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Hitman: Agent 47 

An action flick adapted from the videogame series has trouble shaking its roots

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Even for viewers who aren’t familiar with the Hitman video-game series, the basis for Aleksander Bach’s new film sounds intriguing. An evil organization is trying to revive a scientific program that created genetically engineered assassins, and the progeny of that original program are tasked with making sure that doesn’t happen. Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto play dueling assassins with a common goal: finding a girl (Hannah Ware) who might hold the key to genetic modification, and getting her to trust them. It’s hard to say whether the film would be any more enjoyable for fans of the video games, but for franchise noobs it’s sometimes difficult to follow. Even the structure of the film feels like a video game, complete with a final boss mission. And at one point, it’s almost like Ware’s character is going through a video-game introduction tutorial. But it’s still an action thriller, which means there are explosions, fast cars, guns and carefully choreographed fight scenes.



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