“A man can be an artist… in anything, food, whatever. It depends on how good he is at it. Creasy’s art is death. He’s about to paint his masterpiece.” – Rayburn, Man on Fire
I did the post a few years ago back when a lot of killer movies were still coming out. Now that we’re all about super heroes and white-washed Egyptian gods, I thought that it would be a good idea to post it again … just kidding, my main motivation for bringing back the Top 10 is because I am reading Man on Fire by A.J. Quinnell. You know, I should do an updated list of the latest set of badasses that have shown up in movies …
It’s funny how we can fear death yet applaud it’s dealers so heavily in movies, books and video games. Think about it, the crowd cheers in The Expendables when Terry Crews comes marching down a hallway offloading an Atchisson Assault Shotgun into a crowd of invaders leaving a road of death in his wake. The crowd also roared when little Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl was cutting up adults as if they were paper mache in Kick-Ass.
Fact of the matter is that we love our fictional, professional killers. So who are they and who did we decide to list? Well we sorted through the hundreds from cinema to pick out the people who dealt death as their duty, as opposed to situational killers and super spies like James Bond. Hopefully your favorite assassin made the list – check it out:
9. Michael Sullivan - The Road to Perdition
Tom Hanks playing a gangster/hitman… can you even imagine? Michael Sullivan is a professional whose son is forced to join him on the run after the men he worked for double-crossed him. The combination of father and stone-cold killer made Sullivan one of the most loved and memorable hitmen in movie history.