When I saw the preview for Hitman: Agent 47, I was skeptical. If you are unaware, video game movies rarely turn out well. Though I have hope for a few such titles in development, their track history is spotty at best, terrible if I’m being honest. It’s true, movies such as Prince of Persia, Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat and Tomb Raider have been box office successes, they are far from good. But, it’s 2015, technology is a lot better, a lot of kids who grew up on games are now writing, sitting in directors chairs and producing these movies, sounds good right? Well, yeah, mostly.
You may have noticed Hitman: Agent 47 has been getting terrible reviews, even being beaten out by We Are Your Friends on sites like Rotten Tomatoes. “Welp,” you say “Looks like video game movies have done it again…” To that I say, don’t be too hasty! Critical scores are decent as a gauge, but let’s be honest, critics are way to harsh at times and don’t often resemble the audience as a whole. I’m not saying the audience score is amazing (it sits around 50%) but that basically means one out of every two people to see this movie liked it. That’s pretty good odds. I think if you go into this film with the right expectations, there is a lot to like in Hitman: Agent 47. Is this a perfect movie? Ha! No… The plot is thin, the acting (though good) is written poorly and a few of the effects are subpar. That being said, the action in Hitman was great. Choreographed by the same people behind John Wick, there were many memorable intense action sequences that got my heart pumping, no easy task these days.
Many critics have railed against this movie for it’s lack of plot and character development. Personally, I don’t think that matters in this movie. I will use John Wick as an example. What is the plot to John Wick? My wife died, you killed my dog, now I kill you. I have a lot of love for Keanu Reeves but let’s be honest, we’re not looking at an Oscar for his role in John Wick. I would argue that John Wick and Agent 47 are exactly what they should be, an action movie with a thin plot connecting various slick actions scenes involving characters you are mildly invested in. If you’re looking for more than that of an action movie released in August you’ll probably be in the 50% that found this movie a bore. Otherwise, you may want to see this movie. Ignore the reviewers, make your own decision. However, perhaps matinee is the way to go.
If you hadn’t guessed, this movie is violent. If stylized violence offends you or effects you, I would stay away from any movie about hitmen. Because of the inherent violent nature of this film, we can not recommend this movie for teenagers or below. It should also be noted that there are several uses of the “F” and “S” word and a few uses of God’s name attached to various other profanties.
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