While Hitman is not the best video game to film adaptation, it is nonetheless enjoyable.
Fox’s Hitman may not be the best game-to-film adaptation yet made, but it’s an enjoyable enough diversion despite its many formulaic elements. Offbeat casting helps make otherwise sketchy characters appear more dimensional than they are, while director Xavier Gens and cinematographer Laurent Bares deliver a number of sharp-looking, adrenaline-pumping action set-pieces.
The Skip Woods-scripted film has a simple enough plot: Tthe mysterious master assassin known only as Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant) is sent by his employer — referred to here as “The Organization” but called “The Agency” in the games — to assassinate Russian leader Mikhail Belicoff (Ulrich Thomsen). But 47 — who never misses his target and is referred to by law enforcement as “The Ghost” because he’s so stealthy — is advised by his contact at The Organization that there is an eyewitness, a hooker named Nika (Olga Kurylenko), that he will need to eliminate.
Quicker than you can scream “set-up!,” 47 finds himself on the run in the former USSR with Nika in tow and hunted by other bald, well-dressed agents from The Organization. Also in hot pursuit are Interpol agent Mike Whittier (Dougray Scott) and Russian secret police officer Yuri Marklov (Robert Knepper), who are at each other’s throats as often as they’re after 47. Why was 47 betrayed? What are the bad guys up to? These are the questions that drive Hitman towards its bullet-riddled conclusion.
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