2008-03-18 13:51
What it's about:

Based on a poplar video game series, Hitman follows the missions of Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant) – a man bred from the deadliest of criminals and trained in every form of combat. Raised in a place where names are not given, Agent 47 is a born assassin. But when The Agency turns on him, the conflicted 47 must decide for himself who and when to kill to survive.

What we thought of it:

Hitman is one of the best video game films made. But considering the rancid predecessors such as Resident Evil, Doom and Alien vs Predator, that's not exactly a compliment.

For a film that's based on a game where your performance is rated on stealth, Hitman the film is in no way like Hitman the game. Chaotic scenes with boisterous fight sequences strung together by limp dialogue, make for an almost deafening experience (which is not bad if you're into that kind of thing).

Director Xavier Gens does his best to translate the video game to the big screen, but falls short with mainstream stunts, imitative hand-to-hand combat sequences and over-the-top explosions. He also should've steered clear of attempting to add romance to the film. Yes gamers will get a kick out of the almost always naked Nika Boronina (Olga Kurylenko), but there's simply no room in the story for the slutty temptress.

Timothy Olyphant, an actor with a penchant for villains who's never played an action hero before, is pretty convincing as Agent 47 – bold head, stiff walk, conflicted emotions and all. Amusingly (not deliberately) Dougray Scott and Michael Offei overact their no-nonsense Interpol agents' roles, while Robert Knepper (T-Bag from "Prison Break") puts on the worst Russian accent ever.

Many of the scenes combine elements from the first two games, which result in a storyline that may be a bit difficult for some to follow. But it'll keep action junkies entertained and gaming fans satisfied.

Ultimately there's nothing really significant about Hitman, and it should be watched purely for escapist fun.

- Megan Kakora
A trivial video game action movie that's not as bad as its predecessors.

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