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Hitman (DVD, 2008, Canadian; Unrated; Wi...
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Created: 03/15/08

VIDEO GAME IS BETTER

Based on the video game franchise of the same title, “Hitman” exploits every action-flick cliché imaginable and still manages to be dull. It’s bang, boom, blah — action movies for bored dummies.

A strangely, at times ridiculously, miscast Timothy Olyphant stars as the titular contract killer, who has been raised by some monastic-looking male order to travel the world in bloody business class, from Africa to Europe to Russia with hate. He’s a globe-trotting unholy man, a messianic messenger of murder. He’s also bald, has a bar code tattooed on the back of his head and is known only as 47. Women leave him cold (if vaguely rattled), which probably comes as a relief to the movie’s presumptive adolescent male target audience.

There’s a hodgepodge story from the screenwriter Skip Woods, though its details are sufficiently uninteresting to the director, Xavier Gens, as to make them uninteresting to anyone watching (or reading about) this mess. In “Hitman,” Mr. Gens, whose feature debut, “Frontière(s),” earned legitimacy by playing at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, lavishes his attention on blowing stuff up, including dozens upon dozens of people. Life is always cheap in the exploitation racket, but it’s still tiresome watching one after another anonymous extra get a sizable hole blown through his body, to watch movie blood spray like water amid chunks of fake body bits, especially when there’s no story to speak of, no decent acting, no wit, no point.



Well, there is a point, which is to reel an audience in with an entertaining spectacle of death. In this regard, Mr. Gens fails, despite owing a visual and thematic debt to Luc Besson, whose company helped produce this junk. There’s loads of noisy violence and R-rated gore in “Hitman,” along with the regulation female nudity (via Olga Kurylenko), but these flashy parts never cohere or gather momentum.

Rather, Mr. Olyphant’s robotic assassin moves through corridors in effective mimicry of a familiar video game visual strategy, pausing every so often to peer through a gun scope, stare at the pulsing lights on his laptop or brutally dispatch one more generic human obstacle. On occasion, the story shifts to Dougray Scott, whose indifferent turn as an Interpol agent chasing after 47 nicely mirrored my own reaction to the on-screen din

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7/10

I LOVE THE SERIES OF THE VISEO GAME AS PER MY REVIEW AND I WOULD SAY THAT THIS IS A MUST SEE MOVIE FOR ALL THE HITMAN FANS..IF YOU HAVE NOT PLAYED THE GAME THAN I SAY RENT THIS OR RENT THE GAME!

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Created: 04/11/08

Cool Guy

This movie was ok the fights were good, but I need more out of it.
I mean the movie was called hit man I expected alot more hitting.
Well more carnage and gore.

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Created: 03/18/08

Good but could have been better

This movie starts great but it gets very weird after. It seems as if the story has been cut and paste. I would have like to see more of the heroe's past and less of the bad dialogues. Positively, the movie is beautiful for the eyes, not for the brain.

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