Review – Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

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HITMAN: AGENT 47

Welcome to Assassin Week: Day 4. It’s another two-review day today. This second review, while not a sequel, still covers the famous video game character, Agent 47, in another Hitman film. Now, even though I never played the video games, I know the basics, and I wasn’t a fan of the actor in that first film. To be honest, I wasn’t really thrilled with this one, either…but I think, overall, Hitman: Agent 47 is the better movie of the two. Let’s get into the plot.

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. Written by 20th Century Fox (IMDb)

There are definitely positives to be seen in both films and the same can be said about negatives. In the end, you just have to personally decide which one you prefer. I personally don’t like Timothy Olyphant in the role because he was more “human” than Agent 47 should be, and Rupert Friend did a really fantastic job at being a robotic machine of a man that at times, we question how cold-hearted he actually is…to me, that was perfect. He might not have looked as perfect as a killer as Olyphant did in general, but he was a better actor as far as what was needed for the character. So for a moment, let’s just ignore the higher-pitched voice.

Also, I really liked Hanna Ware’s character – which was just unique enough to make the story of Hitman: Agent 47 worthwhile. While she may have technically been a little bit better than Agent 47 himself, it was still entertaining enough to watch them both do their thing.

Of course, this is all just first impressions, so let’s break it down, and examine what makes Hitman: Agent 47 tick. What was good? What was bad? Let’s discuss and interpret the stars!

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PEOPLE SCORE – 8/10
Acting – 2|Characters – 2|Casting – 1|Importance – 2|Chemistry – 1

Alright, so how was the people category in Hitman: Agent 47? As far as acting is considered, I gave it full points, not because of anyone’s acting range, but more along the lines of how they carry themselves. Agent 47 walked like a man who was created as an assassin, and in certain cases, I consider the action part of the acting, and there’s a lot of really good action, so full points are rightfully warranted. How were the characters? I was a big fan of both the characters and how they carried themselves. Was it the greatest casting in the world? Not really. Maybe for Katia, but everyone else could’ve been replaced. Every character had a good amount of importance. They added to the plot and to each other in the best possible way. The only thing that’s missing is good chemistry, which is understandable when you have a lot of characters devoid of emotion.

WRITING SCORE – 6/10
Dialogue – 1|Balance – 1|Story – 2|Originality – 0|Interesting – 2

How was Hitman: Agent 47 written? Well, the dialogue itself was fine, but this film wasn’t about the dialogue. Was it a well-balanced film or more convoluted? I think it did cross the boundaries into convoluted territory here and there. That being said, I’m actually a fan of this story, it was unique. It didn’t keep depending on the sole character of Agent 47 to carry the film, teaming him up with Katia was really great. However, I couldn’t really find anything super original about it. It really does feel like a movie you’ve seen before. Original or not, it’s still really entertaining and really interesting, so there’s that.

BTS SCORE – 9/10
Visuals – 2|Directing – 2|Editing – 2|Advertisement – 2|Music – 1

Behind-the-scenes is where the film mostly shined. This movie looks great in general. I would definitely consider Hitman: Agent 47 eye candy. A lot of how it looks is due to both the director and editor, as there was some sharp camera work and even more sharp editing skills that made this film a pleasure to watch. It is as advertised, but I don’t think the music was as good as it needed to be to be considered for full points.

NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 8/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 0

The narrative structure of the film was mostly solid, it just didn’t really have any falling action or returning to the new norm. The introduction re-explained what the agents are and it also spoke about the man that created the program, giving us the idea that it’ll all be about him. The inciting incident is actually a twist so I won’t talk too much about that, but it had to do with Agent 47 and Katia. The obstacles come down to the agents specifically using their super skills to thwart off enemies and move forward, which was pretty cool, by the way. Finally, there is a pretty nice ending to everything towards the end, making for a nice climax.

ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 7/10
Rewatchability – 2|Fun – 2|Impulse/Buy – 1|Impulse/Talk – 0|Sucks you in – 2

How entertaining was it? Well, I think this is just one of those films that are made specifically with entertainment in mind because that’s truly what this is – entertaining. If I were given a choice of which Hitman film to watch, my hand would most definitely head towards Agent 47. I would rewatch this movie so many times. I think it’s really fun from beginning to end, I also wouldn’t mind owning it, it’s a pretty cool movie. Would I buy it? Maybe if it were cheap, but I wouldn’t mind it as a stocking choice! It’s just one of those movies that suck you in and don’t let you go. The only thing I’d say against all that is that I’m not sure I’d really have any urge to talk about it with anyone.

TOTAL SPECIAL – 50/50
Assassin Week – 10|Hitman – 10|Adds New – 10|Action – 10|Halfway Decent – 10

Alright, now we’re onto the specialty questions that I wrote before seeing Hitman: Agent 47. For Assassin Week, it’s not only one of the highest rated films this week, but it’s also one of the most entertaining films on the list, so I’m giving full points there. Does this feel like Hitman? Well, that’s difficult. I wasn’t always a fan of the actor’s voice, but I forgave that real quick when I saw what he had to offer in this film, which is a lot. This is a movie that makes more sense to me as to what Hitman is supposed to mean, so full points there, as well. Does it add something new to the overall story? Yes, Katia. Katia is the new thing and she is a brilliant new thing. Is it halfway decent? Even though it didn’t always get perfect rankings with the technical side of things, I still believe that it did what it intended to do, so I’ll say a simple “yes” to that question.

TOTAL – 88/100

 

 

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