Hitman is a 2007 action film based on the video game of the same name. It was directed by Xavier Gens.In it, Agent 47 is a genetically engineered hitman who works for "the Agency." After assassinating a public official, 47 becomes ensnared in a political conspiracy. He finds himself pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military. The film stars Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott, and OlgaKurylenko. A sequel, under the working title of Hitman 2, is currently in pre-production.The film received generally negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 14% of critics gave the film a positive rating, based on 98 reviews, with an average score of 3.7/10. Metacritic gave the film a metascore of 35 based on 22 reviews. The most common complaints are a lacking, often confusing plot, dry acting and extreme violence. However, film critic Roger Ebert gave it three stars out of four, saying "Hitman stands right on the threshold between video games and art. On the wrong side of the threshold, but still, give it credit".
Armor Is Useless: When the Russian military makes its move on 47 in his hotel room, some are killed by traps and many others are taken out by just his pistols.
Almost Kiss: After 47 has killed the man he's going to impersonate later and taken Nika back to their hotel, Nika, who is pretty drunk, begins to seduce 47, going as far as undoing his pants and straddling him topless on the bed. Just when they get close enough to kiss, 47 jabs her in the neck with a sedative.
Asexuality: 47 is not very social. Comes with the territory of being trained as a child to be a perfect killer. As evident by his almost kiss with Nika.
Alternate Continuity: 47's origins as a clone are replaced with him being an orphan raised with other children to be perfect assassins.
Assassin Outclassin': The duel on the train seems to share elements of this as the other Agents are there to kill 47 but also seem to fight each other.
Badass Boast: 47 delivers one in the opening to Mike Whittier.
Agent 47: If I was going to kill you, I'd have done it when you walked to your car this morning and been gone by the time your body hit the sidewalk. But, right now, all you can think about is your family. And this is making you desperate. Desperate men do stupid things. Without the suppressor, this weapon will sound like a Howitzer going off in here. And... I don't leave witnesses.
Bad Habits: The Agent at the climax is wearing a monk's robe when he attacks 47.
Batman Gambit: 47 has Interpol agent Mike Whittier arrest him after the climax, because he knew that he had jurisdiction, and made a deal earlier on with Agent Smith to allow for his escape shortly thereafter.
The Chessmaster: 47 allegedly turns out to have been this from the moment his first hotel was raided, according to Mike.
Critical Research Failure: In-universe example. When 47 meets Udre Belicoff as a "weapons buyer", Udre misidentifies pretty much every gun he offers. For example, he refers to an M4A1 with M203 Underbarrel Grenade Launcher as "an M203 with an Underbarrel Grenade Lancher." 47 actually points this out as evidence of how clueless Udre really is.
Similarly, the military officers gathered towards the climax to capture 47 all wear uniforms of the Bulgarian Army, not that of Russia. Additionally, their commandos wear shoulder patches with the letters "МДВ"—the wrong order for the acronym for the Russian Internal Affairs Ministry ("МВД")
Deadpan Snarker: Everything 47 says is in monotone but he gets a few moments of fun.
Nika even more so.
Nika: [looking at a magazine ad] Why would you need luggage like this?
Agent 47: Because that suitcase perfectly holds my Blaser Sniper Rifle, two .45s and a gag for irritating, talkative little girls like yourself. You want me to stop and get it out?
Nika: I don't know - you think we have time for foreplay?
Subverted the first time as he was noticing her scars from her past abuse.
Defrosting Ice King: Spending time with Nika, hearing her stories, and watching her cry repeatedly allows 47 to change into someone more relatable by the end of the film, to the point that he has apparently decided to protect her as long as the Agency continues to send other Agents to eliminate her.
Downer Ending: The alternate ending: It seems like 47 is going to protect Nika as long as the Agency keeps hunting her as he looks on her with the rifle of the dead agent, then suddenly another agent kills her with a drive-by.
The Dulcinea Effect: 47 contemplates killing Nika, as she is an expendable liability who has seen his face and even accidentally interfered with his mission, but by the end he decides to become her watchful protector.
Evil Versus Evil: An assassin trained since childhood vs. a corrupt government official.
Executive Meddling: The infamous "train duel" scene was filmed in a rush after the director was fired over creative differences. Also, in the near-final script, Agent Markov is revealed to be the Big Bad who wants to replace the President-to-be with an Evil Doppelganger loyal to him, 47 is chased by Spetsnaz (not the other clones) and the whole Evil Plan is foiled by Mike (who recorded Markov's Engineered Public Confession after slipping one of 47's spy microphones under the collar of his coat and gave the tape to a Russian general) and 47 (who manipulates Markov into ordering his Dragon to shoot the President during Udre's funeral and blows him up anyway).
Expy: The Spetsnaz soldiers seen in the hotel sequence look an awful lot like Kerberos.
The Faceless: Diana makes it from the game as just a voice on the phone. Early she is a computer-synthesized voice from a computer. Later she actually calls 47 with her natural voice to help demonstrate her sincere desire to help 47.
Fanservice: For all the film's flaws, it's a welcome experience to see Olga Kurylenko strutting topless on multiple occasions.
Full-Frontal Assault: It is a flashback showing the incredible abuse that Nika suffered under the ownership of Belicoff.
Here We Go Again: It seems that the Agency won't stop hunting Nika anytime soon, as the final shot shows 47 watching over her with a sniper rifle, and cuts back to show the corpse of another Agent, and 47's final line.
Agent 47: I told you to leave her alone. You should've listened.
Lampshade Hanging: When 47 is informed that the assassination is being changed to public and messy, he states "That's not my usual style," referencing the games more subtle approach to murder.
Purgative Prank: 47 covertly drugs his impersonation mark's drink to send him to the bathroom to be dispatched.
Magic Plastic Surgery: A token effort is made to justify this when the recipient complains of very painful surgery to alter bone structure, in addition to the regular cosmetic changes.
A Match Made in Stockholm: 47 initially kidnaps Nika, stuffs her in the trunk with a dead body, drives across Russia with her in there, pulls her out of a restaurant by her hair, and threatens to torture and kill her. She seems strangely attracted to him. It blends with Rescue Romance and Bodyguard Crush as the body was of the man sent to kill her, and the final scene shows how he killed another Agent sent to kill her. Despite her interest, 47 rejects her advances. It should be noted that he is typically believed to be Asexual.
Mexican Standoff: Just before the train duel with the other Agents, 47 gets caught up in one with the other agents as the each point their dual pistols at one of the others.
Pragmatic Adaptation/Woolseyism: The original concept of 47 being just another unit of a long line of cloned assassins is changed to him being one of many genetically engineered children specially trained for assassination. This was done to accommodate more actors to portray the other Agents that 47 meets throughout the film.
Pretty in Mink: Nika wears a silver mink coat. Some female bystanders.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: To keep Udre Belicoff from killing one of his hookers with one of the guns he's selling, 47 stops him with his excellent firearm knowledge.
Agent 47:[Udre has a Makarov point blank in a hooker's eyeball] Whoa whoa whoa, hold up. This is not a Kedr. It's a Chinese copy. In fact, I don't know if it's the drugs, or if you're usually this inept, but you've been wrong about most of these weapons. If the gun you're holding is as cheap as this one, even if you did manage to shoot her in the eye, and I'm not saying you could, you wouldn't kill her. note ** 47 himself makes a blunder as the weapon being discussed here is an Arsenal Shipka. Granted, it is close to a Kedr, but it is not one, and there exists no Chinese-manufactured clone of the Kedr. An explanation can be found here.
[Udre shoots at 47, missing]
Shameless Fanservice Girl: Nika doesn't mind strutting her stuff in front of 47 while wearing nothing more than some very skimpy panties.
Later during their "dinner", when playfully testing his apparent photographic memory, she asks what color her panties are...
Agent 47: [beat] You're not wearing any underwear.
Shower Scene: 47 gets one all by his lonesome in the beginning.
Stock Footage: It seems that 47 grew up at Manticore, judging from all the familiar footage seen in the intro.
Wait Here: Just before scouting out the restaurant for his next hit, 47 says this to Nika, who promptly disobeys him for a bit.
What Happened to the Mouse?: After the timer on 47's elaborate execution setup for Yuri Marklov expires just as he completes his part of the deal, it's not explained if Yuri was electrocuted for the shooter being just milliseconds late, or if he was saved by the Magic Countdown and slow motion.
Again with Diana who was just a voice over the phone, who helped 47 begin uncovering the conspiracy plot. After calling him with her natural voice as opposed to using a computer synthesizer, she is never heard from or mentioned again.
Working the Same Case: Mike Whittier of Interpol has been trailing 47 for some time. FSB agent Yuri Marklov becomes part of the investigation after 47 assassinates the Russian President, and proceeds to take more and more levels in jerkass as time goes on. It makes sense as he was working with the Big Bad anyway.