Hitman: Agent 47 – The good, the bad, the confounding — Action junkies this one’s for you

  • ST. LOUIS — Confusing is the operative word for “Hitman: Agent 47.”From the very beginning, the bad guys become the good guys and the good guys are the bad guys. And the bad guys want the good guys to create more bad guys, but they can already create bad guys, so why are they going after the good guys? Are you confused yet?“Hitman: Agent 47” centers on an elite assassin, “47,” played by Rupert Friend, who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine. He is the culmination of decades of research, 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. The Agent is also after a young woman, Katia (Hannah Ware), who is trying to find her father the scientist who created 47. Zachary Quinto plays “John Smith” another assassin looking for Katia’s father who is in hiding in Singapore. Poor Katia’s father; with everyone looking for him, he doesn’t stand a chance.

    There was so much gratuitous violence, it was mind boggling. I couldn’t count the bodies fast enough as they piled up. The action was quickfire fast and furious. I loved the red Audi they were driving in the requisite car chase. Shots of Singapore were lovely. I would have liked to have seen more of the Singapore skyline.

    The story was by Skip Woods and the screenplay was written by Woods and Michael Finch. Again, the script was sloppy and disjointed. It got better as the story progressed, but the end was just as bewildering as the beginning. I think they were leaving it open-ended for a sequel to follow. Heaven forbid.

    “Hitman: Agent 47” is the first full-length feature film that Aleksander Bach has directed.

    I viewed this Tuesday night at Wehrenberg’s Ronnie’s 20 Cine. Usually I poll the audience to see how they liked the film. There were only eight people in the audience and seven were film critics. We all thought it was confusing in the beginning.

    The husband of one critic said he liked it, but he likes all action movies. Two of the male critics said they were lost in the beginning and never figured it out. They left the theater shaking their heads.

    If you are an action junkie, you may like this movie; otherwise, save your money, there are some good movies coming up in the next few weeks.

    “Hitman: Agent 47” opens Friday at AMC EastGate Showplace 6 and AMC Edwardsville Showplace 12.

    The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at mlcwriter@charter.net.