Friday, March 07, 2008
****½ Hitman. Action/adventure.
Directed by: Xavier Gens.
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott, Olga Kurylenko
Carl and I saw this at the Hercules, without the boys.
Timothy Olyphant is the eponymous hitman, known only as #47. He's assigned to kill the Russian president Belikoff, and does so--but later the man appears in public, alive and well. And there's a witness: Belikoff's mistress, Nika (Olga Kurylenko).
Now he's on the run, dodging the Russians, Interpol (Dougray Scott), and his fellow assassins, with Nika in tow.
I always read through the Amazon reviews to refresh my memory, but this time I'm going to address them directly, because I swear I saw a different movie.
- Only fans of the video game would like this movie.
- I've never played, seen, or even heard of the video game. I did suspect the movie was made from a video game or comic, though.
- Bald head, bar code: awfully conspicuous for an assassin
- Yes, I agree with this. I rationalized it away--that he was so skilled that he didn't have to be inconspicuous, but it grated nonetheless.
- The bar codes and the numbers weren't explained.
- Well, they were if you watched Dark Angel. In fact, there were a lot of similarities between this and Dark Angel: secret government agency raising and training assassins/super soldiers. Bar codes, though in Dark Angel they were on the back of the neck instead of the back of the head. Numbers instead of names (Max & co. named themselves). And those scenes from 47's childhood/training--the kids with shaved heads in blue hospital gowns, and some of the training scenes--I swear they were taken straight from Dark Angel. Since I loved Dark Angel, this only made me like the movie more.
- "This is definitely a flick for testosterone-laden males, as the experience is obviously not geared toward the female audience."
- Looks down: boobs, curves, no penis. Laughs aloud.
- "Olyphant doesn't have the presence of a suave and deadly assassin." and various complaints about him not knowing what to do with a willing prostitute.
- Ah, but he's not supposed to be suave. Just deadly. He's supposed to be actually fairly innocent, despite the killing, because of his upbringing. I thought that came across extremely well. The soundtrack (Ave Maria during a killing spree, for example) really emphasizes that, as does his question to the Interpol agent at the very beginning of the film. I thought Olyphant portrayed the contrast of what's basically an assassin monk perfectly.
- If you haven't played the game, you'll be lost.
- Nope. Didn't seem to be.
- For action junkies.
- Yes, indeed.
Categories: Movies, ActionAdventure, 4.5stars