Movie Review: Hitman: Agent 47

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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.

– Written by 20th Century Fox (Retrieved from imdb.com)

I absolutely loved this movie. Now I’m aware that most people didn’t, because they were basing it off the video game or just wrote it off as just another pointless action movie. However, I am going to explain why I enjoyed this movie. (May contain spoilers)

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  1. Audi

I don’t know what it is, but I just love Audi. Kind of my dream car.

  1. Humour

Despite being an action movie, I always love the little bits of humour placed throughout the film. It’s mostly witty and usually a little cheesy, but that’s the way I like it. One of my favourite lines, mostly because it was so out of character, was when 47 checked the closet for moths when he puts his coat away, claiming “its Italian wool” and he “loves it”. Now most people might not find this funny, but because of the type of character 47 is you don’t expect him to be attached to a simple materialistic thing like a coat.

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  1. Katia

I really liked Katia’s character because she had anxiety and a weakness, but it didn’t stop her from being very strong and intelligent. Most critics say her character had inconsistencies, she was supposed to be better than 47, but constantly needs to be saved. I disagree with this for a few reasons.

1: She was taking medication that I think prevented her abilities from being fully functional.

2: She still had all of her emotions; those weren’t programmed out, from my understanding. The difference between these two characters is that 47 is an assassin who is always very calm and collected, Katia may supposed to be like that, but she isn’t because her emotions distract her. There are a few scenes in which I noticed she was like 47, but as soon as that scene ended and her emotions started to show, her abilities didn’t work as well because they weren’t at the front of her mind.

3: She has never used her abilities other than for running and hiding. Throughout the movie 47 keeps testing her and letting her make the decisions, I think this is a sign that 47 recognizes Katia hasn’t figured out how to use her abilities properly and is therefore teaching her.

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  1. Agent 47

Agent 47 is a very strong-minded individual, very capable and very aware of his surroundings. And honestly reminded me of well…me. Lacks emotion, very controlled in his behavior, intelligent.

It always surprises me how easy it is for me to recognize other INTJ characters in fiction (INTJ is explained in my earlier post which can be found here and here). And I was glad for once that he was a good guy because so often INTJ’s are the villain. The other thing I really liked about this character is that he didn’t completely leave Katia in the dark; he tried to train her and let her make some of the decisions.

Agent 47 is a very complex character that shows he does care to a certain extent for Katia, but like the usual INTJ will never show it. And that little bit of emotion I think gives him the upper hand, because he’s not supposed to feel anything, and that’s what the bad guys always expect from him.

I also like the way he fights, he didn’t allow for any distraction and stayed focused, but at the same time you could tell he was constantly thinking and analyzing his surroundings to use to his advantage. It was a very well written character.

Anyway, I will leave you with a rather profound quote from the movie. I think it really captures 47’s character.

“An Agent’s advantage is not his body, John Smith. It’s his mind.” -Litvenko

-Brittany

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