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Highly Suspect Reviews: Hit Man

Hit Man Movie Review

HIT MAN MOVIE REVIEW

Director Richard Linklater is a director who pretty much always turns out a good film, even if it’s not terribly populist entertainment. Hit Man certainly isn’t for the kids, but it’s surprising that Netflix buried its theatrical run considering how endearing the film really is, not to mention the star vehicle that Glen Powell has been waiting for. He plays Gary Johnson, a nerdy philosophy teacher who moonlights on the side for the police as a tech guy. When their lead undercover operative who does their stings gets suspended, Gary is asked to fill in, playing the part of a prospective hit man interviewing a ‘client’ looking to kill someone. Turns out, he takes to the role with aplomb, researching each new ‘client’ and becoming the hit man caricature he thinks they would expect. When he makes a decision to let one young woman (Adria Arjona) off the hook, convincing her to seek help rather than to kill her abusive husband, it eventually leads to them meeting again, falling hard for each other…only he still has to pretend to be the cool as ice hit man. And things get more complicated from there. Chris, Alan, and Mike really dug the heck out of this new film and since you probably can’t see it at a theater with an appreciative audience the way the film deserves, at least check it out on Netflix.

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DIRECTED BY: Richard Linklater

STARRING: Glen Powell, Adria Arjona, Austin Amelio, Retta, Sanjay Rao, Evan Holtzman, Molly Bernard

 

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Photo on 2011-10-02 at 13.02Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)

Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas in 1992 where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this community of critics. While Brian eventually followed his heart to a new family, Chris continues on with a cast of colorful folks from all over the country (and a few others). You can also check out Chris in his videocast, along with Martin Thomas and Danni Danger, that One Of Us does with our friends at Bell of Lost Souls: Crossover Event. He also regularly guests on the video game website Rage Select. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.

 

 

Nathan Flynn (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)

A recent transplant to Austin originally hailing from the wretched hive of scum and villainy that is the Midwest, Nathan Flynn has been a movie super freak since he saw “An American Werewolf in London” way too young and grew up worshipping the James Bond franchise and all things related to Cold War-era spycraft. When he’s not watching movies and being a constant defender of the Tron franchise, he can be found practicing his second biggest love: cooking (having been a chef for 10+ years) and hitting his head up against a desk to write screenplays that nobody reads. He also spearheads his own podcast on the Mission Impossible franchise titled “Mission: Impodible”. He can be found rarely posting on his personal twitter.

 

 

Chris HAlan Galinsky (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Deliberations of Doom)

Born and raised in Texas, Alan Galinsky is a lifetime movie fan. As a youth, he would rent multiple movies every weekend and go to the theater for the latest releases, and that pace has remained steady. When Alan isn’t watching movies, you can find him talking about movies. When he’s not talking about movies, you can find him playing music in the band Delicate Boys.

 

 

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