"Another Anti-Hero Movie with Plenty of Bloodshed"
HITMAN, based on the top-selling videogame franchise of the same name, stars Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47, a highly trained assassin working for a clandestine international agency.
Agent 47 has been trained, since he was a small child, to be cold and calculating in everything he does. His life-long training and expertise, such as always keeping a weapon hidden somewhere nearby and never entering a room without planning his escape route, has helped him to become one of the absolute best at what he does.
However, after an assassination attempt on the Russian president goes awry, Agent 47 finds himself a target of the very agency who trained him. Trying to outsmart fellow assassins and trying to elude an Interpol agent hot on his trail, Agent 47 must also finish the job he set out to do: killing the Russian president. Adding to 47’s troubles is a beautiful young woman, Nika, who, like a prostitute, is owned by the Russian president. After he rescues her, she emotionally connects with Agent 47 and touches his life in a human way that the cold, calculating assassin could never have imagined.
HITMAN is an ultra-violent movie that, like most action films, relies heavily on plenty of gunplay and action imagery and not so heavily on story and plot. Although this movie has some interesting twists, the story is basic fare for this type of genre and even leaves out some information assuming that the audiences will make the imagination leap with the filmmakers. The director takes great care, however, in remaining true to the artistic imagery of the HITMAN videogame design, so fans of the game should be pleased. The movie, however, contains a lot of action violence, including some rather graphic fight sequences and shootout scenes, which most audiences will find excessive.
Even though there are some quick biblical references and some very light Christian elements, HITMAN contains some sexual content and nudity as well as strong foul language that media-wise audiences will find too gratuitous to be enjoyable.
(H, B, C, Ho, AP, LL, VVV, S, NN, AA, DD, M) Mostly mixed humanist worldview with some biblical elements such as a Psalm is quoted and Christian elements such as a Christian funeral in an orthodox church as well as a crucifix symbol is seen multiple times, and one brief homosexual reference with a transvestite shown and brief anti-patriotic view of CIA as they help a villain escape; 22 mostly strong obscenities, two profanities and one crude gesture; extremely strong and graphic action violence includes a lot of gunplay and shootouts where many people are shot, some of which are very graphic killings, assassinations, man’s throat is stuffed with explosive device and he explodes, some hand to hand combat with bones breaking, stabbings, skulls crushed, strangulation, quick flashback of woman being whipped, and several innocent people are killed in crossfire of shootouts; sexual content includes discussion of woman being a prostitute who is owned by the Russian president, drunk woman tries to seduce the Hitman by sitting on his lap seductively and removing her top, and woman kisses on a man’s neck; naturalistic upper male nudity, upper female nudity and rear female nudity of woman in underwear as well as some cleavage shown on other women; alcohol use includes light social drinking as well as some implied drunkenness; some cigar smoking, cigarette smoking and implied drug use as man talks about “going over some lines [of cocaine]”; and, lying and vigilante justice.
HITMAN, based on the top-selling videogame franchise, stars Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47, a highly trained assassin working for a clandestine international agency. When an assassination attempt on the Russian president goes wrong, Agent 47 finds himself the target. He must outwit the very agency that trained him, as well as an Interpol agent hot on his trail. Agent 47 must also finish the job of killing the Russian president. Adding to his problems is a beautiful young woman, Nika, who, like a prostitute, is owned by the Russian president. After he rescues her, Nika connects emotionally with him and touches his life in a way that the cold, calculating assassin could never have imagined.
HITMAN is an ultra-violent movie that, like most action films, relies heavily on lots of gunplay and action but not so heavily on story and plot. The director takes great care in remaining true to the artistic imagery of the videogame. Overall, however, the movie’s rather graphic fight sequences and shootouts, as well as some sexual content, explicit nudity and foul language, are excessive. Thus, HITMAN is not a worthwhile entertainment for media-wise audiences.