Hitman (2007, Conspiracy Action Video Game Adaptation)–7/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Producer: Charles Gordon
Producer: Adrian Askarieh
Timothy Olyphant: Agent 47
Dougray Scott: Mike Whittier
Olga Kurylenko: Nika Boronina
Robert Knepper: Yuri Marklov
Ulrich Thomsen: Mikhail Belicoff
Henry Ian Cusack: Udre Belicoff
Michael Offei: Jenkins
Producer: Pierre-Ange Le Pogam
Writer: Skip Woods
Director: Xavier Gens

Hitman (2007)

Another day, another assassination for Agent 47. This time it’s Russian Premier Mikhail Belicoff but 47 is somewhat surprised when, after shooting the target very much in the face, he appears alive and well just a few hours later. Then someone tries to assassinate him and 47 needs to find out what is going on.

7/10

Well, here’s a first: a good movie spawned from a video game. A good movie compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark or something? No, but as a modestly budgeted action movie, this has effective bone-crunching action sequences (note, it’s rather more graphically violent than expected and one suspects the how-did-they-do-that PG-13 version is a bit depressing for original director Xavier Gens), a story that is enough to hold it together (as long as you don’t pay any attention to it; there must have been a thousand people see the original target get deaded), a solid script (great gag where SPOILER 47 uses a knock-out syringe to extricate himself from a sexual situation he can’t handle), excellent photography, and, for gun lovers, a surprising attention to detail (the silenced weapon makes the sound a silenced weapon makes, ie, it’s still loud) and thumping sound effects. The cast are fine but the director really makes it work. It looks great, feels cool, feels true to it’s gaming source, and is never remotely boring. Also, a helicopter shoots up a church for just about no reason other than it’s cool.

This movie contains sexual swear words and substance abuse and extreme and gory gun violence, very strong melee violence, blade violence, extremely unpleasant scenes and full female nudity.

 

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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