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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…
A slick videogame adaptation in which people actually bleed, Hitman is over-edited and badly scripted but that never prevents it from being any better or worse than a forgettable Bond or Bourne movie.
Those who have played the game will recognise the set-up, a barcoded assassin with no personality is assigned stealthy missions which he must carry out as competently as possible. What gamers might be a little unsatisfied with is the necessary inclusion of a plot which rolls into motion fairly quickly and slowly tumbles its way into forgettable territory.
The casting of Timothy Olyphant strikes me as odd given the amount of already bald and notably beefier actors who would’ve filled the vapid role as the man who…
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…
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…
Never saw/played the game. Typical fare for gene but it had Olyphant 😊
Movies based on video games are very much hit and miss. None have really worked although I have great hopes for Assassin's Creed.
This version of Hitman is watchable in a I really don't care sort of way but it will kill a hour or two.
Timothy Olyphant is actually quiet watchable as the titular hero Agent 47 whislst Bond girl Olga Kurylenko has little to do but look scared and keep the fan boys happy by appearing semi-naked for most of her time on screen.
i can't even... i only kept watching cause it takes place in st petersburg and he kills russian president in the beginning which is yeaaah!! fuck yeah what a great storyline!!! (if i'm not gonna go online for some time it means fsb tracked my ip and i'm in some siberian prison), all russians in there look like homeless people wearing clothes from 1920s and apparently we have no people younger than 40 years old. will i ever realize there's no hope in hollywood's portrayal of russian ppl..... anyway this movie sucks
Excellent action suspense film.
“The plot of Hitman obviously doesn’t matter too, too much. It’s mostly a necessary inconvenience that provides a framework for the movie’s ludicrous action film charms: grotesque violence (including severed limbs & CGI blood splatter), synchronized martial arts (including an over-the-top swordfight between four of The Organization’s bald, barcoded graduates), and macho fantasy fulfillment (the sex worker sidekick is often naked for the leering camera, of course). There are a couple odd twists on the format here or there, especially in the Hitman’s asexuality, which would melt in most action movies in the face of his prostitute best friend, but holds strong here. However, the hyper-masculine vibe of the film overpowers any genre-subverting oddities, which leads to some unfortunate moments like…
Basically they made a popcorn action film and slapped the hitman title on it.
Timothy Olyphant gives it his all as Agent 47, the titular Hitman, but he's not enough to make up for weak supporting performances (all Olga Kurylenko really does is look sexy and nothing else), bad editing, and Skip Woods' muddled script that bears little resemblance to the beloved stealth video game series it's based on.
I've never played the game, but if it's anything like this, I'll gladly play it for hours. I mostly enjoy the gunplay, but I also appreciate the mix of different characters. The scene in the subway is pretty neat.
I think the best part of this pointless romp was Olga Kurylenko's pretty face. some laughs. nothing more.
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