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Hitman (2007)

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A gun-for-hire known only as Agent 47 hired by a group known only as 'The Organization' is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Russia and Eastern Europe.

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Xavier Gens

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Skip Woods
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Olyphant ... Agent 47
Dougray Scott ... Mike Whittier
Olga Kurylenko ... Nika Boronina
Robert Knepper ... Yuri Marklov
Ulrich Thomsen ... Mikhail Belicoff
Henry Ian Cusick ... Udre Belicoff
Michael Offei Michael Offei ... Jenkins
Christian Erickson Christian Erickson ... General Kormarov
Eriq Ebouaney ... Bwana Ovie
Joe Sheridan ... Captain Gudnayev
James Faulkner ... Smith Jamison
Jean-Marc Bellu Jean-Marc Bellu ... Hitman #2
Nicky Naudé ... Hitman #3 (as Nicky Naude)
Abdou Sagna Abdou Sagna ... Hitman #4
Ilya Nikitenko Ilya Nikitenko ... Hitman #5
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Storyline

A gun-for-hire "Hitman" is a genetically-engineered, elite assassin known only as Agent 47 hired by a group known only as 'The Organization' is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Eastern Europe. But even 47 couldn't anticipate a "random equation" in his life exactitude: the unexpected stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a mysterious Russian woman. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | USA

Release Date:

21 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hitman See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,180,769, 25 November 2007

Gross USA:

$39,687,694

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,276,318
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the scenes where the action is in Russia were in fact shot in Sofia, Bulgaria. For example, the scene where Belicoff is shot by Agent 47 was shot in front of the Ivan Vazov National Theatre. The scenes shot in the train station were shot in the central train station and the scenes at the church at the end were shot at the largest and most famous cathedral in Bulgaria, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. See more »

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When Nika gets whipped with the antenna in the basement, the result would have left scars all over her back, yet later in the film, her back is clear and scar-free. See more »

Quotes

Mike Whittier: Are you going to kill me?
Agent 47: If I was going to kill you, I'd have done it when you walked to your car this morning and been gone by the time your body hit the sidewalk
Mike Whittier: Then why are you here?
Agent 47: To talk. But, Mike, if you make me kill you, you will not go alone. Sit. Are you a good man, Inspector?
Mike Whittier: I think.
Agent 47: And yet you've killed men.
Mike Whittier: Yes.
Agent 47: I'm gonna ask you a question. How you answer it will determine how this night ends. How does a good man decide when to kill?
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Alternate Versions

The Unrated version contains an extra 63 seconds of mostly violence. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Robot Chicken: Some Like It Hitman (2011) See more »

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Written and Performed by Gilberto Candido
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So-so genre film that is nothing to write home about
2 July 2008 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

From childhood Agent 47 was trained and conditioned to kill. As an adult he is one of many hit men working for The Organisation across the world – killing on behalf of unseen clients. However when a successful hit on the Russian president is presented as a near miss, 47 realises that something is up – a realisation only confirmed when the Russian authorities converge on his position. Having dealt with them, Agent 47 goes on the offensive to expose those that have turned against him.

Hit-man got very poor reviews when it came out in the cinemas and this was enough to make me skip it then, but not totally enough when it came to DVD. Seeing it for myself I must say that the majority of critics were being a bit too snotty but mostly did have a point because this is certainly not a very good film. However it is not a terrible one by any means. As many others have said, this is a case of a film not even pretending to do anything other than the genre basics and I cannot imagine many viewers would have come to this not knowing what to expect. In that regard it does just that in all aspects – good and bad, well "so-so" and bad. The action sequences are typical slow-motion, stylised stuff that you have seen countless other places. They are not remarkable but they do provide distraction in how easy they are to watch.

So far so genre but in other areas it doesn't even really do the basics. The plot has potential but the delivery is fudged and the significance or extent is not that well expressed and seemed detached from the action, rather than driving it. Compare and contrast it with the Bourne films and you'll get my meaning because I thought that trilogy did it much better than this film. The dialogue is also poor and at times it does feel like it has been written by a piece of software rather than people. The dialogue also knocks onto the performances. Olyphant is solid enough when asked to be cool and deadly but in scenes where he has to do more he mostly flounders. Scott has more talking to do and at times he sounds like he can barely be bothered to pronounce the words – he is poor from start to finish. Kurylenko has the thankless task of being the "sexy plot device" and is not helped by some terrible dialogue that would have taken some amazing delivery and chemistry to make work – she cannot do the delivery and she cannot break the cold hit-man to produce chemistry. The rest of the cast are so-so but do the basics well enough.

Hit-man is not a rubbish film by any means bur I can understand why many "proper" critics gave it such a kicking. The reason is that it is totally generic in the areas where it should have been strong (the action) and in every other area it is subpar even by the standards of the genre.


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