Another attempt into the foray of video-games turned films; this time in the shape of Hitman: Agent 47. Is this the movie? Is this the one that will make it acceptable to turn all our favourite video-games into mega blockbusting hits? Not quite.
As mentioned, Hitman: Agent 47 is based on a video-game, and in that game you play as a genetically enhanced super-assassin and given contracts to complete. The film follows the same story thread but changes it a little by having the super-assassin chase after the creator of the whole ‘Agent Program’. Generic evil company, ‘The Syndicate’, also want to find the creator of the program which has started producing genetically grown killing machines in order to create themselves an army. The key to finding the creator is through the character Katia van Dees (Hannah Ware) who seems to have inside knowledge of the creators whereabouts. Sounds good, you have two sides and clear objectives, it’s enough to push the story forward.
This is where the problem lies, the story is good enough. Not great, just good enough. Now, this wouldn’t be a problem if they didn’t attempt to dwell on the plot too much. They need to remember that ultimately this is an action film, the narrative must take a back seat to the action; even more so when the basic plot is just above par.
There are some action scenes and they all work great. The opening sequence especially is a highlight with some others working quite well also. What I wanted, and most audiences wanted, is a balls-to-the-wall action. You’ve shown me the two sides, ‘The Syndicate’ versus Agent 47, now let them fight! I don’t want long scenes with dialogue that attempt, and fail, to explore how each character is feeling about the ordeal. I want heads smashing, cars chasing and explosions happening.
The few action scenes that are there are good and you can see the influences from films such as The Matrix, John Wick and The Terminator series. The lead actor playing Agent 47, Rupert Friend, delivers as a hardened assassin who knows his whole life was programmed. With obvious inspiration taken from Terminator’s T-1000, Zachary Quinto’s character, John Smith, is also quite solid with his clear objective set to spoil the plans set by Agent 47 at every corner.
What this film needed was less dialogue and more action. The pace needed to keep increasing and not take huge breaks in an attempt to create more story. It is disappointing as the action in this film was fun and awesome to watch, just fleeting and infrequent. As the film continues you end up being too bored during the dialogue scenes to care and to re-engage with the action scenes.
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