August 29, 2015
Hitman: Agent 47 was directed by first timer Aleksander Bach. As for the screenwriting duties, they were handled by Skip Woods, who also wrote the 2007 edition, and Michael Finch who has previously worked on November Man and Predators. Now, if you wanted this to be interesting, you may have wanted to try bringing in an entirely new creative team. I question how wise it was to bring Woods back into the fold considering the first film is generally considered a failure.
This is not a movie I really want to spend a lot of time on. This is not to suggest it is the worst thing I have seen, it isn't as I have seen a few films that were much worse than this. The problem is that it is just there, not really doing much of anything, content to be a non entity. To be fair, I am not a gamer, perhaps knowing the game would have made it more enjoyable? Still, that would not let it off the hook as bad filmmaking. It has some decent ideas of what makes the individual and the ethics of scientific meddling in human genetics.
While this could have been an interesting science fiction tinted action film, it is more content to just plod along with action sequences that are chopped up into a messy mash of quick bits that sort of resemble fights, car chases and explosions that are obvious CGI creations, and characters that talk on a third grade level. It is all just boring and inconsequential. However, it did leave me with a desire to rewatch its predecessor to see of it as bad as I remember. This is easily skippable late summer filler.
Posted by Christopher Beaumont at 8/29/2015 12:54:00 AM
Labels: 2010s, 2015, Action, Adaptation, Ciaran Hind, Hannah Ware, Movie Review, Reboot, Rupert Friend, Science Fiction, Theatrical Release, Zachary Quinto
Chris has been an avid movie watcher for decades, getting into the writing game in 2004. Since that time he has contributed to a number online publications as well as running CriticalOutcast.com. In addition to movies, Chris is a big fan of music, particularly metal, and will never give up hope on his beloved Mets.