The silent and mysterious hitman from Netflix’s Sweet Girl might just be the best – and worst – part of the movie.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Sweet Girl, now streaming on Netflix.
As much as Netflix Nice girl pits the Cooper family against the Big Pharma system, BioPrime, there is indeed a more human, tangible and ingrained enemy that Ray (Jason Momoa) and his daughter, Rachel (Isabela Merced), must fight. He’s the mysterious and brooding assassin known as Amos Santos – a strong, silent guy who kills brutally and mercilessly. However, as much as he is the best part of the movie, he is also the worst.
Rachel’s story gets a bit too complicated when it’s revealed that she’s actually the one killing people to reach the bosses of BioPrime. She appears to have Dissociative Identity Disorder, imagining that she is her deceased father as she seeks revenge. However, that makes the rivalry with Amos quite interesting as this is the person who killed a reporter who tried to throw a whistleblower and then emptied Ray on a train in the first act of a display of knives that would make the soldier of proud winter.
And like Nice girl Going on, seeing Amos kill even BioPrime figures proves there’s a deeper plot at hand. The way he silences the details makes him even nicer, as he’s an efficient killing machine and a true one-man army that roams America. But that starts to crumble when he arrives on the outskirts of Pittsburgh to take out Rachel.
Amos meets “Ray” at a restaurant and seeing that it really is Rachel, he gives him a glimpse into his own tragic past. The oppressors came to his family farm as a child, slaughtered his relatives and took their land. He survived in hiding, later becoming a hit man and taking the murderers for revenge. Now he’s a mercenary, with MP Diana Morgan hiring him to choke on everyone so that his bribes to help BioPrime remain low-key.
As much as Nice girl tries to make this nuanced and relatable, it fails miserably as Amos is then reduced to someone chasing Rachel for thrills and a challenge. Her story should keep him from being an obstacle in Rachel’s path, as she is literally going through the same pain that he has endured. After all, Rachel’s mother passed away because of the capitalists playing God with cancer drugs and market prices, preventing her from seeking treatment. This means he watches revenge, heartbreak, and the PSTD consume her and turn her into a monster like he was.
So, Amos should want to help Rachel fight the same opportunistic philosophies that robbed her of a happy life. Instead, subliminally telling her to meet him in town for a deathmatch, which, if she survives, will allow her access to Diana, Nice girl works counterintuitively to its past. It makes no sense to force an emotional connection with Amos seeing himself in Rachel and then totally ignore the meaning behind it.
If Amos had run down Diana and helped Rachel it would have painted him as a man with a new purpose and given him redemption. He could have been her new father figure, but instead he turned into a cheap, predictable, and uninspiring gadget when the setup was there to turn Amos into something much more.
To see Amos being the best and the worst at the same time, watch Nice girl now on Netflix.
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