Director Alekgander Bach’s symphony that was like a video game, which makes sense, considering the fact that this story was based on one. My guest at the screening informed me there was a previous movie (it came out in 2007 starring Timothy Olyphant). Even without seeing that version, this is a tired premise – the super agent/assassin that has advanced fighting skills and can’t be killed. We’re oversaturated with this stuff, and can’t help but think of Bourne Identity, Terminator, Resident Evil (another video game turned movie), and Mission: Impossible. Even the company is the same as the one in the last Mission: Impossible – the Syndicate.
The one thing I did love is the music, which wasn’t Bach, but a terrific score by Marco Beltrami.
The story involves an assassin named Agent 47 (Rupert Friend). He’s trying to capture a mysterious woman (the beautiful Hannah Ware), and she’s being protected by John Smith – the patron saint of hotel registrations. He’s played by Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto, and might be the only actor American audiences recognize. A little research told me that the previous Hitman doubled the money it made overseas, so I’m guessing this movie was shooting (no pun intended) with an international market in mind.
The Syndicate wants to use technology to continue the “agent program” which initially created these super human fighting machines, that were told all about in the opening credit sequence.
Aside from borrowing from many other similar movies, you also have that moment where you aren’t sure who is good and who is bad. Even that isn’t all that interesting, though.
The terrific character-actor Ciaran Hinds (so great in There Will be Blood and The Debt) shows up as the father, and creator behind the agent program. He’s the wise scientist/inventor. We know this because he has a white beard, and squints his eyes a lot. He also has dialogue along the lines of “I’ll never bring back the Agent program. You just want an army of killing machines!!!”
The dialogue is awful. There’s one scene where two tough guys square off, and the lines are along the lines of, “What kind of name is ‘47’? That’s a number.”
“Yeah, well…it’s my name.”
Friend does a decent job as 47 because his bald head gives him a tough vibe and he has that steely-eyed look that works. The fight scenes are fairly well choreographed by the team that made John Wick (an overrated movie that merely had a few fun fight scenes).
There were lots of cool cars and extras that got thrashed during the various chase scenes, but a lot of the gun fights get repetitive.
You’re better off staying home and playing video games, then spending $13 to see this at the theatre. That being said, my two guests enjoyed it. So if you like guns and fighting, and dreadful dialogue doesn’t make you cringe…have at it.
It gets 1 ½ stars out of 5.