An elite group of assassins are now genetically engineered from conception, no emotions, no fear, no doubt and no hesitation. Forty-six of these agents have been created before the current Agent 47; each agent even more superior than the last. Agent 47, one of said assassins, receives his orders to find Katia Van Dees and her father Dr. Litvenko. Additionally, the bad guy Le Clerq is also looking for Katia and Dr. Litvenko. While all of these people are looking for her, at the same time, Katia is also looking for her father. Get it? Probably not and so begins Hitman Agent 47. Truth be told, the beginning of the film started off at such a confusing, crawling pace, I almost left the theater.
So back to the beginning – just who is Dr. Litvenko and why is he so important? Well, he is the guy that created and perfected the genetically, modified killing machines, of course. What about Agent 47 and exactly why is he called “Agent 47”? If you look closely enough, the number 47 are the last two digits of the barcode on the back of his head. Fortunately as the movie progressed, the pace picked up and I was finally able to understand and start to enjoy the film. With so many twists and turns, however, it's hard to discuss the film without giving away spoilers – who is the good guy? Who is the bad guy? Who do you trust?
What about the actors? Rupert Friend does an excellent job as the emotionless Agent 47. Friend, you may remember from the TV series, Homeland. Hannah Ware plays Katia. Ware has little acting to her credit, most recently in the TV show Betrayal. Zachary Quinto plays John Smith, another genetically altered assassin. Quinto starred in two of the recent Star Trek movies, including Star Trek – Into the Darkness. His distinctive eyebrows, however, kept reminding me of his Star Trek roles so it was a little difficult to focus on his performance.
If you’re not into tons of shooting, blood and bodies being tossed over rails and clanking as they hit the railing below, this is probably not the movie for you. There were several cringe worthy moments during the hand-to-hand combat when the fighting had me even flinching in my seat. Watching the precision with which Agent 47 and Katia teamed up to shoot and kill in sync in the movie’s climatic scene, however, was pure symmetry.
Overall, I rate this movie a 2 out of 5 stars. The 2 rating was definitely for the action at the end of the movie.
Rating: R – A LOT of violence and language.
Director: Aleksander Bach
Run time: 1 hour 25 minutes
I paid for admission to this movie from my own funds. I have not been compensated to write this review.