Hit or Miss

August 4, 2015

Hitman: Agent 47: Hit or Miss?


Hitman: Agent 47 hits theatres soon (August 27th) but I’m not exactly hearing much about it; aside from the odd trailer it doesn’t seem to be generating much buzz.

The previous Hitman movie starring Timothy Olyphant was widely derided by fans of the original videogame and wasn’t a huge box office hit so it will be interesting to see how this reboot fares.

ADI predicted that “San Andreas,” “Hitman Agent 47,” “Hot Pursuit,” and “Aloha” were trending towards being domestically unprofitable.



They were wrong about San Andreas which has so far been a pretty big hit with $152 million domestically and over $461,383,503 internationally, however the other movies did indeed sink at the box office.

This doesn’t bode well for the Hitman reboot which stars Rupert Friend as Agent 47 and Zachary Quinto as the mysterious John Smith.

Quinto talked about the movie a while back where he discussed how audience expectations have changed since the 2009 original Hitman movie: he said “It’s eight years on since they made [the first] movie. I think technology and cinematography have evolved in a lot of ways, I think it’s very different visually. There’s a scale to this movie and a dynamic to it, there’s a sleekness to it, that I think separates it a little bit form that previous film. But again, times are different, and appetites have changed, and people have higher expectations for visual effects and special effects – and I think that’s what this movie is based in, it’s what we’re trying to pursue, at the same time as trying to be something rooted in character and the dynamics of those relationships.

The plot is as follows: HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research ­ and forty-six earlier Agent clones — endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47’s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.

Rupert Friend pretty much looks the part and his voice sounds nearly like his videogame counterpart, although I’ve heard several people say he doesn’t quite look mature enough to play the silent killer with years of experience.

I’m not sure about that as he looks pretty badass from the trailers; my favourite moments are the interrogation scene where he steals that line from Watchmen about being “stuck in here with me” except that he adds “you brought me my weapon” and proceeds to kick lots of ass and escape.

The other cool scene is an action sequence involving what looks like a SWAT team using zip lines in the city streets; it’s impressive looking and something we haven’t seen too often. We also get to see some garrotting in the newer trailer which is straight out of the game.

There is sadly some rather crap looking CG in places including the helicopter crash which looks really out of place and ruined the end of the trailer for me but the rest of it looks alright so far.

In its favour, fans will be curious to check out the film so it will already have the inbuilt fanbase. Like I said, the action looks pretty decent for the most part so that might attract people as well. It also comes out in August when box office season has wound down so there won’t be much else around then. The movie is well timed because there is a new Hitman game in the works with the original title of… Hitman so there will at least be that buzz surrounding the movie.

The negatives are a lack of any major stars to promote it and the fact that the last Hitman movie is still fresh in people’s memories. The rather iffy special effects towards the end of the trailer ruin the otherwise solid action sequences. This may seem like an odd thing to say but the action looks maybe too big in this; I always found the Hitman video games to be more about stealth but I suppose cinematically it wouldn’t be quite as interesting.

A user on IMDB with the name commercialaviation101 predicts the domestic box office to be about $45 million with the international figures approximately $115 million; that sounds pretty accurate so the question is will it be a hit or miss?

I can’t seem to find details on what the budget is for this movie but the first one was $30 million but this looks larger in scale so it’s maybe $40-50 million. If it only makes $40 million domestically then that will definitely be considered a miss but it could still surprise us. Will you be going to see it?

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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.



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