Why is Hollywood obsessed with Hit Men movies?

“The Hitman’s Wife” seemed like a weird choice for a franchise.

The 2017 film pairing Samuel L. Jackson with Ryan Reynolds is the epitome of “turn your brain off” cinema. The film grossed $ 75 million domestically despite mediocre reviews. The global audience increased its box office by an additional $ 100 million.

Not bad. Neat, even. Still, the idea of ​​a sequel and by extension a franchise seemed to be a stretch. Unless you are considering another factor.

Hollywood can’t get enough of hitman movies.

Just weeks ago, we saw (well, that was a very small group of us) “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.” The awkward title film did about half of what the original film earned before the pandemic, which probably stopped the franchise — for now.

Next? “The Protege” with Maggi Q, Jackson (again) and Michael Keaton.

Anna (Maggie Q) was rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody (Samuel L. Jackson) and trained in the family business, and is the world’s most talented contract killer. But when Moody – the man who was like a father to her and taught her everything she needed to know about trust and survival – is brutally killed, Anna swears revenge. As she becomes entangled in an enigmatic killer (Michael Keaton), whose attraction to her extends far beyond cat and mouse, their confrontation becomes deadly, and the loose ends of a life spent killing will still weave. tighter.

We already saw “Black Widow” this summer, which serves as both a superhero movie and an assassin style. What about the following recent movies?

  • “Anna”
  • “Ava”
  • “The virtuoso”
  • “Terminal”
  • “Mr. Right”
  • “Irish”
  • “Polar”
  • “Asher”

Not enough?

Netflix is ​​removing “Kate”, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The action car throws the actress “Birds of Prey” which you guess as a hit person who has nothing to lose.

We can not talk hitman movies without touching the “John Wick” franchise. The fourth “chapter” in the series was to “hit” the cinemas in 2022. Few would bet that it again scored big in the box office.

Why?

Hitman movies require anti-heroes to begin with. Modern storytellers have a harder time with scout-style protagonists. Your average hit man avoids family ties, clings to a very tight group of friends, and is always retired in Hollywood.

It is a significant trope in the genre. They are rarely too old, just too old for the concert.

Violence is part of the hit men’s narrative. You do not buy a ticket to these films and expect debate in the style of “My dinner with Others”. Studies love violence in almost every form, from torture porn horror to wall-to-wall bullets.

These movies also offer a neat and tidy arc so that killers can reflect on their actions and either retreat or change their way at the third act.

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What’s fascinating about the trend, though, is how it collides with Hollywood’s waking revolution. We are asked to cheer on men and women who reject law enforcement and the nuances that led to the murderous actions of their targets.

It is the greatest sign that the wake is deliberately inconsistent, a bad moral compass for an industry or follower.

If there’s a new wrinkle for a genre with deep roots (think “The Professional”, “Pulp Fiction”) it’s female assassins. It’s Hollywood’s way of empowering women (they can kill with impunity just like guys) without writing nuanced characters worthy of our best actresses.

Hitman movies are far from catnip in the box office. The aforementioned list lacks a single success story (“The Irishman” is an exception, but the Oscar bait film had Martin Scorsese’s name attached to it).

Will the trend continue? This is likely given the industry’s passion for gun games, redeemable characters and a lasting lack of imagination.

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