Hitman (2007) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: November 21, 2007
Directed by: Xavier Gens
Music by: Geoff Zanelli
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott, Robert Knepper, Olga Kurylenko

Based on the most anticipating and successful video game on PC platform – Hitman takes a turning point when it was put behind the silver screen for fans and audiences to experience a new feel behind the game.

Hitman (2000) developed by IO Interactive. Published by Eidos Interactive.

A flashback of shaved-headed children having their barcodes tattoos behind the head as they received their training in firearms and hand combats. Raised to be a natural-born killers.

The film begins with Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant) having a little conversation with Interpol agent Mike Whittier in his house.

Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant)

Thus, the scenes went back three months before with Agent 47 completing a mission in Niger and getting a new mission via his communication briefcase where he is needd to assassinate Russian President Mikhail Belicoff in public.

Upon leaving Russia, he is contacted to kill a Russian girl of whom both never met. But she ended being targeted.

Agent 47 & Nika (Olga Kurylenko)

His location was revealed to Russian FSB when his employer – Diana called and said that Belicoff ordered the hit on himself. Nika (Olga Kurylenko), who was supposed to be the witness of his hit was interrogated on Belicoff whereabouts and the people she is involved.

Everything became crucial when the Interpol, CIA, FSB gets involved. Agent 47 killed all four agents nearby the train hallway before wounding Agent Whittier and his partner. In exchange for a favor, he contacted Agent Smith from CIA as he make an offer to kill Udre Belicoff, an arms dealer and slave trader wanted both by the CIA and FSB and brother to Mikhail Belicoff.

Receiving a tip from Agent Smith – Agent 47 and Nika travelled to Istanbul to assasinate Price (German Arms dealer) and pose as Price to meet Udre at his mansion.

After turning Udre’s mansion into a slaughterhouse, Belicoff’s double was in present to give a speech. Disguised as a Russian soldier, Agent 47 kills all Belicoff’s guards and lastly Belifcoff himself before arrested by Interpol Agent Whittier but escaped.

Return to the first scene in the house with Agent Whittier as Agent 47 reveals the truth behind the conspiracy scenes and mentioned that he hope to never Agent Whittier again.

Reviewer’s Notes:
Cold and to the point in his dealings with others, 47 displays an introspective nature, contemplating his own existence and his reason for being in the world – he once sought refuge and guidance in the Catholic church.

Yet, in line with his programming, he is a merciless killer – deliberate and cunning, but in line with his burgeoning conscience, 47 can also show great respect toward others: freeing a kidnapped prostitute in the Codename 47, as well as taking pride in not creating any collateral damage during a hit. He constantly looks for ways to conduct his work without injuring innocents or even alerting them to his macabre task.

The creators of Hitman were inspired by Luc Besson’s assassin movies such as Nikita and The Professional, Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and the popular action movies of the Hong Kong film industry. What’s more is that Hitman is produced by Besson too!

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