Hitman Charlie Valentine wants to retire big time, about 4 million to be stolen from the mob so he can live the good life but the plan backfires with Charlie making it out in time. This is the start to writer/director Jesse V. Johnson's brilliantly gritty donation to the Gangster genre 'THE HITMEN DIARIES: CHARLIE VALENTINE'. The true standouts are the brilliant acting by the ensemble: Raymond J. Barry playing Charlie as a no nonsense pro wanting to get out; Michael Weatherly (Tony Dinozzo from 'NCIS) as Charlie's son, James Russo as Rocco, the mob boss and blink or you'll miss performances by Steven Bauer and Tom Berringer. The film is bloody, gritty, and intense, need I say more? Highly recommended for all fans of mobster movies and brilliant filmmaking.