The basis for DIARY OF A HITMAN was a stage drama called Insider's Price
, by Kenneth Pressman, and although the playwright adapted his own work for the screen the film's theatrical origins are painfully clear.
The introspective hit man is Dekker (Forest Whitaker), a veteran assassin-for-hire who's tried but largely failed to remain indifferent to his profession. Now his eyesight is failing and his weapon arm pains him. With one more hit he'll have enough cash to retire, but the latest contract is
unusually gruesome. A dubiously reformed hood named Zidzyk (Lewis Smith) has accepted Jesus as his savior, and now wants his wife dead (because she knows too muc...