Review: Hitman: Agent 47 (Movie, 2015)

Dienstag, 5. Januar 2016

Hitman: Agent 47
Release Year: 2015
Length: 96 minutes
Cast: Rupert Friend (47)
Ciarán Hinds (Litvenko)
Thomas Kretschmann (Le Clerq)
Zachary Quinto (John Smith)
Hannah Ware (Katia)

   HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. (

   Welcome to my unpopular opinion on Hitman: Agent 47. I, unlike many people I've seen online or spoken to, actually really enjoyed this movie. Sure, it's not a state of the art type of movie that will change your view on movies and the world, or win an Oscar for something, but it is great at what it is: an action packed movie centered around a kickass assassin and badass female lead.
   Personally, I think action might me one of my favorite movie genres, so of course I felt drawn to this one the moment I saw the first trailer many months ago. I was really hyped until the movie came out and suddenly everybody said that it sucks. I admit, I felt discouraged and didn't watch it for a long time, obviously. But, now that I've watched it, made myself my very own opinion, I can say that I don't get why everybody is hating on it so much. Unlike many other movies, this one doesn't have some forced love story just kind of squished in there for no reason, which makes me very happy. Furthermore it features lots and lots of fighting scenes, shootings, hand to hand combat, car chases and also a few stealthy scenes. I know many people complained that 47 didn't act like an agent would, because he shot in public and everything, but what else was he supposed to do? Let the bad guys just shoot him and the others?

   Sure enough, the character development is a little lacking, but I don't really mind that much? I really liked Rupert Friend as 47. He had that stoic face going on, that calm and collected stance, and he just looks like a badass, especially in that suit with the red tie. He might not be the best actor out there, but I think he did his job well, he delivered a killer who didn't crack out of character jokes or bust out smiles.
   I also liked Katia. She was a great female lead that showed that for once a woman can also be the special one, the best one of them all, even without taking all her clothes off or running around in something really, really tight. She was determined and didn't whine around, like some heroines tend to do in these kinds of movies.
   Katia and 47 were great together. They had an interesting dynamic going on, and let's face it, they were brilliant at what they do: kill people and get the job done.

   As I mentioned before, this might not be the most eye opening, brilliantly executed and thought out movie there is, but at the end of the day it doesn't have to be. This is a action movie about an assassin,  what I expect from such a movie is that it should have lots of action and fighting, and that's exactly what I got so I'm happy. The music was also really good.
   I give Hitman: Agent 47 4 out of 5 stars.

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