Genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, he's the culmination of decades of research, endowed with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. Known only as Agent 47, his latest target is a corporation that plans to unlock the secret of his past to create an army of killers even more powerful than him. With help from a young woman, the elite assassin confronts revelations about his own origins in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.
Directed by: Aleksander Bach
. Starring: Angelababy
, Dan Bakkedahl
, Charlene Beck
, Michael Bornhütter
, Melissa Broughton
, Nils Brunkhorst
, Michaela Caspar
, Alvin Chan
, Michael Corcoran
, Manuel Depta
, Andrew DiBartolomeo
, Georg Ebinal
, Jörg Ellmer
. Music by: Marco Beltrami
Ah, so this is the film that will legitimize video game movies is it? I hate to say it but we're going to have to wait and see how Warcraft turns out to see if a truly great video game movie can be made. I actually enjoyed Hit-man: Agent 47 more than I thought I would but there are some flaws that keep it from being a truly great film. The movie is directed by Aleksander Bach, which is another director without much experience. It feels like we've had a lot of that recently. Honestly, the director wasn't really the problem with this movie but before we get to the negatives let's talk about the story a little bit.
The story focuses primarily on two different characters. Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) is a genetically engineered assassin that possesses enhanced senses, speed, and intelligence. All of these traits make him an extremely deadly force to be reckoned with. The other protagonist is a woman named Katia (Hannah Ware). She's looking for a man that she sort of remembers but doesn't know how she remembers him. She gets into the middle of a conspiracy involving a corporation trying to use her to find a scientist to create more super assassins like Agent 47. Fortunately, Agent 47 doesn't want there to be any more experiments like him and begins to train Katia to protect herself and find the mysterious man in her memories.
One of the positives that this movie has going for it are the three main characters played by Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, and Zachary Quinto. Friend plays Agent 47 subtly most of the time. 47 doesn't display emotions like normal people but we see a little spark from him every now and then. Ware does a good job as the determined Katia that starts out scared but eventually turns into a badass warrior woman. Quinto plays an agent named John Smith and I honestly don't want to say too much about his character for fear of spoiling parts of the movie. Fortunately, Quinto rarely disappoints.
The action in the movie is actually pretty good and one of the best reasons to give the movie a chance. Agent 47 is ridiculously good at his job and it's interesting to see the crazy things he's capable of. The action is brought to us by the same people that gave us John Wick so it's nice to see some care was put into that part of the movie. However, while the melees and gunfights are pretty good the cgi is noticeably awful in this film. Like, Sy Fy original movie bad. I was kind of struck dumb at points from how fake it looked. The very beginning of the movie had a guy falling off a stairwell and I actually laughed a little from how bizarre and unrealistic it was. Unfortunately, that's not the worst part of the film.
The script to this movie is straight up godawful. I mean, the dialogue is just stilted and doesn't come off as genuine at all. There are a lot of scenes that are actually derivative of other movies that came before them. At times, it felt like the movie was trying to copy the coolest or most profound scenes from some of the better films that came before it. The screenwriter is a man named Skip Woods, who's known for giving us such classics as X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the original Hit-man. Hell, one of the major flaws of the original movie was the screenplay but they hired the exact same guy to write another one? I honestly have no idea what they were thinking with that decision.
The movie has some stupid plot holes and some very poor dialogue but it's still fun nonetheless. If you feel like shutting off your brain for a little while then this will be a decent way to spend an hour and a half. If you're looking for the next best action franchise then this isn't it. I was hopeful the movie would be great but I'm honestly not surprised it isn't. This is a video game movie after all. I'm curious to hear some other opinions about the film. Are there any fans of the video games that enjoyed the film? I'm curious how closely it follows the games actually.
Review by Ryan Mark from the Internet Movie Database.