Review #571 of 365
Movie Review of Hitman (2007) [R] 100 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $14.00
Where Viewed: United Artists Denver Pavilions Stadium 15, Denver, CO
When 1st Seen: 21 November 2007
Time: 8:00 pm
DVD Release Date: 11 March 2008 (click date to purchase or pre-order)
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Directed by: Xavier Gens (Frontière(s))
Written by: Skip Woods (Swordfish)
Featured Cast (Where You Might Remember Him/Her From):
Timothy Olyphant (Live Free or Die Hard) • Dougray Scott ("Desperate Housewives") • Olga Kurylenko (Paris, je t'aime ) • Robert Knepper (Good Night, and Good Luck) • Ulrich Thomsen (Kingdom of Heaven) • Henry Ian Cusick ("Lost") • Michael Offei (Casino Royale) • Christian Erickson (Arthur and the Invisibles) • Eriq Ebouaney (The Nativity Story) • Joe Sheridan (Hannibal Rising) • James Faulkner (The Good Shepherd)
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"… destined to be acclaimed the best action thrill ride of the year."
While Mr. Olyphant has flown largely under the radar of the People Magazine crowd, he's quietly assembled a decent résumé of diverse roles, this being his third of the year believe it or not—Catch and Release and Live Free or Die Hard.
"… blending titanium charm with Teflon®-coated, acerbic wit, Olyphant has created a very worthy living rendition of the video game icon."
The story for the film begins with Agent 47 staring down his long-time pursuer, Interpol Cop Mike Whittier (Dougray Scott). He's broken into his home, arranged things just so, and now posed to Whittier a question, "How do good men know when to kill?" The answer holds the key to the events that will unfold next. Three months prior, Agent 47 received an assignment from the computerized voice of Diana on his notebook computer. He was offered the hit on the Russian President Mikhail Belicoff (Ulrich Thomsen). While parameters were changed outside his routine and general comfort zone, he accepted and proceeded to carry out the hit. With ingenious execution, no pun intended, he plans and enacts the assassination with pin point precision even detonation a bomb from his shooting location to ensure no traces of his activities would ever be found. Unfortunately, he would learn a bit later that Belicoff is not dead. Impossible. He's never missed a target in his life. He knows it, Whittier who's been tracking him for 3 years knows it, and even Belicoff knows it, in fact Belicoff is counting on that. And then all infierno breaks loose. He, himself, becomes a target of his own hitman organization, and the key to it all seems to be a Russian slave girl, named Nika (Olga Kurylenko).
With a perfect blend of action, thrills, twists, turns, and a carefully planned and paced plot, director Xavier Gens has unleashed a highly stylized, adrenaline-powered film that draws you in, toys with you, and takes you on one incredible ride. The one thing that really sets Hitman apart is that it's not overdone. Films of the genre all too often take their one gimmick too far. Because Agent 47 is the complete package with ruthless fighting skills, incredible brain power and intuition, and the all important gadgets, there's nothing of which to get tired. And, without disrespecting the Bond legend, this guy, actually is a real gentlemen—he doesn't just hop into bed with every pretty young thing because he can.
"… there's more sexual tension and electricity between the nameless Agent 47 and Nika than the last 5 Bond films added together …"
On the one hand, it might be possible to say that Hitman is derivative borrowing the best of the best from its predecessors. On the other, there's the sheepish grin of Timothy Olyphant as his Agent 47 sets in motion, with the simple catalyst of an ancient key, the down fall of so many. So while a tad derivative it might be, Hitman, with Geoff Zanelli's stirring musical score, nonetheless, is destined to be acclaimed the best action thrill ride of the year.
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Other Projects Featuring Hitman (2007)
Timothy Olyphant • Dougray Scott • Olga Kurylenko
Robert Knepper • Ulrich Thomsen • Henry Ian Cusick
Michael Offei • Christian Erickson • Eriq Ebouaney
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