So this past Friday (August 21) the new Hitman movie came out in theaters. If you’re not familiar with the video game series it is based on I might recommend looking in to the games first because, while the movie does explore some of the history of the character it might help to get some more background before going in to it. Though, if you just enjoy action movies then you may like this too.
The thing is that I’ve only really played the most recent Hitman game that came out, Absolution. I know the backstory, but I really went to see it because it looked like it would have elements of the game that I enjoyed. Now I wouldn’t say that it totally lives up to that, but it throws nods to the gameplay style that I knew. The problem is that they pretty much show all of that in the trailer for the movie.
A lot of critics are not giving glowing reviews either, but I think those should always be taken as opinion. I almost didn’t see it because of the reviews but decided to go ahead and see it. The best way I can describe it would be “John Wick-esq” in that a large portion of the movie involves Agent 47 doing fancy shooting. The story itself is a bit predictable, but I really didn’t go in to this expecting an oscar worthy script, and neither should you.
A lot of critics point out the stiff acting by the main male lead, which I was concerned with. But after seeing the movie, and having played the games I think that the actor did a good job playing a character who is not supposed to have emotions. If you pay attention to the subtleties in his lines and in his expressions is where you see that there is more too the character. I think a lot of people just focus on the spoken words, and not the small things like that.
I won’t say the movie is perfect, and it probably isn’t for everyone. Go in to it knowing what you’re going to see and just go to have a good time. I’m also purposefully not talking about the plot because it’s hard to talk about it without giving anything away. I would say watch the trailer, but don’t read any descriptions of the plot before you see it. Most of the big things will come out early in the film, but you can get a good sense of the movie from the trailer.
I would say my only negative experience in the whole movie was the group of ladies sitting behind me that would not shut up for the entire 97 minutes of the movie.