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Times of India
Katia Van Dees (Ware) has been on the run almost all her life. Her mother was killed when she was just a little girl and her father abandoned her, seemingly in a bid to let her live, even as he had his own dangerous secrets regarding his work, hidden from the world. Now, as an adult, Katia tries to find her dad. Helping her - but not without his own agenda - is Agent 47 (Friend) a deadly assassin.
If you are familiar with the Hitman video game series, you'll have no trouble recognizing the titular character of this film by his attire - Italian wool black suit and crimson tie. He, along with many others like him are the product of a super-secret genetic experiment which involved modifying a section of a person's DNA in order to enhance - as well as subdue - certain qualities. The resultant effect would imbue the modified 'person' with almost superhuman powers. Agent 47 knows no fear, feels no love, nor does he tolerate idiots or idiotic questions. Nothing and nobody messes with his given objective. In this case, his objective involves helping Katia find her father, an important figure who a group known as the Syndicate, headed by LeClerq (Kretschmann), want to capture and question.
The action takes place between Salzburg, Berlin and Singapore along with fairly well-executed crash-boom-bang sequences in all those respective cities. Early on in the film, we get a clue that Katia has a knack of getting out of difficult situations with a sort of enhanced sixth sense that always comes to her rescue, forewarning her about potential harm.
Zachary Quinto's character is a genetically superior version of Agent 47. He is also on the run from 47, initially. While the film lacks warmth, there's plenty of Euro-camp action here. Police cars emblazoned with 'Polizei' in car chases down narrow streets and more gunfights than dialogues. The action is slick and indeed, very stylish. Don't expect much from the script; you don't watch a movie like Hitman while expecting Shakespearian prose delivered as shots are fired. Get your action fix here.
There is a direct reference to the video game franchise made in one brief scene where a yellow rubber duck is seen floating in a bathtub along with a partially submerged toaster.
Paul Walker was the first choice to play the lead.
Rupert Friend had hurt himself during a shooting scene in the movie.
The tactical unit members wore Dye I3 paintball masks.
Geneticist Dr. Peter Litvenko (Ciaran Hinds) was the lead scientist of a secret bioengineering program designed to manufacture "perfect" assassins with unprecedented strength, speed, agility, stamina, and intelligence. These assassins, known as "Agents" are unable to feel guilt, remorse, or fear of their actions. Litvenko, having a crisis of conscience, eventually sees the danger of creating genetically engineered killing machines, and disappears, leaving behind his young daughter, Katia. Many agencies and organizations tried over the years to replicate the Agent Program, yet all had failed. A corporation known as Syndicate International determines that the only way to truly replicate the program is to find Litvenko. Syndicate member Dr. Delriego is on the brink of locating Litvenko when he and his security detail are attacked and killed by Agent 47 (Rupert Friend), tasked with stopping the Syndicate from getting their hands on Litvenko by the ICA (International Contracts Agency). 47 is contacted by his handler Diana (Angelababy), who informs him of two new kill orders to fulfill.
A now adult Katia (Hannah Ware) lives in Berlin. She works tirelessly to find her father, and is plagued by overwhelming anxiety and an acute awareness of everything around her, even being able to see and hear things well outside a person's normal sensory radius. Katia is approached at a subway station by a man calling himself John Smith (Zachary Quinto). He tells her that 47 is on his way to kill her, and offers her protection, while alluding that he has information about her father. 47 finds and attacks the pair, who are able to escape, but not before 47 grazes Katia's arm with a sniper bullet. Smith and Katia hide out in a hotel room where Katia shows him her map of clues to finding her father. Katia asks John to tell her whatever he knows about her father. John responds with Litvenko's age , medical condition (arthritis rheumatoid) and that he speaks several different languages - including Tamil which is quite unusual. And also that he has stage 3 lung cancer. With these facts , Katia figures out that her dad would be living in a country which has a warm climate where orchids can grow , has Tamil as one of its official languages and with advanced medical treatments available. Just as she is about to determine the country , 47 bursts through the door, shoots Smith in the chest, and knocks Katia unconscious. Elsewhere, Diana contacts another Agent about a contract.
Once Katia awakens, 47 explains to her that they are part of the same program, only Katia is more advanced than even 47 himself (he even explains that her real name is "quatre-vingt-dix"; which is French for "90"). He shows her how to use her heightened senses in combat, as the two fight against Syndicate forces. They are confronted by Smith, who reveals to have a genetically engineered internal body armor, allowing him to have survived being shot by 47. Despite all these, Katia is not all pleased for being chosen to be a killing machine. Smith demands to know Litvenko's location. After a brief fight, 47 and Katia manage to escape. Katia makes 47 promise that he won't harm her father and finally reveal's Litvenko's location Singapore.
Once there, they find Litvenko, who frequently needs an inhaler to breathe. He apologizes to Katia for abandoning her, saying that he only wanted to keep her safe. He refers to 47 as her "brother", saying that he had left her with family after all. Just then, Syndicate soldiers attack the group and they are forced to flee. During the escape, Litvenko is captured by the Syndicate but not before being slipped an explosive-rigged inhaler by 47.
At Syndicate International headquarters, Smith tortures Litvenko under the supervision of Syndicate director Antoine LeClerq (Thomas Kretschmann). Litvenko still refuses to reopen the Agent program. While Katia crashes a helicopter into the building, 47 infiltrates the headquarters disguised as a firefighter. The two fight their way through Syndicate security forces, and 47 is once again confronted by Smith. With Smith being impervious to bullets, 47 defeats Smith by electrocuting him. On the rooftop, 47 and Katia fight their way through the last of the Syndicate's security, but not before LeClerq escapes in a helicopter with Litvenko. In mid-air, Litvenko detonates the inhaler given to him by 47, ensuring that the Syndicate will not come after Katia. 47 then calls Diana and confirms his first target (LeClerq) has been eliminated. When Diana asks about the second target (Katia), 47 drops his phone off the side of the building. As the two prepare to leave, they are confronted by Agent 48, who tells them "Diana says 'Hello'" before a gun battle begins between them.
A mid-credits scene shows the electrocuted body of Smith, now with white hair and a ghostly pale complexion, as he jolts awake.
Agent 47 is one bad dude! Even though I had not seen most of the actors before, I thoroughly enjoyed the fast moving action, special effects and graphics. I was on the edge of my seat the entire movie. The stunts in this film were among the best I''ve ever seen.
This is only an action movie: a good bunch of action scenes and essentially a mindless fun. However, no character development or an explanation who, why, where, when and so on.. The filming and clarity of the audio was also excellent. I sure hope there will be some sequels, I want more. And I really think that Zachary Quinto may have found a new calling