Hitman: Agent 47 Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciarán Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, Angelababy and action movie fans


Hitman: Agent 47 Movie Synopsis

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. hitmanHis 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.

Hitman: Agent 47 Viewer Rating: 3.25/5 ***

Hitman: Agent 47 Movie Review:

Most Singaporeans are catching this movie because 80% of the filming took place in Singapore. And I’m no exception. I had to admit that it’s fun to watch characters dashing down familiar streets and transiting from Orchard Road to Tanjong Pagar and running to Chinatown within seconds. 😀

A few friends asked me if the movie was good. I had a hard time trying to find a stand. Hitman Agent 47 Rupert Friend 2015Perhaps it was the unfamiliar cast, or perhaps this was supposedly Paul Walker’s role before his untimely accident, I had a hard time absorbing the film. I know nothing about the Hitman game, so I can safely say that my views represent those who are watching the film with no expectation of the plot. Albeit the unfamiliar face, Rupert Friend’s portrayal as Agent 47 was perfect. The cold, unfeeling killer with the surprise twist later on, was able to remain the agent identity without jumping out of character when the tables were turned later on.

zachary quinto and hannah ware HITMAN AGENT 47Katia van Dees (Hannah Ware) is also a fresh face (to me) but she has a forgettable but beautiful look which surprises me (*ahem – what’s with the bra-less scenes?). While she had nice choreographed actions in the later part after acting scared for the first half of the filmed, they felt as if something’s amissed. She seemed to be swaying from a helpless damsel in disguise to a deadly woman, neither here nor there. hitman2John Smith (Zachary Quinto) was pretty cool too. Pretty invincible.

Yes, I guess that’s the only thing I can say given that the film spent more time on shooting people down than to develop the characters. The nifty way where the agents fought and shoot makes me feel as if I was really watching either one of Stephen Chow’s exaggerated martial arts comedy or a computer-controlled character where they will have a classic move after pressing a sequence on the remote control.

In fact, the part where I hate and love most about the film, (Yes, you will either love it or hate it) is the dramatic (or sadistic) way of killing people.

Bias-ness aside, it’s a pretty fun film to catch if you like action films, but I heard that many fans of the Hitman game didn’t like it much!

Do You Know?

comfort-cabsThe film is the first American studio film to use Singapore as their main location set. Various places and brands such as The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, The Arts House (former Parliament House), The Supreme Court, The Art Science Museum at Marina Bay Sands, OUE limited and The Singapore Flyer were featured in the film. A large number of taxi from Comfort Delgro were featured in the main fight scene as a contrast to the red car. Angelababy_Hitman47Angelababy has a cameo in the film and her name was shown together with the main leads in the opening scene.
paul-walker Hitman Agent 47Paul Walker was previously attached to play the lead role in this film before his sudden death in late November, 2013. Rupert Friend Agent 47Rupert Friend trained physically hard for the role. He studied Krav Maga in New Your and did Muay Thai with a boxing trainer. In one of the scenes, he accidentally hurt himself while firing a blank bullet for one scene. The hot shell bounced off the floor, and hit him in the head, burning him. Luckily, it did not require any stitches and the take was used in the film. hitman gameThe film was based on Hitman, a popular video game series by Danish company IO Interactive. Aleksander BachAleksander Bach’s directorial debut.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

Check out Hitman: Agent 47 Official Website and Facebook Page!
Hitman: Agent 47 is out in cinemas on 20 August 2015.

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18 thoughts on “Hitman: Agent 47 Movie Review”

  1. Hmm…. not really a fans of Rupert Friend. This summer there are too many movies to catch. I probably going give this one a miss, another action packed movies with lots of shooting. Anyway I am looking forward for more comedy.

  2. I did not watch this film because I was not familiar with the game or with the actors. Looked like it was just going to be another B-action film and I did not want to waste money on it. Maybe I will just wait for it to come out on cable tv in the future.

  3. Hahaha I can relate with what you said about the characters having a chase scene with familiar places and seeing how they transfer to another location with the idea that those locations are actually far from one another. lol It’s like Bourne Legacy, a film shot here in our country, which shows different places in our city shown as one area only in the film :p

  4. I am not a fan of the Hitman PC/Console games but it’s lovely to note that they chose parts of Singapore to do some of the film shots. The group of blue Comfort Delgro taxis scene as a contrast to the red car is a brilliant move!

  5. Here in the Philippines, the international movie Bourne Legacy was shoot here. I guess we have the same “wow” feeling when our country is been used as a setting for films.

  6. Louise ღ (@louisechelle)

    You’re right. With unfamiliar faces of the actors and actresses, audience will not expect much on both the story and acting; eventually having that open mind to enjoy movie. I couldn’t imagine Paul doing this role. The character would be too serious for Paul. Jason Statham would have been a good choice too.

  7. I have no idea what the game is about, but judging from the title Hitman, it must be ruthless. Like a gun-for-hire sort of thing, but wilder! Anyhoo, I might watch it just to see Zachary Quinto in a more active role. 🙂

  8. I haven’t seen this movie yet but will definitely watch soon. I’m not a totak fan of actions movies but I always give them a try especially if it starred good actors.

  9. A lot of movies now really build on just the action to attract the the audience who enjoy that genre. Well, as long as their actors are hot, I guess sometimes it would work? Would be cool to have Paul walker though, but yeah, that can’t be.

  10. I’m not really a fan of Hitman anymore after the two previous movies. I’m hoping this is a game changer since they reformatted the whole thing.

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