Movie Review: Hitman


Hitman, directed by Xavier Gens, is a movie that is hard to follow if you’ve never played or even seen the video game. It provides some well shot action scenes but still barely keeps your attention.

The movie follows an international assassin, known only as Agent 47, as he carries out high-profile hits for an organization known as the Agency.

Agent 47, played by Timothy Olyphant, is the main character in the movie who is a trained assassin. He was trained from an early age to be a killer.

Olyphant was adequate but could have offered more to the role. He was engaged in the role, but I really wasn’t completely engulfed by his portrayal. Perhaps Vin Diesal, who was originally contracted to star and produce the film, would have given a more convincing performance.

Agent 47 was believable and coincided with the video game character quite well, in both action and looks.

This movie was definitely made for gamers. It sticks to the game well, perhaps just well enough to satisfy the franchise, but it really won’t appeal to a general audience.

All the hype has you hoping for a great show but leaves you stunned and not in the good way. They should have left well enough alone and left it as a video game. The movie runs approximately 2 hours, so staying awake might be an issue.

If blood and guts and pointless killing is all it takes to keep your attention then this is the movie for you. If you crave substance and intrigue then find another movie.

It is rated R, so if you like death and gore there’s definitely plenty of it, but I personally wouldn’t waste the $8.00 to see it. I would wait until it comes out on DVD and rent it.

Overall, I would give the movie a 6 out of 10, one being the worst and ten being the best.