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    Now Playing at Sayville Cinemas
    September 4, 2015 9:21 am  
    Now Playing at Sayville Cinemas

    by Liam Haber

    I write this review in the closing days of August, the waning days of summer. And with the change in seasons, the season of Blockbusters comes to a close, but not before the rejects get their time in the sun.

    Late August is, for the most part, a time when the movies that studios have little faith in are released, and with that comes Hitman: Agent 47 from 20th Century Fox. A generic video game adaptation, Hitman doesn’t have much going for it, with a confusing plot and characters that you don’t care about.

    Hitman stars Rupert Friend (TV’s Homeland) as Agent 47, a biologically enhanced super-assassin who is sent to kill Katia van Dees (Hannah Ware of TV’s Boss), the key to making more Agents. When Agent 47 develops a connection with Katia and finds himself at the center of a greater conspiracy. Unfortunately, I cannot explain anything else about the plot, because I lost track of everything that happened. The first few minutes of the movie contain a complete, detailed explanation of the background and character relationships of the movie, but because I am a human and require the need to blink, I missed numerous details about the intricacies of the plot, leaving me confused for the remainder of the movie. When I asked a friend of mine what something meant, he shrugged and said “I forget”.

    One of the biggest sins the movie commits is how it builds up the plot. For the first half hour of the movie, we are rooting for Katia to safely escape from Agent 47 while paired with John Smith (Zachery Quinto, Star Trek). But almost completely out of nowhere, we are told that we should be rooting for Agent 47 and hoping for John Smith to lose. Although we as viewers know this “twist” is coming considering we shouldn’t be rooting against the main character, something about the bait-and-switch seems oddly manipulative, almost as if the film is trying to mess with us. After that scene, I found myself unable to care about who won or lost anymore. Even though we are supposed to want Katia to win, the movie does such a poor job of defining her that I didn’t care whether she survived, acting as more of a plot device than a character in her own right.

    This brings me to the action scenes, which range in scale from entertaining and funny to horribly edited and confusing. The best scene in the movie is unsurprisingly the former, and the latter scene could barely be watched. Even the car chase was boring, despite some fun stunt work. But the film felt as if it was made action first, plot second. And despite the beauty of Singapore and Berlin, the setting seemed to be more interesting than the plot, a big shame.

    The biggest asset to the film is the acting, which went above and beyond the level of the writing. Rupert Friend has built a career upon acting without emotion, and that skill is used to perfection here. He is the only actor who has fun in the entire movie, it seems. Hannah Ware also was very entertaining, although she had the insurmountable task of playing the worst character in the movie. Even Quinto plays his very one note villain well, despite being the best lead actor in the movie. And after playing Sylar in Heroes and Dr. Thredson in American Horror Story: Asylum, I will never doubt his power to play a villain. Two smaller roles played by fantastic actors Ciarán Hinds (The Debt) and Thomas Kretschmann (Avengers: Age of Ultron) are good paychecks for both.

    While Hitman: Agent 47 is a bad movie, it needed to be worse. I remember little of the movie twenty minutes after leaving the theater, and I need many reminders on the plot writing the review today. A horrible movie is fun to watch; this is just forgettable.


    Liam’s Rating: 2/5 Stars

    Hitman: Agent 47. Directed by Aleksander Bach. Starring Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware and Zachery Quinto. Rated R. 1hr36min. Now Playing at Sayville Cinemas.

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