Hitman: Agent 47

“Hitman: Agent 47” is aggressively awful, the kind of film that rubs its lackadaisical screenwriting, dull filmmaking and boring characters in your face, almost daring you lớn ask the theater operator for your money back. It is a film that feels made out of contractual obligation instead of artistic venture, or even a remote desire lớn entertain. Other than a few slow-motion action sequences, it does nothing to either distinguish itself from the action movie crowd or even khổng lồ appeal khổng lồ fans of the game series on which it is SO loosely based as to lớn really insult its core audience. Here’s where you should know that I’ve sầu played most of the “Hitman” games. I’m not convinced anyone involved in the production of “Hitman: Agent 47” can say the same.

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The “Hitman” games are more about strategy than firepower. You have sầu to work in the shadows, avoiding tương tác with the enemy, working with limited ammo, và often working with the environment khổng lồ cthảm bại your contract. Yes, your character is a killing machine, but most often through stealth và heightened abilities, not because he’s some variation on “The Terminator.” Before the credits, the đoạn Clip game iteration of Agent 47 has been obliterated, as Rupert Friend’s title character whirls và spins lượt thích Neo at the over of “The Matrix,” eliminating enemies incapable of pointing & shooting their guns in a logical amount of time.

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In one of the rare nods lớn the game series, Agent 47 receives his lademo assignment from Diana (Angelababy), his mysterious handler. He has lớn find Katia van Dees (Hannah Ware) & her father Dr. Litvenko (Ciaran Hinds), the man who created the Agent program decades earlier. Since Litvenko disappeared, nefarious bad guys like Le Clerq (Thomas Kretschmann) have sầu been trying to create their own genetically-modified killing machines, và failing. They need Litvenko lớn resurrect the program that Agent 47 wants lớn see destroyed forever. And we quickly learn that Katia is no ordinary daughter, as she has a certain set of skills herself. Meanwhile, an American who calls himself John Smith (Zachary Quinto) tracks down Katie himself. Is he a good guy who can protect her or an enemy in disguise?

It doesn’t matter. You won’t care. “Hitman: Agent 47” is the definition of a soulless film. It is hollow through và through, designed khổng lồ appeal to an international market with the bare minimum of creative effort put inlớn it khổng lồ vày so. Say what you will about the overall chất lượng of the “Resident Evil” films, but they at least had personality now and then, which is what every frame of this film is lacking. Just when you think “Agent 47” might get interesting—mostly in a couple fight scenes with Quinto lớn, who at least seems lượt thích he’s the only one having a good time—director Alexsander Bach và writers Skip Woods và Michael Finch go back lớn the same slo-mo, dull action well again. There’s no character worth caring about, no performance that registers, và no visual style lớn really note. It’s almost a non-movie.

Making a movie about a heartless killing machine can be tough on a filmmaker, & Bach cribs notably from “The Terminator” series khổng lồ bởi so. Sure, it’s difficult to lớn care about Agent 47, but that’s where the filmmaking needed to elevate lớn make the project worthwhile. Design a few interesting action mix pieces. Bring some flair và style to the project that’s even as good as the video games. Yes, the đoạn phim games on which this film is based have sầu more character & artistic merit. You’d be better off paying someone khổng lồ watch them play for 96 minutes than khổng lồ see “Hitman: Agent 47.”


Brian Tallerico

Brian Talleriteo is the Editor of hanagaming.com, và also covers television, film, Blu-ray, and video games. He is also a writer for Vulture, The Playdanh mục,The Thủ đô New York Times, và Rolling Stone,& the President of the Chicago Film Critics Association.