HITMAN: AGENT 47
released OUT NOW! 2015 | 15 | Blu-ray/DVD Director aleksander Bach Cast rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciarán Hinds
There’s a sensible school of thought which says that instead of rebooting successful film series, it’s duff movies with potential Hollywood should be having another crack at. Hitman: Agent 47 disproves this idea – if anything, this redundant reboot is worse than the 2007 videogame adap.
This time the dapper chromedomed assassin (Rupert Friend) teams up with Katia (Hannah Ware) – daughter of the scientist who created the Agent programme – to track down her father before some bad ’uns can build their own army of genetically superior killers. Zachary Quinto has a thankless role as 47’s hammy foil, John Smith.
Don’t let the half-decent cast fool you: Agent 47 is pants, empty action sequences strung together with a tiny bit of plot. Remaining undetected and creatively dispatching your targets is the whole point of the games, but the film is only interested in putting 47 into the middle of outlandish shootouts that wouldn’t look out of place in a Bad Boys movie.
Friend makes a respectable 47 and a sequence set inside an aircraft engine factory is good fun, but otherwise there’s no reason for this film to exist.
Extras Four minutes of deleted scenes; several featurettes; an on-screen “hit counter”; galleries and trailers. Jordan Farley
Terry’s running kit for the marathon caught the eye.