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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, TSG Entertainment and Fox International Productions present an R rated film based on the video game Hitman, 96 minute, Action, Crime, Thriller, directed by Aleksander Bach, written by Skip Woods and Michael Finch with a theater release date of August 21, 2015.

 

It’s been said that history has been created by war! So what better way to create more history then to build a better man? A killing machine called agents that can’t be stopped from achieving their targets. This program that was created by a scientist known as Litvenko (Ciaran Hinds) has been shut down but a syndicate group led by Le Clerq (Thomas Kretschmann) and his hitman John Smith (Zachary Quinto) are out to find a girl named Katia (Hannah Ware) who knows the whereabouts of Litvenko. One problem, Diana (Angelabqaby) from another company has unleashed Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) to find Katia and put a bullet through her head. At least that is the information that John Smith has told her personally when he asked her to trust him. Trust is not the most honest word in this play on agents.

In Berlin Germany Agent 47 has connected with Katia and has been instructed by Diana to kill both targets, Katia and John Smith. When Katia gets flipped from the protection of John Smith to Agent 47 she learns a bit more about him, Smith and her past including the reasons why she herself has super-human like survival skills. Many of the reasons Katia is the way she is date back to her childhood making her 43 better than 47.

In Singapore, 47 and Katia start to figure each other out, understanding their moves, reasons for their actions and their lack of emotions. Yet Smith once thought to be a friend is now much more the opposite. Both Smith and 47 want the girl that will lead them to Litvenko but for totally different reasons. In the end 47 and Katia realize that they decipher who they are by what they do and when all parties involved come together the walls come crashing in, truth is told and Diana says hi.

I can’t actually say I liked this film that much. I think I had higher expectations especially since the first one was so much better. This film lacked character development leaving people who did not remember nor saw the first Hitman a bit lost and confused. I thought there were several unanswered questions about some of the situations and characters that only led to more confusion. There is some great cinematography and a wonderful score to accompany it but the direction was a bit disappointing and the writing somewhat lack. The special effects, car crashes, chase scenes and shoot outs are all a positive especially if you’re looking for action but if you want a bit more story you won’t find it or at least understand it at times here.

Friend is a bit too stiff but gets a bit more exciting when he loosens up with his character. I know he’s supposed to be a killing machine but damn try a bit of personality as well. It does develop as his character lives on. Ware is superb; I can honestly say I pretty much liked her throughout the entire film. Quinto who I am a fan of was a bit disappointing here and I think they could have cast is role to an actor with a bit more muscle or sophistication. Kretschmann has a small role as does Hinds and both do well with their characters but overall the film has a lot of foreplay and a lot of action but in the end it just wasn’t as climatic as I had hoped it to be. Grant it they leave it wide open for yet another hit. Written and pretty much enjoyed with 2 paws out of 4 by Jon Patch.

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