Director: Xavier Gens
Cast: Dougray Scott, Michael Offei, Olga Kurylenko,
Robert Knepper, Timothy Olyphant, Ulrich Thomsen
RunTime: 1 hr 50 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Rating: NC-16 (Violence and Nudity)
Official Website: www.hitmanmovie.com
Opening Day: 29 November 2007
Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant) has been educated to become a
professional assassin for hire, whose most powerful weapons
are his nerve and a resolute pride in his work. 47 is both
the last two digits of the barcode tattooed on the nape of
his neck, and his only name.
hunter becomes the hunted when 47 gets caught up in a political
takeover. Both Interpol and the Russian military chase the
Hitman across Eastern Europe as he tries to find out who set
him up and why they're trying to take him out of the game.
But the greatest threat to 47's survival may be the stirrings
of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him
by a beautiful, damaged girl...
Maybe age is catching up with me, but violent video games
like Resident Evil, Tomb Raider and Doom make me feel giddy
in the head. It doesn’t help that these games feature
ugly villains, mindless gun-shootings and excessive blood-spurting.
Besides, I’ve never been a great fan of their movie
adaptations, other than the eye candy in the forms of Milla
Jovovich and Angelina Jolie. So when another movie based on
a video game comes along, I was not sure whether it’d
be my cup of tea.
suspiciously like a Vin Diesel clone (incidentally, the muscular
actor was supposed to star and produce this movie), Timothy
Olyphant (Die Hard 4.0) plays Agent 47, a much sought-after
assassin who gets tangled up in a political conspiracy involving
the Interpol and the Russian military. As he finds out, this
is not a bad thing because he gets to travel across exotic
Eastern Europe and snog a hot Russian babe at the same time.
you ask me about the plot twists, I’d say they are not
that innovative – you’d probably seen better stories
in Mission: Impossible movies. After a good half hour into
the 100-minute action flick, you won’t be too bothered
about the plot development. A note to the filmmakers: Don’t
even try to intrigue things with a prologue involving a group
of creepy kids getting barcodes tattooed on their shaven heads.
grittily-filmed action sequences deliver on an acceptable
level though, with their in-your-face adrenaline-driven pulses
and poundings. Expect to see gun-shootouts, car chases and
wounds exploding violently with blood. As compared to the
video games which make me giddy, at least these are real,
earning the movie its NC-16 rating. Other than the violence,
our friends at the censorship board also tell us that there
is nudity in the movie, thanks to Olga Kurylenko’s (the
vampire babe in Paris je t’aime) portrayal of a Russian
junkie who bares her assets. These sequences provide a nice
breather (for guys, at least) in an otherwise rapidly-paced
the rest of the movie is littered with badly written lines
for Agent 47 like “Scream as loud as you want, even
the Lord himself will not hear you” and “I told
you to leave her alone, you should have listened”. While
some actors have the charisma to recite absurdly-written lines
(think The Rock spouting those silly dialogues), Olyphant
somehow cannot carry this off. As a result, he ends up looking
the hard core gamers, this flick may be an entertaining live-action
adaptation. For viewers who enjoy violence and all things
aggressively wham-bam, this will be a no-brainer sit-through.
For world-weary viewers like me, this movie is just another
nerve-numbing viewing experience which I’ll quickly
forget a few hours after leaving the theatre.
action flick does not offer anything refreshing: the usual
unimportant storyline and the corny lines are all in place)
Review by John Li