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Action -Shoot-em Ups

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

Duration1h 36m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 16 
Source of storyA film based on various iterations of the Hitman computer game developed by Morten Iverson
DirectorAleksander Bach
Writers/ScriptSkip Woods, Michael Finch
StarringRupert Friend, Ciarian Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware, 
RatingsIMDb: 5.7/10 by 89,252 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 8% by 130 reviewers. Review2view: 6/10.

Elevator Pitch: A young woman, Katia is searching for information about he father in Berlin, when she is forced to go on the run with John Smith an agent of the Syndicate, apparently being chased by an unknown assassin.  But it turns out that John Smith is the enemy and Katia is being protected by the assassin Agent 47. The Syndicate wish to find out how to make the superhuman beings one of whom is Agent 47. Katia’s father is the geneticist who has carried out the work, and we find out (small spoiler) that Katia is his ultimate creation. Things come to a head when her father is found in Singapore.

Content:  No sex or nudity. We see Katia living in grubby conditions in Berlin. She and John Smith flee from Agent 47 in the Metro. At various times Agent 47 kills an unfeasible number of armed soldiers. He allows himself to be captured by the US Embassy people cleverly escaping and extracting Katia. There are car chases, the main one involving a supercar Audi. Katia’s superior senses are used  at various times.  The Singapore locations are spectacular, and probably real I thought. Katia’s father is captured and tortured. 

A View: There is no doubt that this outing is incredibly derivative, even if it based on the computer game. Actually this is an old game, so maybe many successful films are based on it, but anyway it all seems like old hat. Even so, I like the idea of the enhanced supersmart human and once this film settles down that is what we get, particularly when the action migrates to Singapore. So if you are a shoot’em up fan this outing may be for you.

There are other films based on 1st person shoot‘em up computer games. They include the original Hitman as well as Max Payne and Doom.  

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