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Published January 25th 2016
Playing Cat and Mouse With Guns
Rupert Friend stars in this movie as Agent 47 and with his shaven head reminds me of Orlando Bloom - but his uncanny resemblance is where the cuteness ends. From the very start of the movie you can tell that this lean, mean, superhuman fighting machine assassin is on a mission to hunt and kill. The gore factor in the film is high which reflects the MA + 15 rating.
This fast-paced action adventure/thriller is actually based on the award-winning Hitman video game series. The other protagonist in the film is Katia (played by Hannah Ware) who gives the most brilliant performance. Katia desperately tries to find her father who had to leave her when she was little. But thanks to her geneticist dad, she has her own superhuman abilities which help her survive. She soon meets up with John Smith (Zachary Quinto) who helps her escape Agent 47's bullets. But all is not what it seems. Later when Katia meets up with Agent 47, we find out that John Smith actually works for a rogue syndicate who plan on building an army of superhuman agents.
The themes of identity, family, loyalty, cloning technology, and intelligence feature strongly in the movie. In one particular scene Agent 47 shoots John Smith but the bullet deflects from his skin. John Smith boasts that he has had an upgrade of armour put under his skin. In a later scene Agent 47 uses that information to find John Smith's weakness. That particular scene showing how someone's strength can also be their weakness is a highlight in the film. The other moral in the story is stated by Katia (and later on repeated by Agent 47) about how you always have choice and it is your actions that determine who you are. We see a very vivid example of this when Katia's father is abducted in a helicopter.
Hitman Agent 47 is more than just a few good car chases and people running to escape the bad guys. It is a slick production and thrilling to watch, with some scenes and plot development reminiscent of The Matrix, Next, X-Men, The Bourne Identity, and even Star Wars. Actually much of the action and costumes are very Matrix-esque! Even with all that familiarity, the movie keeps you guessing until the very end and that, in my opinion, is the mark of an entertaining film.