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Hollywood’s Obsession With Hitmen Movies

Hollywood’s Obsession With Hitmen Movies

Woke bylaws have dramatically changed Hollywood’s product.

Raunchy comedies are out, with “Ricky Stanicky” being an exception relegated to Amazon Prime. Old-school rom-coms went the way of the fax machine, with the mediocre “Anyone But You” over-performing with love-starved patrons.

Yet Hollywood’s new moral order has no qualms about making hitmen (and women) the newest trend.

Yes, many recent films ask us to empathize with stone-cold killers. They murder for a living, earn fabulous paychecks, and often live to see the end credits roll. And they anchor a shocking number of films. Let’s tally up some recent examples.

  • Brad Pitt in “Bullet Train” (2022)
  • The “John Wick” franchise – plus “The Continental,” a new Peacock series and the upcoming “Ballerina” spinoff with Ana de Armas.
  • Michael Fassbender in “The Killer” (2023)
  • “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (2017) and its sequel, “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” (2021)
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead in “Kate” (2021)
  • Jessica Chastain in “Ava” (2020)
  • Sasha Luss in “Anna” (2019)
  • Michael Keaton, Maggie Q in “The Protégé” (2021)
  • Glen Powell in “Hit Man” (June 2024)
  • Taraji P. Henson in “Proud Mary” (2018)
  • Three…

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