To be completely honest here, I probably wouldn’t have watched Hitman: Agent 47 in the cinema if I hadn’t won tickets for the Austrian premiere. Since I am such a lucky person though, you’ll get a review for it! Win for everyone! (Please beware of Spoilers! I couldn’t tell you anything if I had to leave those out …)
Some main facts:
Length: 96 minutes
Cast: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciarám Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, Angelbaby
Director: Aleksander Bach
I think I’ve seen the last Hitman movie with Timothy Olyphant and I say “think” because I can’t remember a single scene from it. That’s how much of an impression it left on me. However, the premise of Hitman: Agent 47 is pretty similar. The agent program modifies genes to create a faster, stronger, better human, who can turn off emotions like regret, fear but also love. Agent 47 teams up with a woman named Katia to find her father, the creator of the now shut-down Agent program before their enemies get their hands on him.
There is not much I can say about the movie. It is fairly predictable, but surprisingly funny at times. There are some gory scenes in the movie, but they don’t overshadow everything else. I think I liked the movie because the main character’s name was Katia and that’s my name (well, mine is Katja but that’s only details) and that’s not a name that’s often used in movies or shows. (Except for strippers … I’m looking at you Chicago Fire!) So, every time someone said her name, I involuntarily tensed up or paid more attention as if they were actually addressing me. I can’t imagine how people feel who’s names are always used in movies. Must be a great sensation!
My friend and I were most impressed with the fact that Katia van Dees actually meant quatre-vingt-dix which means 90 in French and makes her an agent as well. I mean that was pretty smart! Her dynamic with Agent 47 was really brilliant and I would actually like to see some more of them together. And just to be clear, they’re like brother and sister and not lovers or anything like that.
Speaking of a sequel: I guess it depends on how the movie will be doing in the box office, but the post-credit scene definitely set us up for a continuation of the story.
Fazit: somewhat entertaining but I have definitely seen better things out there!