Please note the review below may contain minor spoilers - I've done my best to keep them to a minimum.
The bald headed, barcode-branded, red tie wearing assassin once again makes his jump from video games onto the silver screen. This time with
Hitman: Agent 47, helmed by Aleksander Bach making his feature film directorial debut and an all new cast since the failed 2007 attempt.
Hitman: Agent 47 opens as more of a horror film, than the expected action-fest that later ensues sporadically. With the titular Agent 47 -
smartly cast by Rupert Friend - being a man of few words and many knives, who has seemingly earned top honours at the Michael Myers school of
classical stalking. His prey would be Katia (Hannah Ware), a young woman who herself is on a quest of her own - on the trail of her mysterious father
(Ciarán Hinds) who abandoned her many moons ago.
In between this killer and damsel in distress sandwich, is John Smith (Zachary Quinto) -
putting away his Spock ears - an agent for the shadowy organisation named Syndicate International. It’s not long until this cat and mouse game turns into a
team-up, as Agent 47 and Katia work together to find her father and evade the neverending supply of killers sent from the organisation now targeting them both.
This is where Hitman: Agent 47 slowly turns into more of an action film - though fans of the games will be disappointed, with so little of
the staple stealth elements showcased, that litter the game. As Agent 47 slowly trains Katia - unlocking her hidden potential - whilst dispatching an army
of henchmen - all in the hope of stopping the potential of the ‘Agent Program’ - that birthed them both - once again starting up.
What Hitman: Agent 47 does get right is casting the genetically engineered assassin himself - Agent 47 - Rupert Friend may not have the
greatest material to work with, but he nails the mannerisms perfectly, fans of the recent John Wick may even appreciate the more silent protagonist that
Hitman: Agent 47 offers. The action scenes likewise have some beautiful cinematography - if you can appreciate that kind of thing - with
Agent 47 in his iconic suit always contrasting perfectly with his surroundings in Berlin and Singapore.
The main issue Hitman: Agent 47 presents, is just how boring it all is. The plot involving racing to find a man named Litvenko, who
went into hiding to stop others using his talents to once again create an army of genetically engineered assassins is not only absurd, but will have you
falling asleep in its portrayal. The action scenes meanwhile feature lots of quick cuts and ‘shaky cam’ that plaster modern action films - luckily Agent 47
himself stands out so well, that you’re able to comprehend this action better than usual.
But that is basically Hitman: Agent 47 in a nutshell,
action set pieces - whilst executed well - just clipped together with no soul blending them into a cohesive whole, there’s just nothing here that will leave
you satisfied or care to want more - opposing the filmmakers own obvious intentions, with a credit sequence teasing future assassin shenanigans.
Video game movie adaptions don’t exactly have the best track record, and Hitman: Agent 47 won’t be shaking-off that connotation anytime soon.
Whilst Agent 47 himself was excellently cast and will have you at least interested in what's on offer - it isn’t enough to carry an otherwise forgettable
movie that’ll leave you bored between action.
Hitman: Agent 47 is currently available to buy on Blu-ray & DVD via Amazon or on-demand via Amazon Video.