Hitman: Agent 47
Directed by Aleksander Bach
Written by Skip Woods and Michael Finch
Starring: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, and Angelababy
A genetically engineered assassin (Friend) and a woman (Ware) team up to find her father and solve the mystery of her origins. Their ultimate goal, however, is to take down a terrorist organization with plans to use the same program that created the assassin for evil.
Hitman: Agent 47 succeeds in its action scenes. The film contains well-directed action scenes, and a few of the scenes are executed in a manner that is similar to the gameplay of the video game. These gameplay style scenes are evidence that Bach understands the source material. The game is much more than just a generic action shoot’em up, and a majority of the game involves a stealth/puzzle solving style of gameplay. Therefore, an adaptation of the game would have to contain elements other than the shoot ’em up elements. Hitman: Agent 47 blends the shoot’em up and stealthy stuff together well. Friend was great as the assassin, Agent 47. As an assassin programmed to follow the orders to him, Friend’s performance does not have to follow the regular emotional arc. He comes across as someone who I would not want to find out was trying to kill me.
Hitman: Agent 47 fails in its standard action movie plot. The dirty secret of action film plots is that they need to hold you over through from set piece to set piece. The plot of this movie, however, barely does this. When the film reaches its second act, it is clear that the plot gets stretched too thin to cover the gaps between the action set pieces. The plot is generic to any action film; the film starts to lag in these gaps. While Quinto is a fine actor and is decent in this movie, he plays a too generic antagonist. His character arc is a too conventional arc for an action movie villain, he starts one way and ends up another, and is equal to (and in some ways greater than) the protagonist. Considering that Hitman: Agent 47 is an action film, with a reasonable budget, you would assume that the movie contained at least decent CGI. However, the CG in the film is awful; as in it is obvious bad CG horrible. In an era of almost total CG visuals having terrible CG is a significant detriment because it takes you right out of the movie.
Overall, Hitman: Agent 47 has well-directed action scenes but lacks in plot and CGI. Although this movie will not make movies based on video games the next fad for blockbusters, it does manage to be a decent action movie based on a video game. That is an important first step in breaking the mold that Hollywood has not managed to break yet. Hitman: Agent 47 receives 2.5/5.