Xavier Gens (2007)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A genetically engineered assassin, who exists at the beck and call of a mysterious organisation, fails in his latest mission, and becomes a target himself, as security forces worldwide become aware of his existence and a rival agent is assigned to tie up loose ends. Action thriller, starring Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott and Olga Kurylenko.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Xavier Gens
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Nov 2007