."
- Despair Event Horizon: John at the start of the film, considering our introduction to him is of him about to jump off a building. At that time, he also felt like suicide was his only choice.
- The Ditz: Zoey certainly feels like this at times.
- Epic Fail:
- Zoey somehow thought that Googling just "John" would get her information about John.
- When Zoey demonstrates some Japanese at a dinner date with John, she asks him if he knows any languages. John says "uno, dos linguas" and gets a blank look from Zoey, who didn't know immediately that it was Spanish.
- Heroic Suicide: By the end of the film, it's easy to see John's suicide attempt in this light, considering John was being threatened to turn himself in or have Zoey killed and then have himself be hunted down.
- Improbable Weapon User: During a fight, John ends up using a nearby lamp to try and fend off his attacker. It doesn't boot.
- Musicalis Interruptus: John and Zoey's date montage ends abruptly with a sudden cut back to current John.
- Oh, Crap!: By both John and likely the viewer when John gets a call from someone that not only knows about John's string of killings, but knows about Zoey.
- Once More, with Clarity!: Near the start, we are shown a scene of John doing his daily evening routine. After we learn that John's a hitman, that same scene is reshown but repurposed with more context. For example, what looked like John washing his hands was actually John cleaning the blood off of something.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Matt has some that cover his left eye.
- The Power of Love: One of John's motives for suicide was that he saw that it was Better to Die than Be Killed in the sense that Zoey wouldn't have to be brutally murdered.
- The Reveal: Halfway through the film, we discover that John's a hitman.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Matt tries to leave after John confesses his profession as a hitman, but John forces him to stay.
- Shout-Out: The yellow captions that appear every now and then describing the scene seem very influenced by Scott Pilgrim. All subtlety is then thrown away when Zoey and John have their first kisses and 8-bit music starts playing.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Zoey does this at the start and end of the scene in the park, with her materializing on the bench next to John between cuts, and then disappearing abruptly, even with a popping sound.
- Stunned Silence: Matt after John tells him that at his first date with Zoey, he killed a man.
- That Came Out Wrong: At Zoey and John's first dinner date, John asks Zoey what she likes to do for pleasure. When Zoey starts giggling, John gets the cue to reword his question to what Zoey does in her free time.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: John has a bad habit of doing this at times.
- After shooting the man in the bathroom of the restaurant at his dinner date, John walks up to him and shoots him two more times.
- When John is attacked by a masked assailant, the ensuing fight ends with John shooting the attacker in the stomach not once, not twice, but eight times.
- The Unapologetic: John is not at all abashed in telling a complete stranger about his job as a hitman, and feels/exhibits no remorse in stating that he kills people for a living. When he shoots the guy in the bathroom of the restaurant, he sure as hell doesn't look sorry.
- Unreliable Narrator: Brought up briefly.Matt: How do I even know you're telling the truth?
John: You don't.
- Wham Line: A rather blunt and unapologetic one from John."I kill people. For money."
- Wham Shot:
- A more literal case, when a man innocently leaves the restaurant, only to be suddenly gunned down by John.
- The shot of a gun non-discreetly hidden away in John's blazer that is revealed as John turns and raises his arm to get a waiter's attention.
- When It All Began
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Matt starts off as one, but after John admits to being a hitman, his facade crumbles and he gets a harsh reality check.
- You Monster! / What the Hell, Hero?: After John dwells on his profession as a hitman, Matt tries talking sense into him and what terrible things he's doing.