Hitman Movie Review
HITMAN: PUT A HIT ON THIS MOVIE
With Hitman we get yet another movie based on a videogame. And so the lack of originality continues. It has a clichéd plot and a stereotypical Russian woman who can only find work as a whore. And Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47 acts like he is made of stone in this film.
Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant) is a trained hit man. He doesn’t have a name. He receives a job to kill the President of Russia, Mikhail Belicoff (Ulrich Thomsen). After he does the job he is told that there was one witness. The witness, Nika (Olga Kurylenko) is Belicoff’s paid for whore. When 47 goes to kill her, he realizes that she doesn’t recognize him and that it was just a plot to kill him. Then he is told that he didn’t complete the job and sees footage of Belicoff out in public. He kidnaps Nika and they both go on the run trying to figure out what has happened. This while having an Interpol agent (Dougray Scott) on their heels.
The story is lame, lame, lame. There is absolutely nothing that hasn’t been done before. There is a hit man who is emotionless. He is double crossed by the people who created him. He meets a girl who changes his world. Blah, blah, blah. And the acting isn’t any better. Timothy Olyphant is decent in other films. But he doesn’t have much to work with here. Olga Kurylenko as Nika is just there for show. And she just stands there with an occasional pout or whine. Her acting abilities leave something to be desired to say the least. Even the filming locations can’t save this film, which include Bulgaria, England, and Russia. They are beautiful and enhance the film’s attempt at a dark atmosphere.
This movie would only have a chance if the script had been scrapped and screenwriter Skip Woods started over.
If you want to watch a GOOD movie based on a video game go watch Resident Evil. If you don’t, watch this one.