Hitman

  • 15
  • Xavier Gens (2007)
  • Fr / US
  • 90 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Like Tomb Raider and Doom before it, this cinematic adaptation of the bestselling video game series is far less entertaining than its digital source material. The hitman of the title is Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant), a charmless, genetically engineered contract killer employed by a shadowy international organisation. After an assignment goes wrong, the bald antihero is double-crossed by his employers and pursued by an obsessed Interpol agent (Dougray Scott). Despite globetrotting through exotic locations, this fight-filled thriller rarely matches the game's cinematic flourishes and brazenly ditches the backstory for a far less inspired mythology of its own. French director Xavier Gens brings flash but little substance to the numerous action sequences that pepper the convoluted plotting from writer Skip Woods (Swordfish). It's typical of the enterprise's general air of ridiculousness that Olyphant's assassin can sport a barcode tattoo on his shaved head without anyone ever noticing it.

Plot Summary

Action crime thriller based on the popular video game, starring Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott and Olga Kurylenko. When elite assassin Agent 47 is betrayed following a mission to kill the Russian president, he goes on the run, pursued by his former colleagues, the Russian military and an Interpol agent.

Cast and crew

Cast

Agent 47
Timothy Olyphant
Mike Whittier
Dougray Scott
Nika Boronina
Olga Kurylenko
Yuri Marklov
Robert Knepper
Mikhail Belicoff
Ulrich Thomsen
Jenkins
Michael Offei
Udre Belicoff
Henry Ian Cusick

Crew

Director
Xavier Gens

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 30 Nov 2007
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.
Categories
Drama