Movie Review (Hitman : Agent 47)

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RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2015

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox

DIRECTOR: Aleksander Bach

MPAA RATING: R

STARRING: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto,Ciaran Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann

GENRE: Action, Adventure

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If you are a gamer you get excited whenever there is a movie made based off of one of your favorite video games. You also will have been let down over and over again for years and years. More to the point there was a heaping helping of big screen disappointment called Hitman from 2007. It was lackluster in every sense of the word. Fast forward to 2015 and Hitman: Agent 47 looks to rectify the franchise’s past.

This time around will pleasantly surprise movie goers in general. Hitman: Agent 47 is an entertaining action film. Rupert Friend plays the title role of Agent 47. He aptly embodies the ultimate assassin. His cold demeanor and muted expressions shine through in his performance. His voice is a little too light for me at times but, that’s just a minor complaint. Hannah Ware plays the enigmatic Katia. Her past is the key to the big mystery in the movie’s story. She handles playing off of Agent 47’s straight man. I mean by no means are they a comedy act but, her confused and scared young woman to his calculated and ready for anything killer works to me. Zachary Quinto of Heroes fame plays John Smith Agent 47’s rival. He’s essentially a newer version of 47 with a few improvements. Quinto isn’t bad as the psychotic badass that only wants to show 47 he’s better than him. The story isn’t all that amazing but it draws from some of the source material so that’s cool.

The action is where the movie shines. It’s awesome and the cast handles themselves well in all the required scenes. The hand to hand combat is good. The gunfights are spectacular and the car chases are awesome. You will enjoy yourself watching the explosions and bones crunching.

This movie is fun. Not Oscar worthy but, fun. It’s leaps and bounds better than the original and a decent place to start on a reboot of the series.