All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
The best-selling videogame, Hitman, roars to life with both barrels blazing in this hardcore action-thriller starring Timothy Olyphant. A genetically engineered assassin with deadly aim, known only as "Agent 47" eliminates strategic targets for a top-secret organization. But when he's double-crossed, the hunter becomes the prey as 47 finds himself in a life-or-death game of international intrigue.
I'm not a gamer so I have no idea how this stacks up against the video-game it's based on. It is however nowhere near as bad as I thought it might be considering the horrendous reviews I'd read for it. Action aplenty, a super hot femme-fatale and a protagonist with an incredibly shiny head, what's not to like? Apart from a truly dreadful script and some awful acting, this is a lot of fun.
Action films usually fall down when trying to be more than just popcorn entertainment. This one never flatters to deceive us though, this is a full on action film with a plot as confusing as why Hitman 47 doesn't give Olga Kurylenko one just for the…
What are you going to do?
What I do.
Video game movie adaptations have an incredibly bad rep, and with very good reason. Taking a video game's environments and characters and giving them new faces and voices with a set story somehow just doesn't fit in as well as it seems it should. Now, I enjoy Tomb Raider for what it is: good, mindless fun, but nothing memorable. Hitman had a lot wrong with it, but there were also some redeeming qualities that let me enjoy it.
"How does a good man kill?" mused Timothy Olyphant as he held a supposed target at gunpoint. Indeed, how does an assassin, who is supposed to have no conscience of his own, kill…
Gamers these days have it easy. No matter what system you play your game on something will count your achievements and should you run into any hard boss or problem, it literally takes 5 minutes to find a solution on Youtube. In my personal gaming biography the only time I would have called myself a hardcore gamer was in my twenties when I played the Hitman franchise on my trusty Playstation 2. I still take great pride that I repeated every single mission again and again until I had reached the "Silent Assassin" ranking on every single one. With the terrible Playstation 2 controls that is as hardcore as you can get. Naturally I was first in line when the…
I love Xavier Gens and Timothy Olyphant (oily elephant) and my favourite hack Skip Woods wrote this so it should be an instant classic.
Hitman is like Mario except he's a bald guy with a barcode tattooed on his head and he kills people. He's number 47 because at the beginning there sure are a lot of bald kids with tattoos and guns.
Olyphant looks so weird without hair, too used to Justified. It's all secret murder organisations and throat bombs and shit. Olga Kurylenko is the girl with the shitty dragon tattoo and "my first goth" outfit.
Olyphant crashes through a window in a hotel to find some kids playing one of the Hitman games, haha they did a…
Even though it has some decent action I was pretty bored with it. Even Timothy Olyphant looked bored.
The oddest thing about Hitman is that it's enjoyable even though most of it doesn't work.
Here are moments of highly implausible action and completely inappropriate dialogue, both going to such extremes that watching the actors try to make something out of it becomes... fascinating.
A bald, tattooed assassin known only as Agent 47 (or in this case, Babyface. Come on, you can't look at Timothy Olyphant without wanting to pinch those cheeks. So cute!), is hired to kill Russian president Mikhail Belicoff, only to discover that he's been betrayed. Now the target of British and Russian Secret Police, Babyface treks across Europe on a quest for answers.
With him is Nika Boronina, a Russian prostitute who was forced into…
Based on the eponymous video game, Hitman tells the story of a cold trained killer who becomes embroiled in a convoluted conspiracy to replace the Russian president with a double. Robert Ludlum it most definitely is not, even if Geoff Zanelli’s score seems to quote the Bourne movies endlessly, but probably it's unfair to expect so much. Generally so-so acting, but some of the camera work and action is pretty slick for a B-grade film.
Timothy Olyphant is great and the popcorn action cheesiness is cranked to 11. A solid rewatch.
A reasonably entertaining action flick from EuropaCorp. The european setting and overall style of the tone will please fans, like myself, who enjoy other euro-centric action movies like The Transporter and Taken.
A really great action movie that perfectly captures its video game roots. Totally misunderstood.
"Stop talking or I'll put you back in the trunk."
I've never played the game that serves as the source material for this film. Despite this, my favorite scene in the movie is when the hitman crashes into the room with the two kids playing Hitman on their Playstation. The story is decent for a fairly mindless shoot 'em up action movie, though extremely derivative with the cat-and-mouse aspect (beyond the videogame source even). Putting aside the obvious over-the-top, game-influenced absurdities throughout this film, I have one realistic question: How does a bald guy with a barcode tattooed on the back of his head not draw attention or questions when he's out in public?
Not sure if it's because I never played the game, but I never got the hatred for this one. Olyphant is always great, and certainly oozes cool and calm in the central role, and you get the gorgeous Olga Kuryleno being gorgeous. The acting from the supporting cast isn't great (okay, okay, Olga isn't exactly on top for either) and I'm assuming the character is perhaps changed from how he is in the game - what with some actual feelings being given to him to create an actual storyline - but the action scenes are solid and the whole thing is pretty cool and enjoyable IMO. Also, I like to think that Dougray Scott spends most of his time between takes crying and wondering why he didn't get any of the bigger roles given to Gerard Butler.
...I liked game more... Timothy is baby-face for this role...
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