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Hitman

A movie directed by Xavier Gens

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Hitman Review

  • Feb 4, 2009
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Timothy Olyphant is a fabulous actor, but it always seems to me that he gets cast in these b list roles and I feel like he is better than that. Now having said that I think he was excellent as Agent 47. When I first saw the preview I thought it was a terrible casting choice. For one, I didn't think he looked anything like him and two, I didn't think he could act the role. But then I saw the movie and both ended up being misconceptions. He really did look like 47:





The acting was right up to par to for the main reason that there isn't much talking involved. The man is a gun for hire, they really aren't trained to talk much.

There are three big problems I had with the film. There was all this great acting, but it felt like it didn't belong due to all the killing in the movie which, don't get me wrong, belongs in there, but something just seemed off about the acting being so good. It might be because I'm so used to acting in video game movies being so horrible. Secondly, they did not explain at all the fact that 47 is protected by the Church or why his fellow agents were after him. It's almost as if they gave up on that whole storyline, it just disappeared. And for people who never played the games before, the fact that he is protected by the Church is a very big deal. Finally, not that I mind nudity in movies, but there was absolutely no point for Nika to get naked and try and seduce 47. If you know the games then you know there is no way in hell he would ever be seduced! It didn't need to be in there. Having said that, she was quite beautiful.
So Hitman gets a 2.5/5 for Major Plot Holes!

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review by . October 11, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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When one goes to see a video-game inspired movie; one cannot expect too much. This latest outing "Hitman" (2007) directed by Xavier Gens (Frontiers) may leave a lot to be desired when it comes to an original plot but it does offer some decent action entertainment. I am at a slight disadvantage, as I have never played the video game before; all I can do is comment on how well "Hitman" is made, its production and entertainment values. I managed to get a free ticket out of …
review by . December 29, 2008
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review by . June 17, 2009
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HITMAN was better than I expected. It's still not a good movie, but it wasn't quite the dreck-fest I feared. While still a piece of nonsense, I actually grew to like Timothy Olyphant's performance enough to forgive many other failings of the film.    I've never played the video game, and cannot comment on its success transferring to film.     HITMAN shows us, in the opening credit sequence (with Ave Maria playing in the background for no good reason, except, …
review by . April 13, 2008
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review by . April 04, 2008
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Yet another game to movie adaptation, but this one has a major difference. It's actually pretty damn cool.    Timothy Olyphant fits perfectly into the role of Agent 47, an orphan who is taken in and trained by an agency that trains children to be the most stealthy and deadly hitmen in the world. Agent 47 is the best of the best of all the Hitmen raised and trained by "The Organization." He is called in to perform on a hit on the Russian President Mikhail Belicoff, however the …
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Based on the popular Playstation 2 game, HITMAN chronicles the frame-up and retribution-packed odyssey of Number 47 (Timothy Olyphant), a bald assassin raised from birth to be a killer and tattooed with a barcode on the back of his head. There's lots of BOURNE SUPREMACY-style flash-edits and superhuman stunt work as 47 seeks to find out why moderate Russian presidential nominee Belicoff (Ulrich Thomsen) was the client for his own assassination, a hit that 47 pulled off perfectly, except for one hitch: the target's still alive. For romantic interest we have Olga Kurylenko as a foxy Russian prostitute sold into slavery by the evil Belicoff. She and 47 wind up on the lam together but they'll never be safe as long as Belicoff is still alive. Meanwhile, Interpol agent Mike Whittier (Dougray Scott) has been tracking 47 for years; he's on the scent and about to close in. Luc Besson was the producer on this, and fans of his TRANSPORTER, THE PROFESSIONAL and LA FEMME NIKITA films will eat it up, as it's got the ...
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