HIT MAN – Review by Susan Granger

“You have to live passionately – on your own terms,” instructs Gary Johnson (Glenn Powell), a mild-mannered, tech-savvy, psychology/philosophy professor at the University of New Orleans, who moonlights occasionally for local law enforcement, setting up recording/listening devices for their ‘sting’ operations. One day, while in the audio surveillance truck, he is summoned to fill in for a veteran undercover detective (Austin Amelio) who was caught in a compromising situation. Basically, geeky Gary is told to pretend to be a hitman for hire.

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Portrayal of Latinas in HIT MAN and ATLAS – Commentary by Jennifer Green

Two new, high-profile releases are offering very different representations of Latinas in roles played by Jennifer Lopez and Adria Arjona. In the sci-fi actioner Atlas, Lopez saves the world, fighting off robots intent on destroying humanity, battling them from inside an AI mech suit and outwitting both them and her male colleagues. She’s buff and smart but also vulnerable, grappling with trust issues left over from childhood trauma. Compare this to Arjona’s role in Hit Man. Arjona plays a woman who considers hiring a hit man to kill her abusive husband, but the hit man is actually an undercover police contractor who convinces her not to. Instead, she leaves her husband and embarks on a steamy affair with the hit man.

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HIT MAN – Review by Serena Seghedoni

Hit Man’s protagonist is Gary Johnson, an extremely ordinary psychology and philosophy university professor whom you’d barely notice if you passed him on the street. But Gary has a side job, as he collaborates with the New Orleans Police in his spare time, helping them catch prospective offenders. And, when we first meet him, he’s just been promoted from “man in the van” to “contract killer.” In other words, his new role requires him to meet with ordinary people looking to hire a hit man and get their requests on tape, so that the cops can arrest them.

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