Director: Aleksander Bach
Studio: Fox |Genre: Action, Suspense, Crime| MPAA: R
Release Date: August 21st, 2015
While the world of comic books continues its Renaissance with highly anticipated sequels like Captain America Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and Batman v Superman. The world of video games is giving the world a sequel no one ever asked for, for a franchise no one knew they wanted, Hitman: Agent 47.
The unremarkable Richard Friend stars as Agent 47, the world’s greatest assassin with the cliche heart of gold. The rest of the cast is just as unremarkable which is a little painful to say when Zachary Quinto is in your film.
The film feels like an unreleased late 90’s and early 2000’s film in the likes of Transporter. There are tons of Audi chase scenes and the usual fire fights that keeps the action going as there really isn’t much of a story to hold the movie together. The story is essentially about a girl who, holds the secret and power necessary to be the greatest assassin in the world, she is being chased down by our Zachary Quinto baddie. But of course she knows the hero for no good reason other than convenient story telling. Only the special effects are decent and some of the action scenes are fun and a little brutal to watch but nothing that will blow you away.
The movie does manage to do some very interesting things in between all the mediocrity. The first third of the movie is actually interesting as it introduces Agent 47 as a cold blooded killer in the likes of Jason Vorhees. Two characters are on the run for their lives from an assassin who always completes their contract and is the main character of the movie. The premise was interesting and could have made for a much better movie as a thriller with an unstoppable and efficient killer but then they quickly turn that idea on its head and goes downhill from there.
While the movie is an okay action movie to watch, I just can’t recommend spending your movie dollars on this. Instead just watch The Transporter or Rumble in the Bronx instead and just wait till this movie airs on cable.