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‘Hit Man’: How Deep Can You Hide?

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Netflix’s newest film, Hit Man surrounds our protagonist, Gary Johnson (Glen Powell). Gary Johnson is a professor who teaches psychology and philosophy at the University of New Orleans. But his second job is going over to help out the New Orleans Police Department with undercover operations. Gary’s sole task is to create a variety of personas to meet with people who need a “hit man.”

Glen Powell as Gary Johnson in ‘HIT MAN’. Photo: Netflix

Gary begins to love his job as it grows apparent to his co-workers, Phil (Sanjay Rao) and Claudette (Retta). At first, Gary doesn’t appear confident in playing every personas. That is until he makes up crazy backstories to each character that he plays, particularly the character of “Ron” which is the main one that he sticks to.

In the middle of the film, Gary meets Madison (Adria Arjona), a down on her luck woman, who is in a sticky situation and needs a hit man. Gary still uses his “Ron” persona, but finds himself falling in love with her. This is when the lines between being undercover and his own wants of being with Madison become blurred.

Many of the themes in this movie are underneath the surface. Gary uses many of the personas as a way to flesh out what and who he wants to be. He uses his first job as a professor in psychology to explain to his students why people might want to put on a mask in front of people. It becomes even more interesting as he then helps Madison with her own problem regarding her ex-husband, Ray.

The movie was a little slow in the beginning, especially as we’re just getting to know all the characters. I did enjoy that the personas kept me entertained, but it was mostly Ron that had me giggling throughout the film. I also enjoyed Gary when he’s himself because while he’s quite shy, he’s also very smart when it came to his two jobs. In the end I think Hit Man is an entertaining film, and it’s worth giving it a watch.

I give this movie a 3/5 stars. 

You can watch Hit Man, now streaming on Netflix. 

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Janelle Holland
Janelle Holland
My name is Janelle, and I love comics, T.V. shows, movies. I enjoy everything from Marvel to DC. You can usually find me with a comic book in my hand and some coffee.

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