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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.

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