Excerpt: Agent 47 is an assassin who’s in service of “The Agency”, an organisation that teaches kids to become assassins and does jobs all over the world. 47’s latest assignment is to kill Russian president Mikhail Belicoff but after Agent 47 has completed his task, the media start reporting that the president is only wounded and luckily survived the assassination attempt. His failure now has marked Agent 47 for assassination so he decides to get to the bottom of the matter.
Excerpt: Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant) is one of the world’s most skilled assassins, a man with no identity genetically engineered to thrive in his dangerous profession. Agent 47 has been able to neutralize targets no one else could, high profile marks in tense locations, no target escaped 47’s sights. His reputation has become infamous, but 47 himself is like a ghost, with a hidden past and no visible connections.
Conclusion: Stephen Tung Wai's Hitman is a fairly straightforward but entertaining action film. I enjoyed it, but mostly because I really liked Eric Tsang's improvisations. Indeed, I have to say that without him the film would have been a major disappointment. The Blu-ray disc herein reviewed, courtesy of Kam & Ronson Enterprises, is something of a mixed bag. You should consider adding it to your collections only if you could find it on sale. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: Having never played the video game, I had a tough time getting into this movie. I'm not normally drawn to violent films, and if it wasn’t for this review, I would have never placed this one in my Netflix queue.
Excerpt: The Film I'm always a little skeptical when I see the phrase "based on the popular video game." Perhaps it comes from having sat through the movie versions of Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Doom . I'm sure they were fun games but they made for some really horrible films. So my expectations for Hitman were fairly low. And I'm happy to say they were exceeded.
Conclusion: Hitman is a movie I wanted to like, and despite my affection for the genre in which it resides, I found myself bored stiff throughout. The simple fact that the movie is derivative in so many ways ( Soldier , Shooter , The Matrix , and Vantage Point , to name a few) may account for my ho-hum reaction. In fact, the entire opening sequence was lifted directly from the television series Dark Angel .
Conclusion: 'Hitman' is a no-nonsense, sometimes brutal action film. Unfortunately, it lacks personality, and often lapses into the most generic cliches of the genre. This Blu-ray release is pretty strong however, with solid video and audio, as well as an array of extras. More discerning action movie fans might want to take a pass, but if you're in an undemanding mood, 'Hitman' is probably worth a rent.
Excerpt: Movies based on video games generally don't make for great cinema. There have been a few exceptions, but they are VERY few and far between. I wasn't expecting much going into this one but it didn't turn out too bad. I am not that familiar with the video game series (which may have helped) but I couldn't help but notice the parallels between other games I've played. The scenarios and characters were a bit one dimensional, like most games.
Excerpt: Hitman should be the movie that bucks the trend of terrible game to film adaptations. A simple premise; Agent 47, the Hitman of the title, is hired to infiltrate a variety of embassies, foreign agencies or crime rings to blast them to kingdom come. As a game player you have the choice of the subtle route (disguise yourself and pick off the baddies one by one) or the 80�s action star route (go in guns blazing and kill anything that moves).
Excerpt: An adaptation of the popular videogame of the same name, Hitman is exactly the kind of movie you’d expect it to be. The bad kind. It’s incredible that after all this time Hollywood still hasn’t been able to figure out the videogame to movie genre. Maybe they don’t think they have to since the movies make tons of money anyway, but as a gamer myself it sure would be nice if filmmakers would start taking us seriously.