Starring: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran Hinds
Running time: 96 Minutes
Directed by: Aleksander Bach
Year of release: 2015
Hitman: Agent 47 is the sequel to the 2007 film that was based on the long-running, action videogame series. While it once again features Agent 47 as the film’s protagonist, this time the character is portrayed by Rupert Friend. “Justified” star Timothy Olyphant played him in the original film.
Agent 47 is a genetically created supersoldier…smarter, faster, and stronger than a normal human. 47, along with various other criminal organizations has been trying to track down Russian geneticist Doctor Pitor Litvenko (Ciaran Hinds), the head of the Agent program who disappeared years earlier, taking the knowledge to create new agents with him.
Agent 47 hopes that by locating Katia (Ware), Litvenko’s daughter, that she will be able to lead him to her missing father. Before he can get to her, she is first contacted by a man named John Smith (Quinto) who claims he is there to protect her from 47. Smith is working for an organization that is also trying to locate Litvenko. Katia has always had a high degree of perception and with a few clues she is able to determine the location of her father.
Of course in a film in which there is a high degree of intrigue we quickly learn that none of the characters are exactly what they seem. Smith, while not a part of the Agent program, has been scientifically enhanced to give him greater speed and strength as well as a subdermal body army which is highly resistant to injury. Smith’s organization (the rather weakly named Syndicate International) wants Litvenko in order to re-start the Agent program. Soon it becomes a race to see who can reach the Russian scientist first.
The original Hitman film was by no means a great film but it was a reasonably well-made action film and if you were a fan of the games you probably enjoyed the movie. Like many sequels Agent 47 is guilty of trying to out-do the original by adding more and more fantastic elements. The film quickly becomes weighed down by the fact that all of the main characters have super abilities of one kind or another.
First time Director Aleksander Bach makes the mistake in thinking that more characters with special abilities makes for a better film. Unfortunately this is not the case. There’s little attempt at developing any of the characters as more than one-dimensional cutouts.
The film’s saving grace is that it does have some outstanding action sequences. Here, Bach shows a real ability to provide heart-stopping moments. The fact that these characters have special abilities allows them to pull off some incredible stunts that would kill ordinary humans. 47’s gunfight with the rappelling forces of Syndicate International in downtown Singapore. The final shootout upon the rooftop of a high rise building was also a highlight.
If you are ok with the very definition of mindless action then Hitman: Agent 47 certainly foots the bill.
Featurettes (55:00) – there are four featurettes which cover various aspects of the films production including action sequences, stunts, weapons, interviews with cast and crew, music, and a look at the videogame series
Deleted Scenes (7:00)
Gag Reel (5:00)