Any fan of the spy / action genre will absolutely love Hitman starring the understated action hero Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47. Olyphant, the former star of the HBO hit Deadwood, nails his cold and calculating roll delivering a convincing performance of a man who is practically a machine when it comes to fulfilling a contract. If that was all there was to Hitman then there wouldn’t be much of a story so naturally there is more to it than simply fulfilling hits.
Agent 47 is being pursued by Mike Whittier (Dougray Scott) an agent from Interpol who has been tracking Agent 47 with a mixture of admiration and policeman’s desire to catch the bad guy: He is getting close. At the heart of it Hitman is not a story about a hitman it is a story about betrayal and revenge in a super secret organization that takes contracts from anyone to kill anyone. If you think of Murder Incorporated on an international pseudo religious level then you are getting the idea of “The Organization”. Called upon to hit a political figure (a task which 47 accomplishes with a shot from 4 kilometers away – the longest verified kill shot in military history is 2.43 kilometers so that should give you an idea of how good 47 is supposed to be).
The double cross that starts all the best action in the movie takes place immediately after 47 completes his assignment and isn’t paid based on the fact that the man he just shot is on television apparently having survived the assassination attempt. Hitman delivers on all fronts for fans of the game and while the plot may be a little thin by mainstream movie standards but mainstream movie fans will probably not be picking up this movie anyway. Hitman plays well to its intended audience: Gamers and men who like a lot of action, enough story to string it together and decent performances from the protagonist and antagonist. Ultimately this is a hit and ends with a promise of more to come
The DVD/Blu-Ray release from Fox comes with standard extras. The gag reel is passable but nothing special, the background piece on the guns and ordinance used in the movie is superb as are the interviews with the cast and crew about how they see the movie and the game.