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Film Review: Hitman Agent 47

31 August 2015 12:53 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★☆☆☆☆ The second adaptation of the successful video game series, Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) is no good whatsoever. Everything about it feels tired and half-hearted, as if it exists purely for the studio to hold onto the rights and make as much money as possible with minimal effort. Living on the fringes of society, Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) is a hired assassin - a killing machine with no moral compass. His latest assignment is to track down Dr Litvenko (Ciaran Hinds), the man responsible for engineering the program that bore him. With the CIA and shady organisation 'The Syndicate' on his tail with plans to militarise the tech, he's forced to rely on Dr Litvenko's daughter Katia van Dees (Hannah Ware) for help.

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- CineVue UK

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Hitman: Agent 47 review – another game that doesn’t translate to the big screen

29 August 2015 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Too much action and a senseless plot are the ingredients for a classic console-to-silver-screen turkey

Will a video game ever spawn a half-decent movie? Fingers are firmly crossed for Duncan Jones’s forthcoming Warcraft, but in the meantime this big-screen reboot of the Hitman series merely reminds us that in this genre Mortal Kombat and Silent Hill remain unremarkable high-water marks. Rupert Friend is the not-very-threatening eponymous bald man in a dodgy suit, born and bred to kill without conscience; Hannah Ware is the not-very-interesting heroine who must unravel the labyrinthine plot, which sees people constantly attempting to kill or kidnap her. That none of it makes any sense is not a problem, but the failure to raise the temperature despite endless shootouts, punch-ups, car chases et al is a fatal flaw. Zachary Quinto does some tight-jawed scenery chewing in the early stages and Ciarán Hinds keeps a straight face »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Hitman Agent 47 review: “Dull, unsatisfying and pointless”

28 August 2015 10:35 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Hitman Agent 47 review: A pointless addition to a movie series that shouldn’t have been revived. Dull and drab from the off. Hitman Agent 47 review

The Hitman video game series was created in the year 2000 by Danish company Io Interactive. Since its conception there have been eight different games released on various platforms, a bunch of Hitman novels and that memorable first film adaptation in 2007, which saw Timothy Olyphant in the lead role, alongside Olga Kurylenko and Dougray Scott. The film got a critical mauling but did well in terms of dollars taken around the world, and more than doubled its initial budget.

Fast-forward to 2015 and 20th Century Fox decided to give us another movie. Hitman: Agent 47 revolves around the same assassin, though is this time Rupert Friend appearing with the shaved cranium with a bar code tattooed on his bonce. His mission this time is to take down »

- Paul Heath

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Second Opinion – Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

28 August 2015 8:13 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hitman: Agent 47, 2015.

Directed by Aleksander Bach.

Starring Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Thomas Kretschmann, Ciaran Hinds and Zachary Quinto.

Synopsis:

An Assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.

The mark of a good video game adaptation isn’t necessarily due to faithfulness to the source material, but using the characters found within to carve out a worthy slice of entertainment. That’s why when I initially saw the trailer for Hitman: Agent 47, featuring the titular Agent 47 straight-up using his Silver Ballers to rack up a body count instead of, you know, being a silent assassin as intended by the developers of the game franchise, I still held out hope that on some level it could potentially be a fun check your brain at the door action adventure flick.

And in some ways that goal is accomplished; there »

- Robert Kojder

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Aleksander Bach and Adrian Askarieh talk Hitman: Agent 47 and video game movies

27 August 2015 7:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth Podcast picks up a controller…

Out in UK cinemas today, Flickering Myth Podcaster Scott Davis caught up with Hitman: Agent 47 director Aleksander Bach and Flickering Myth Deputy editor Luke Owen sat down with its producer Adrian Askarieh to talk about the film, video game movies and the chances of a sequel.

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See Also: Read our review of Hitman: Agent 47

See Also: There’s a fight in a hotel room in this new clip from Hitman: Agent 47

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 »

- Luke Owen

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Critics Less Than Kind to Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Hamlet' in London

26 August 2015 2:16 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Finally director Lyndsey Turner's experimental dressing-up of "Hamlet" at London's Barbican Theatre has arrived, after previews several weeks ago were plagued by photo-snapping Cumberbitches, and at least two London newspapers breaking review embargo. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Anastasia Hille, Sian Brooke, Leo Bill, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and Jim Norton, and running through October 31, the production, according to Nyt, is but "avant-garde window dressing" with an intense but uneven performance from Cumberbatch, and too many literal visual interpretations of the Shakespeare text. The Guardian comes down especially hard on the play. But the stateside trades, however, are more kind. Herewith a smattering of reviews: The New York Times Why, for instance, after Hamlet announces he is going to put on “an antic disposition” (that is, feign madness), does he rummage through a trunk with his ditsy girlfriend, Ophelia (Sian Brooke), in search of a »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Hitman Agent 47 review: Game over. Another video game adaptation bites the dust

26 August 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

By now it's pretty much a done thing to walk into any movie based on a video game with rock-bottom hopes.

Hitman: Agent 47 delivers on those expectations, half-heartedly rebooting a franchise that didn't need to be revived in the first place (Timothy Olyphant's version came and went in 2007).

This time around Homeland's Rupert Friend gets a shaven head and barcode tattoo to play the eponymous assassin, who's tasked with tracking down the elusive Katia van Dees (Hannah Ware), a woman whose long-lost father holds the key to the genetic enhancement 'Agent' programme.

Hot on their heels is Zachary Quinto's John Smith, an agent for a shady organisation (dubbed Syndicate International and headed up by Thomas Kretschmann's Le Clerq) looking to get their hands on the Agent tech for their own nefarious gain.

Bullets and blood spray thick and fast across Hitman's slender 98 minutes, meaning »

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7 reasons Benedict Cumberbatch shouldn't fear the mixed reviews of Hamlet

26 August 2015 12:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Updated: Read the critics' verdicts on Benedict Cumberbatch's radical reinvention of Hamlet, post-press night

As Shakespeare himself might have exclaimed: "Huzzah!" Thanks to the presence of a certain film and TV megastar, the Barbican's latest production of Hamlet has eclipsed everything else in Theatreland ever since it was first announced back in March 2014.

And don't worry: despite a mixed response from the critics on - and before - press night, Digital Spy can confirm it's both extraordinary and unmissable. But more importantly, with Benedict Cumberbatch in it, along with elements linked to Game of Thrones and even The X Factor, it might just be the most DS-ish cultural event this year, seemingly laser-targeted to excite you. And here's why:

1. Benedict Cumberbatch is ace in it

Just in case you hadn't heard, Britain's foremost TV & film star is playing Hamlet himself - and whether you're a drooling fan or mere interested observer, »

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Friend's 'Hitman,' Eisenberg-Stewart 'Ultra' Bomb: Weekend Box Office Estimates

22 August 2015 8:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Sinister 2' poster. 'American Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'Sinister 2': Weekend box office bombs American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47, and Sinister 2 are the new entries at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 21-23, '15. All three of them are expected to underperform – with American Ultra having a particularly disastrous bow, especially for a movie starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and former Twilight star Kristen Stewart. Whether you blame it on a glut of movies targeting the same audience, a lack of major box office draws, or poor reviews, only one of the debutantes is expected to score more than $10 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters by Sunday evening. 'Sinister 2' According to early estimates found at Deadline.com, Ciarán Foy's Sinister 2 will lead the pack of newcomers with »

- Zac Gille

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New Hitman Agent 47 Movie Received Mostly Negative Reviews From Major Critics

21 August 2015 12:52 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

20th Century Fox released their new action movie, "Hitman: Agent 47," into theaters today, August 21st, 2015, and all the reviews have been turned in from the top, major movie critics. It turns out that most of them weren't too fond of it at all, giving it just an overall 29 score out of a possible 100 at the Metacritic.com. The film stars: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran Hinds and Thomas Kretschmann. We've added blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Kyle Anderson over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a weak 58 grade, stating: "In this post-"Mad Max: Fury Road" action movie age, “occasionally bonkers” just doesn’t cut it anymore." Stephen Farber from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 40 grade, stating: "After a while, you give up trying to make sense of the plot and sit there gaping at the car crashes, fight scenes, and shootings. The problem »

- Chris

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, August 21; What Will You See?

21 August 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 21. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide American Ultra Director: Nima Nourizadeh Cast: Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Walton Goggins, Teri Wyble, Connie Britton, Michael Papajohn, Monique Ganderton, Lavell Crawford, Nash Edgerton Synopsis: "A stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out." Criticwire Grade Average: C (4 reviews) Hitman: Agent 47 Director: Aleksander Bach Cast: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware, Emilio Rivera, Rolf Kanies, Thomas Kretschmann, Dan Bakkedahl, Ciarán Hinds, Mona Pirzad, Prince William E. Morris, Michaela Caspar, Jerry Hoffmann Synopsis: "An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the »

- Steve Greene

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Hitman: Agent 47 | Review

21 August 2015 7:10 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hanna and Her Sisters: The Art of the Persistently Insipid Video Game Reboot

A tip of the hat to 20th Century Fox as they valiantly try to re-launch their failed video-game based franchise with a new chapter of risible artifice, Hitman: Agent 47, which follows the 2007 film Hitman. Recapitulated for a ‘new generation,’ or so it constantly confirms for us, perhaps it would have been beneficial to hire someone other than returning screenwriter Skip Woods for the treatment (who went on to pen franchise material like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The A-Team, and A Good Day to Die Hard). Staunchly uninterested in providing even one moment of logical comprehension or stage anything resembling an original concept, this derivative slog of action sequences and B-movie tropes tiredly goes through the motions of narrative filmmaking but never quite reveals what the point seems to be.

Jumping immediately into a curdled stew of conventional Cold War espionage, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Hitman: Agent 47 – The Review

20 August 2015 5:51 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Review by Dana Jung

Back in 2007 (a long time ago in movie dog years), Hitman was a modestly successful adaptation of yet another video game. Starring Timothy Olyphant (later headlining the acclaimed TV series Justified) as the mysterious Agent 47 and future Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, the original Hitman was an exciting if mindless little action movie that for the most part stayed true to the spirit of the game. Now we have the sequel/reboot Hitman: Agent 47 with another look at the assassination game.

Rupert Friend (Young Victoria, TVs Homeland) takes on the role of Agent 47, an emotionless killing machine that we learn in the pre-credits sequence has been bio-engineered to be the perfect soldier as part of the Agent Program. At some point, certain factions in the Agent Program broke away from the pre-destined life that the corporations and governments had in store for them. Now Agent 47 is »

- Movie Geeks

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Watch Rupert Friend in a thrilling car chase from Hitman: Agent 47

20 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Rupert Friend gets behind the wheel in the latest high-octane clip from Hitman: Agent 47.

The shaven-headed assassin goes on the run with Katia van Dees (Hannah Ware), evading Zachary Quinto's villain and his team of machine gun-wielding motorcyclists.

Rebooting the franchise after the Timothy Olyphant-led 2007 offering, the new Hitman finds Friend's killer on the run with Katia in a bid to help her find her father and uncover the mystery surrounding her ancestry.

Star Trek's Quinto portrays the villainous International Contracts Agency boss known simply as John Smith, while Thomas Kretschmann and Ciarán Hinds are among the supporting cast.

Catch Hitman: Agent 47 in Us cinemas from August 21 and August 27 in the UK. »

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Ready Player One: All your favourite video game movies in one supercut

20 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Inspired by console, computer, or arcade games, movies like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Wreck It Ralph, and the Resident Evil franchise take us into the often unrealistic world of gaming, where double-sided axes are as popular as iPhones, dinosaurs are totally real, and Michael Cera is an action hero.

This weekend, Rupert Friend (Pride and Prejudice), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Into Darkness), and Ciarán Hinds ("Game of Thrones," but also, like, everything) enter into the video game 'verse with Hitman: Agent 47

To celebrate all things pixel-related, we threw together a supercut of some of our favourite video game movies. Watch the video below, and you’ll gain 43Xp, 87Hp, and the irresistible urge to run straight home and kill some Resident Evil zombies.

Continue? 10, 9, 8…

 

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- Sasha James

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Movie Review – Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

20 August 2015 5:34 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hitman: Agent 47, 2015.

Directed by Aleksander Bach.

Starring Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Thomas Kretschmann, Ciaran Hinds and Zachary Quinto.

Synopsis:

An Assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.

2015 hasn’t worked out quite as planned for 20th Century Fox thus far, with the last few weeks in particular arguably some of the hardest the mighty studio has faced in recent times. Whatever happened on Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four remains mostly a secret, but the experience on their newest comic-book reboot can’t have been a happy camp for all involved, and so goes perhaps their final big box-office bonanza of the summer. But onwards and upwards is the name of the game, and on the heels on that reboot comes another, in the form of video-game adaptation Hitman. Can it find provided some much-needed respite from the ‘doom’ and gloom? »

- Scott J. Davis

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Hitman: Agent 47 Review

19 August 2015 5:28 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Don’t let the derivative title fool you: Hitman: Agent 47 isn’t the forty-seventh movie about assassins, special operatives, and human weapons to be released in 2015 – it just feels like it is. We’ve had TV revivals, sends-ups, spoofs, and sequels aplenty in the espionage field these last eight months, and most have been satisfying distractions. November’s new Bond movie could be the corker ending to a year defined by a spycraft obsession, or be the one martini too many that tips audiences into a genre hangover. Compared to these world-renowned agents affecting the box office balance of power, the disposable Hitman: Agent 47 is just a gun for hire: it enters and exits the screen unnoticed, leaving no trace of its existence except the 96 minutes of your time it just killed.

There’s a calculated logic to 20th Century Fox signing another contract under the “Hitman” name: »

- Sam Woolf

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Film Review: ‘Hitman: Agent 47’

19 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

During a rare moment of quiet amid the glass-smashing, brain-bashing mayhem of “Hitman: Agent 47,” a character offers the wise observation that we are all a bit more complicated than our internal circuitry might suggest. Applying this logic to the movie itself, it’s fair to conclude that while Aleksander Bach’s directing debut is indeed the junky, incoherent shoot-’em-up we feared it might be, to dismiss it as just another late-August studio craptacular doesn’t quite do it justice. But what to call it, exactly? The 47th best action film of 2015? A feature-length Audi commercial, or a promo reel for the Singapore Tourism Board? The most unnecessary artistic contribution ever made by someone named Bach? Fox is surely hoping that “surprise box office hit” might be a plausible alternative, though the best one will likely be able to say on that front is that where disastrous franchise relaunches are concerned, »

- Justin Chang

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New poster for Hitman: Agent 47

18 August 2015 9:28 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its U.S. release this Friday, 20th Century Fox has debuted another poster for the video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47, which we have for you here…

See Also: New clip and featurette from Hitman: Agent 47

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 »

- Gary Collinson

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"Hitman: Agent 47" Credits Tease Villain

17 August 2015 12:53 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The latest attempt at turning a video game into film hits this week as the reboot of the "Hitman" franchise, Aleksander Bach's action-thriller "Hitman: Agent 47," hits cinemas.

Like many a potential franchise launcher (or in this case re-launcher), this one sows the seeds for a potential sequel. Screen Rant reports that after the film's end credits there's an extra scene featuring an antagonist from the video games who could appear in a follow-up film.

The character from 2006's "Hitman: Blood Money" is that of Mark Parchezzi III, aka. The Albino. The scene reportedly also features an actor in the role but it's not known who it is.

Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware, Ciaran Hinds, and Thomas Kretschmann star in "Hitman: Agent 47" which opens August 21st. »

- Garth Franklin

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