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Film Review: ‘Hitman: Agent 47’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 19th, 2015

Fernando M., Here…

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When in the world will someone get one of these right?  I can’t count the number of times I’ve been disappointed by a video game movie.  It’s a lost cause.  There’s no other way about it. The biggest victims of these green lit movies are the new directors that are given the helm.  There is some definite potential for Aleksander Bach.  He should be happy that he was able to do something with what he was given to work with.  All that can really be said is “hey, it’s better than the Hitman movie that came out in 2007.”

The movie tries to tell you the backstory to this video game character through a five minute introductory montage.  It goes by fast, it makes no sense, and it gets to the film.  The problem is that fans of the video game are pissed the the backstory was changed while everyone else in the audience is given absolutely no reason to care about any characters.

Then there’s a convoluted plot wrapped up into a 90 minute run time.  Zachary Quinto shows up as the bad guy and you can almost hear his career screeching to a halt

The guy that plays “Hitman: Agent 47” is pretty much a total miscast, since the only way to save the character would involve Vin Diesel.  Then there’s a girl with superpowers.  She’s pretty slick throughout even if there are gratuitous tank top and bikini bottom shots.

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Here’s the bottom line with video game movies.  Video games are cinematic in themselves.  They have plots that are drawn out, intricate, and really only work because the player is immersed in the world and invests time to maneuver through them.  There is very little need to turn an interactive cinematic experience into a non-interactive one.  And to top it all off, video game movies are little more than an obvious ploy to make a quick buck by studios without giving any respect to the source material.  End rant.

As for Hitman, it’s too bad the director wasn’t given more liberty.  The action scenes were fun, kinda like McGuyver with a lot more violence.  Beyond that, this could have been a fan film.  1.5 stars, woulda been 0.5 except that bad guys got sucked into a turbine, you don’t see that every day.

-Fernando Martinez

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