Hitman: Agent 47 is yet another movie based off a video game. I found it both underwhelming and mildly entertaining at the same time.
This review is coming from person who has not played the video game and is not familiar with the 2007 movie. I wondered when I went to watch whether my interest be piqued enough to play the video game. Or would I just wonder why they even bothered? It ended up a lackluster mixture of both.
According to the movie, Hitman: Agent 47 revolves around one agent named Agent 47. He was part of a secret government organization bent on creating a new form of emotionless killers. The plan worked out too well and the agents turned against their creators. The project was quickly dissolved, but the mastermind behind the plan has gone into hiding. Now,the Syndicate, wishes to restart the program and has been actively hunting the scientist down. Only he hid too well. A clue may lie with his newly discovered daughter. Now all of the agency forces are closing in on her.
The explanation is played out in the beginning just like a cinematic start scene from a video game. The movie seems to echo the same cat and mouse game narrative as the E3 game trailer . The movie offers no new perspective on an overused assassin trope. Agent 47 is the prototype of a brilliant, cold assassin who is able to find a shred of humanity. Everything on screen was pretty much a 3D version of a gameplay minus the controller. The dialogue was simple, predictable, and delivered very methodically. My thumb kept twitching to press the invisible “X” button on my non-existent controller.
I wanted to fast forward to the fight scenes, where I was entertained.The ridiculous and over the top action sequences made up the bulk of the movie. The initial body count was shocking, but somewhere around the twentieth blood splatter from head shots, the desensitization to the death toll helped quiet my analytical mind. There is no way to feel any horror at these deaths. It’s exactly like playing a first person shooter game.
The star of the movie went to the shiny red Audi. That Audi was dang near indestructible and could turn on a dime. Yet not one person tried to shoot at the Audi windows as it was speeding by. Plenty of people were shot at while driving, but not if they were in the Audi. If there is ever a zombie apocalypse, I will nab myself an Audi.
This is not to say that the actors weren’t good. The hitman himself was played by Rupert Friend. Even with a stoney, unchanging expression he, was able to be menacing, terrifying, and deliver funny quips. The mysterious daughter, Katya, is played by Hannah Ware. She immediately reminded me of Rosario Dawson and Angelina Jolie upon first sight. She also delivered multi-faceted reactions from a stoic face. It was Zachary Quinto that was a delight to watch. Quinto played a new breed of assassins. Instead of menacing, he was more of a petulant, jealous child. He spent is time ranting and raving about being top dog but not being able to deliver.
The movie kept me entertained enough for the couple of hours, but it was far from being an enjoyable escapist movie. The simple dialogue that was initially amusing became annoyingly unsatisfactory later on. The plot was just too predictable and full of convenient coincidences. There was just no build up. It was a steady flow of chasing and action.
There is one little sequence towards the end of the movie that stands out. Near the end, Agent 47 and Katya are in an elevator and the chemistry is completely in sync. There’s a great little music accompaniment, some interesting shots, and it started to get exciting! Then the elevator doors open and it just fizzles away.
The movie teases a bit of a cliff hanger (stay after the credits!) ,but the significance of it is completely lost on me.
For mild entertainment, this movie would be fun to see. Just don’t expect to have your minds blown by anything epic.