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.
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: 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.
Excerpt: Massive illogic abounds throughout the video-game-based thriller Hitman , starting with the opening, which posits a mysterious organization "so secret no one knows it exists," even though it somehow maintains "ties to every government." The organization raises unwanted children to be super-assassins who can infiltrate anywhere, and yet, as part of their commitment to professional invisibility, they're all shaved bald and tattooed with UPC symbols on the backs of their...
Excerpt: Agent 47 is best described as a focused man, more satisfied in making his kill than pleasuring his women. It's these anti-bond heroics that are refreshing to watch. Unfortunately, the film suffers from the uninteresting police in his pursuit, overplayed in typical hammy performances. The action scenes are also wasted in some bad forms of style and nuisance editing. This adaptation is still a hit above your usual video game exploit.