Hitman: Agent 47 Review
I never played the Hitman video games. I have no clue what they are like. I have never watched a trailer for the games. I have never watched anybody play the games. I could not tell much about the games at all. So when it comes to adapting the content and how well a movie achieves it, as far as Hitman is concerned, I couldn't tell you. I know absolutely nothing about the video games as a whole. I do know that I saw a Hitman movie in 2007, and it was mediocre. I think Timothy Olyphant did what he could with the role, and there were some cool scenes in the 2007 movie. But overall, it was a fair movie. Overall I feel like that was the general consensus of the 2007 movie, which makes it confusing why we would be revisiting this franchise in the first place. Was there a particular outcry for more Hitman movies? I don't remember hearing about it.
This new movie takes on the form of a hybrid between "The Bourne Identity" and "Terminator 2: Judgement Day." No, the hitman doesn't fight any robots on screen, it just seems that everybody kind of comes off as a robot onscreen. This is possibly the least exciting action movie I have seen all year. "Terminator: Genesys" was more exciting. Fucking "Blackhat" was more exciting. The story itself follows fairly close to the video game. The government has begun a genetic experiment to turn people into weapons. The project goes wary and gets shut down. The only "agent" left is seemingly Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) and he goes on a mission hunting down a corporation that trying to revive the abandoned project that created him. This corporation is hell-bent on creating an army of agents just like Agent 47. They have already created one in Katia Van Dees (Hannah Ware) and Agent 47 tries to protect her from the corporation that created her.
Yep, that's pretty much the entire story. Now again, I know nothing about the video games, I have never played them. I have never gone as far as to look at a video of them on Youtube. If this is a true adaptation, then I will trust you, but if it is then this should have never been a video game to adapt in the first place. Either that, or somebody needs a new lesson in screenwriting. I have a hard time believing that any concept in any Hitman video games was a lame Bourne rip-off that had zero energy or zero logic. The film's story is completely devoid of anything exciting that its hard calling the film an "action movie" or a "thriller."
I have loved the work of Rupert Friend ever since I saw him on Showtime's "Homeland." I think he's a great actor full of potential, but this was just not his best pick. He was not given much of a role to play and that's too bad. Watch any season of "Homeland" and you'll see that Friend is a guy who has tons of potential, but he can never blossom starring in crap like this.
This is something that makes me very wary of future video game adaptations.
FINAL GRADE: D-