Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

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Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
  • Time: 108 min
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Director: Aleksander Bach
  • Cast: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware

Storyline:

Hitman: Agent 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research ­ and forty-six earlier Agent clones — endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47’s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.

2 reviews

  • Hit-man: Agent 47 teems with spectacularly choreographed action scenes, so real looking you would think you are actually watching a real video game, like the one the film’s based upon. But you can’t expect more than that. Outside the territory of its gore explosiveness and visual intensity, stretches bare ground of pure dumbness, of pointless narrative entanglements, that is more often bereft of sense and tension, you probably wouldn’t care to follow. It’s ironic, really, when the film itself suits itself as a complex one, but barely constructs a coherent storyline to make us drawn and interested. It’s an effort to lay groundworks for supposedly incoming conflicts and answers, but the thinly-structured backstories, more often than not, mess up during the process.

    The narrative is complex. That’s probably what first time director, Alexandre Bach, and his team of writers, want to claim. That’s one easy thing to justify when you’ve stuffed your storyline with bunch of needless, if not poorly-structured expositories, but looking at it as a whole, it’s basically just about a genetically-engineered assassin trying to stop a malevolent organization from making more killing machines like him. This involves going after a girl named Katia (Hannah Ware), who is actually the daughter of our hero’s creator. In pursuit of her, is Agent 47(Rupert Friend), the last and perfect, of his kind, and John Smith (Zachary Quinto) of the international criminal organization, Syndicate International (nope, not the one we heard in Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible). Katia, herself, has been trying to locate her father, and that’s exactly the information the ‘Syndicate’ hopes to get from her, so they could resume creating more of Agent 47’s kind, a dream only Katia’s father could help them fulfill.

    Once the adrenaline picks up, deadly cat and mouse chases follow, and explosive breath-takingly executed fight setpieces roll out like dominoes, as if nothing can’t stop them.’Hit-man’ works fine with this set up, and those who only look for action of such seismic scale, should get satisfied, but for a film that actually seems to aim achievements far beyond just perfectly-choreographed violence and visually explosive setpieces, this film is a misfire.

  • “We determine who we are by what we do.”

    Before, when I had no responsibilities and enough time in the evening, I was hopelessly addicted to playing video games. Many hours I spent behind my monitor slogging myself through all sorts of levels. Wondering what would follow. I had this relentless drive to improve myself on all fronts. Nowadays, I can’t bring myself to stare at a screen for hours as an addict. On the one hand I don’t have the time anymore and on the other hand I don’t feel like doing that anymore. But I do get excited every time there’s an attempt to make a film adaptation of a video game. The meager attempts there have been to date (and somewhat successful in my opinion) are for me the “Tomb Raider” and “Resident Evil” franchise. But still there’s something subtle missing in those movies when you compare them with their console version. Perhaps it’s because you don’t have control over it and must undergo it. Perhaps the reason is plain simple. Maybe video games aren’t suitable for screen adaptations.

    What about this Hit-man film? Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the original film from 2007. So I have no clue how bad or good that was. And I don’t know what comparables there are with this version of “Hit-man : Agent 47”. Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) is a cold-blooded, dispassionate secret agent who is a kind of reincarnation of Neo, mixed with John Wick and “The Equalizer”. Fearless, intelligent, very fast and deadly. On the cover you see a bald, unemotional man in a sleek black suit and a red tie, holding two dangerous looking guns. A genetically engineered assassin, originating from the laboratory of Dr. Pitor Litvenko (Ciaran Hinds). Apparently everybody is looking for Litvenko. But all have their own reasons to find him. Agent 47 is looking for the abandoned daughter Katia (Hannah Ware). His task is to eliminate her, so that the “Syndicate International” can’t use her to track Litvenko. This organization wants to restart the Agent program.

    “Hit-man: Agent 47” is nothing more than a series of action-packed scenes full of meaningless violent confrontations with a rather weak storyline. The violence is abundant and waves of extreme skirmishes hit you continuously. At those moments you’ll witness the superhuman features like for instance a sub-dermal titanium body armor (yep). In addition, there’s excessive use of slow-motion effects. Not exactly innovative. So don’t expect a complicated story. It’s all pretty predictable and simplistic. You can’t say the dialogs are intelligent or interesting.The characters can be seen as very sterile. But claiming Rupert Friend just shows a total lack of emotion and nothing else, is kind of ridiculous, since this is a key feature of Agent 47. This manipulated agent can’t comprehend the concept of emotions.

    Hit-man provides amusement and brings mindless entertainment, but as a whole it’s anything but a real hit.

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