Hitman: Agent 47 [2015] ★★

413-film-page-largeI may sound like a party pooper but didn’t we agree that Hollywood should stop making movies based on famous video games? “Super Mario Bros”, “Resident Evil”, “Silent Hill”…to name a few. Then there’s “Hitman”. The first attempt goes all the way back to 2007. The movie opened to mostly toxic reviews; in short: fans were pissed. So why should attempt number 2 be any different? It isn’t. It looks, sounds and resonates exactly like the first film. Except Timothy Olyphant was replaced by Rupert Friend. You know the drill: Hitman is a killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of his past to create an army of killers that could…oh who are we kidding? You’ve seen this a million times before and better. The action scenes, though repetitive, are well staged and quite entertaining at times. But everything else is very familiar and mediocre with a lacklustre effort all around. Too bad. Fans expecting something better than the 2007 film will certainly come away disappointed. As for future attempts, I offer this plea: please don’t!

Rating: 2/4

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