Synopsis: Hitman: Agent 47, based on the popular video game, centres around the world’s deadliest assassin – a genetically enhanced clone with superior intelligence and superhuman abilities.
Review: Having found myself at a loose end over weekend. I figured I’d rent a movie. So I chose ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ because I kind of wanted to see how it stacked up against the 2007 film, which it is a reboot of.
The films story is pretty much about something called The Agent Program, which basically saw the creation of genetically engineered clones with superhuman speed, strength and above genius level intelligence. The whole back story is told in the space of the opening credits.
As the movie opens we learn that a syndicate is hunting for the scientist that created the Agents and from there on in you get a very fast paced techno thriller that barely gives its characters much time to breath much less the viewers.
As reboots go. This is no where near as bad as ‘The Fantastic Four’, but it is no where near as good as the original ‘Hitman’ film, which starred Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47.
In this version the role of Agent 47 is taken on by Rupert Friend who seems to be doing his best terminator impersonation with some rather matter of fact delivery of lines. The centre of the films story is Katia who is unaware that she is also enhanced, which is somewhat why the film kind of falls down. You’d think the writers would have spent a little more time on Katia’s emotional response to finding out that she has been enhanced and is essentially Agent 47’s sister. Hannah Ware who plays Katia in the film puts in a game performance, but really isn’t given to much to work with here.
The film is essentially style over substance and may as well be a huge advert for Audi given how much attention is paid to the cars during the chase sequences.
Sadly with all the action that the film has going on. There is very little time for character beats, which robs the movie of any kind of emotional punch.
Zachary Quinto puts in a solid performance as John Smith. The syndicate agent who is hunting Katia in order to get to her father. But again he has very little to work with, but somehow steals the movie.
This is noting more than a chase movie which is so fast paced that you’d be forgiven for losing the plot. Such as it is.
If you want to see Hitman your best bet is to check out the superior 2007 movie, which was done better in my opinion. Rent it if you must. But I think you’d probably enjoy the 2007 version more or better still the actual video game.