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Monday, August 24, 2015
I had no expectations going into this movie, so I was prepared to sit back and watch another spy movie in a summer that seems to be filled with spy movies. After seeing Agent 47, I was shocked to see how low the ratings were from critics and audiences on the various sites. This movie has the lowest rating of any movie this summer on Rotten Tomatoes; even lower than Paul Blart 2 and Pixels.

After reading some of the reviews, I started to understand why my opinion of this film was higher than that of other people who had taken the time to write a review. I had no idea there was a Hitman movie released in 2007 that was apparently a horrible film. I have never seen it. I also have never played the video game before, so I had no preconceived notions of the story line. I went into this movie waiting to judge the movie on its own merits and I think that is what helped me to enjoy this film, while others struggled with it.

There are moments in this film when it is beyond frustrating to try and follow. The story jumps around a lot and it often shows us things that make no sense at the time, and make even less sense when we see them again. As with Fantastic Four, this is another movie that sets up an epic battle for the end of the movie that lasts only seconds. When we see Agent 48 emerge from those elevator doors, we are expecting an awesome confrontation and we are disappointed.

The movie is also inconsistent in the powers afforded each character. John Smith (played by Zachary Quinto) is supposed to have some sort of protective armor under his skin, but it appears to make him immortal in ways that it shouldn’t. Agent 47 is supposed to be a mortal human with superior physical and mental powers, yet he is able to shrug off a direct hit from a rather large gun and act like it never happened.

To be honest, there is a lot about this movie that can frustrate the viewer. Things happen and we have no idea why. People are brought into the story with no introduction and we never really understand their true purpose until the movie is nearly over. Then there is the bad CGI on more than one occasion that looks like it was used to cover up some lazy filmmaking. It is frustrating when CGI is used in places where real actors and real props would have been much more effective. You would think that a movie on such a tight budget would have bypassed the expensive CGI and opted for the less expensive techniques, but they did not. Instead, they chose cheap CGI which does ruin parts of the movie.

Still, I found the comedy in this movie to be effective and the story to be interesting. But, once again, lazy filmmaking made parts of the story hard to follow. There were several instances where I was watching the movie and not really understanding what was going on. Sometimes the movie would explain itself, and sometimes it would not. I did not appreciate the choppy nature of the story, but yet it somehow held together.

This is definitely the kind of movie where you turn your brain off and just watch the bad guys get taken down in some really creative ways. You will need to ignore the fact that Agent 47 puts a bullet between the eyes of every bad guy in the movie, except for the one who is outfitted with body armor under his skin. I don’t normally do teasers, but that one bothered me so much I had to bring it up. There are also a few aspects of the ending that were equally as puzzling as, but really no worse than, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Let me warn you that this is NOT a movie for the kids. This is definitely a teenager and older movie as the violence is extremely graphic and prevalent. But this is not a bad spy flick and I did find myself wanting a sequel when it was over. Judging by the last scene of the movie, we will get a sequel if this one does well. Judging by how people are reacting to this movie, it appears that this one is going to have to stand alone.

Rating: 2 out of 5

+George N Root III is a drive-in maniac and loves a good spy flick. Follow him on Twitter @georgenroot3 or send him a message at georgenroot3@gmail.com. Please do not send him a message that will self-destruct in five seconds, he hates that. Follow the conversation for this movie and others at https://www.facebook.com/enpatthedrivein.



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