Howdy ladies and gents, time for a film review, yeah I still write those for new films haha. Today I’ll be talking about Hitman: Agent 47, the second adaptation of the popular video game series. I had a lot of hope for this film or at least hoped that it’d be good enough to be considered a decent video game adaptation, but after the bad reviews came out I wasn’t too interested in watching it. Well I saw it last night and now I’m ready to pass judgement.
The story can be summed up as the following:
“An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.”
I thought the story was interesting but incredibly clichéd. There were certainly moments of intrigue and mystery, but once Agent 47 and Katia got together and the story surrounding her father and the Syndicate is revealed, things get pretty dull pretty quickly. Whether it is the dialogue, specific reveals and plot points or the way in which the film ended, it was really lame, generic and lacking in originality. I’m not sure who to blame, but I do believe that having Skip Woods on as the writer was a bad idea. This man has been attached to several bad films including the original Hitman, Die Hard 5 and the craptastic X-Men Origins: Wolverine. What really bothers me is that this film feels like the same kind of bullshit story details that I’ve seen in other video game adaptations, I don’t understand why it is so hard for certain gaming franchises to be adapted when there is such good source material to draw from. But actually, I do, it is because the filmmakers that are hired don’t have the right kind of talent and/or have people that don’t understand the source material too well. I just know in the hands of a more talented screenwriter and more confident director this film could have been so much more.
As for the cast, they vary from being good to being kind of lame. Rupert Friend is the main saving grace as Agent 47, Friend has the right kind of mannerisms, action chops and emotionless face to be this badass assassin. Hannah Ware was decent as Katia van Dees, at times she felt annoying or dull, but Ware did well with the material she was given. Zachary Quinto as John Smith, this was a mixture of good and bad. At certain points Quinto looks like he was tapping into his old Sylar persona and he was pretty intimidating, but then he starting getting a bit over-the-top. Ciarán Hinds was as Dr. Litvenko, but didn’t add much to the film for me. And finally Thomas Kretschmann as Antoine LeClerq was lame, Kretschmann is a do like a lot and after being wasted in Avengers 2 earlier in the year, here he’s reduced to a boring antagonist who does little more than make threats, sit around and rarely adds anything significant to the film.
When it comes to the presentation it was decent. Visually the film is good, they was some decent hand to hand combat, nice shoot outs and some good cinematography and editing with certain sequences. Plus I appreciated some of the creative ways Agent 47 dispatched certain people just like the games. However I feel like there could have been much more done, and the use of CGI felt completely unnecessary as it was far too obvious when something was real and when it was fake, and it doesn’t help that the CGI looks like it was made for TV on multiple occasions. And the soundtrack by Marco Beltrami was good, it wasn’t great but it had moments where it sounded pretty nice.
In conclusion Hitman: Agent 47 is an alright film with some nice moments of action and intrigue and good central performances from Rupert Friend, however even those elements can’t save this film from its bad story, unoriginal ideas, dull characters and overuse of CGI. I don’t hate the film but I probably won’t be watching it again any time soon.
Rating: 5.5/10 (harmless fun)
So have you seen Hitman: Agent 47 and if so what did you think? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀