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Hitman is a 2007 action film based on the video game series of the same name. It was directed by Xavier Gens, and released by 20th Century Fox.

The movie follows Agent 47, a genetically engineered hitman. 47 is employed by "The Agency" a clandestine organisation who offer their elite services to the highest bidders. 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 Olga Kurylenko.

A reboot titled Hitman: Agent 47 was released on August 21, 2015.

No relation to these 90s movies.

Please add any tropes relevant to the reboot on its own page.

Hitman Contains examples of:

  • 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.
  • Artistic License – Geography: One scene is captioned as taking place at the Russia-Turkey border. There is no such border and quite a few small countries are between Russia and Turkey.
  • Artistic License – Military: 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").
  • Artistic License – Politics: One line states that Russia is leading the European Union investigation of the assassination. This implies Russia belongs to the EU, which it does not and never has been a member of.
  • 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.
  • 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. Possibly justified since it seems that whoever completes the contract will get the payment.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Mikhail Belicoff. While he's said to be a moderate politically he's also an abusive misogynist. Hard to feel any sympathy for him or anger at 47 for taking him out.
    • Udre Belicoff is also implied to be abusive towards women on top of having horrible gun safety standards. 47 wonders to him if he might also be a substance abuser while distracting him from shooting a woman in the room to demonstrate a pistol. 47 kills him and his henchmen with the guns and ammo he so helpfully left out on display.
  • Badass Boast: 47 delivers one in the opening to Mike Whittier.
    Mike Whittier: Are you going to kill me?
    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.
    Mike Whittier: Then why are you here?
    Agent 47: To talk. But, Mike, if you make me kill you, you will not go alone.(...)
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He is 47 after all.
  • 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.
  • Blasphemous Boast: After leaving Markov with his Sadistic Choice, 47 assures him that "even the Lord Himself" will not hear his screams.
  • Bloodstained Glass Windows: The final showdown takes place at a church.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Quite a few, of the Gorn-tastic variety to boot.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Particularly in the shootout at Udri's place. The MP5s that 47 grab appear to have the very-rare 120+ round magazines.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: 47 pays Udre Belicoff with such a briefcase. He's hidden a small explosive in it, which he uses as a distraction when his cover is blown.
  • Camping a Crapper: 47 steals Mr. Price's identity by drugging his drink and then taking him (and his bodyguards) out in the bathroom, where he'd hidden a silenced gun in one of the toilet's water bowls.
  • Celebrity Paradox: During 47's escape from the hotel, he bursts into a room where two guys are playing one of the Hitman games.
  • The Chessmaster: 47 allegedly turns out to have been this from the moment his first hotel was raided, according to Mike.
  • Contract on the Hitman: 47 for some reason finds himself pursued by his fellow Agents on several occasions.
  • Cool Guns: 47's iconic silver pistols are intact.
  • Dead Man's Chest: Done as a Mythology Gag to the original games. He not only puts the bodies in a shipping crate but nails it shut as well.
  • 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?
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    • 47 may be The Stoic but even he is prone to stare at Nika's "assets", even for a second.
    • 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.
  • Electrified Bathtub: 47 uses a timed Death Trap version of this to coerce Yuri into betraying Belicoff. To make sure it works as intended, he has Yuri chained to it with barbed wire and set up a dripping pipe on the ceiling to ensure Yuri won't be able to empty it with his limited range of movement.
  • Every Japanese Sword is a Katana: Averted: The swords used in the infamous train battle are wakizashis.
  • Evil Versus Evil: An assassin trained since childhood vs. a corrupt government official.
  • Expy: The Spetsnaz soldiers seen in the hotel sequence look an awful lot like Kerberos.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Cited by 47 when he finds himself confronting three other agents, each pointing a pair of guns at the others. Sizing it up, 47 intones that "How about dying with a little dignity?" He looks each agent over and each nods in turn. In unison, they empty their guns, drop them, pull out swords and cross them in a respectful pattern before going to fight.
  • The Faceless: Diana makes it from the game as just a voice on the phone. Early on 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.
  • Fan Disservice: Nika's Full-Frontal Assault flashback, where she is strung up and being whipped by Belicoff as his leering friends watch.
  • Fanservice: For all the film's flaws, it's a welcome experience to see Olga Kurylenko strutting topless on multiple occasions.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: 47 is framed for the attempted murder of Belicoff. 47 in fact actually murdered Belicoff, but Belicoff was replaced with a double right after it happened. 47, being one of the few privy to this knowledge, had to be eliminated.
  • 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.
  • Hero Antagonist: Mike Whittier of Interpol.
  • Hitman with a Heart:
  • Hollywood Geography: The movie places Kazan Cathedral in Moscow (it's in St. Petersburg) and also mentions the Russia-Turkey border (they're separated by Georgia and the Black Sea).
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Nika.
  • Hyper-Awareness: 47 is no Jason Bourne but he does have some exceptional situational awareness.
    Nika: What's the Soup of the Day?
    Agent 47: Lentil and mint with sauteed onions and diced tomatoes.
    Nika: The woman two tables behind you. What's she wearing?
    Agent 47: With the red hair and the silk dress?
    [Nika nods]
    Agent 47: [beat] That's not a woman.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: With all the movements he makes, 47 is still perfectly capable of shooting Mooks who look like they came straight out of Killzone and killing them with very few shots. Armor Is Useless indeed.
  • In Medias Res: The entire film is really one big flashback.
  • In-Universe Factoid Failure: When 47 meets Udre Belicoff as a "weapons buyer", Udre misidentifies pretty much every gun he offers. For example, he refers to an 5.56 NATO M4A1note  equipped with an M203note  as "an M203 with an underbarrel grenade launcher" and also says there's a surplus of 7.62 ammo from the third world.[note]For bonus points, it seems to be based on the famous gun from Scarface. You're think a criminal lowlife would recognize that. The closest to the gun he describes would be a SCAR in 7.62 NATO, or an AK-pattern rifle, and both look very different.[/note] 47 mentions this as evidence of how clueless Udre really is.
  • Instant Sedation: Twice; when 47 kills Price in order to impersonate him, and when he knocks out Nika during their almost kiss.
  • Interpol Special Agent: Mike Whittier and his partner are this.
  • In-Universe Factoid Failure: An Arms Dealer attempts to intimidate 47 using an M4A1 with an M203 grenade launcher, but gets all the basic facts wrong. 47 is not intimidated in the slightest.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: Between Mike Wittiernote  and the FSB. 47 exploits this to escape custody at the end of the film.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: The train duel shifts from a four-way Guns Akimbo Mexican Standoff, to hectic fencing match to the death with everyone Dual Wielding small katanas.
  • 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.
  • Laxative 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. They decide to switch to swords for an honorable duel.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • When Agent 47 crashes through the window of the hotel room below his, the two kids who stare at his entrance are playing one of the Hitman games on TV.
    • 47 leaves Markov tied up in what appears to be an Electrified Bathtub, and there's a little rubber duckie in it, just like one of the Hitman promotion posters.
    • When the Russian SWAT teams raids his hotel, 47 hides behind a pillar, pistols held in his canonical Guns Akimbo cross-armed stance.
    • Later, in the Turkish restaurant, there are several scenes of 47 walking down the hallway as the camera follows him from a high angle, referencing the game's Third-Person Shooter perspective.
  • No Name Given: 47 of course.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Despite her best efforts, Nika's efforts to seduce 47 fall flat.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Yuri claims to be "just a bureaucrat" after 47 explains why he's been kidnapped and the options he has. It's such a transparent ploy that Yuri can't even manage to make it look convincing, and 47 just moves on without even entertaining the notion.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: 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, as do some female bystanders.
  • Punk in the Trunk: Nika spends a fair amount of time in the trunk of 47's car. Additionally, being an assassin, 47 also hides bodies there - there's a dead body in the trunk the first time he forces Nika to get inside, in fact.
  • "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 
    [Udre shoots at 47, missing]
  • Rule of Cool: Pretty much the whole damn film, as befits a videogame-based movie.
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • 47 gives Yuri two horrible choices: either he intentionally screws over his own conspiracy, or he dies by electrocution. 47 may have been lying about sparing him, since the countdown hits zero regardless of his compliance.
    • 47 forces Mike into helping him with a coverup by confronting him in his home and warning that he and his entire family will be killed if Mike doesn't play ball.
  • 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.
  • Shown Their Work: When 47 is threatening to electrocute Yuri, he specifically mentions the amperage as being lethal instead of the voltage. Not many movies actually manage to get that one right.
  • Stock Footage: It seems that 47 grew up at Manticore, judging from all the familiar footage seen in the intro.
  • SWAT Team: Armed to teeth, every inch covered in armor, with glowing red visors, and 47 still kills several of them in a hotel, with just dual wielding pistols in a shirt, pants, and no shoes.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: 47's electrocution trap uses way more amperage than is necessary to kill a person, a fact he lampshades when explaining that he wants his victim to know just how serious his demands are.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Udre Belicoff is so compromised by drugs/overconfidence that he's too arrogant to do something as simple as keep ammunition away from the guns out on display. Agent 47 points out his poor gun knowledge as a distraction partly so Belicoff doesn't kill one of the women with a pistol he's demonstrating. Agent 47 even manages to get an exploding suitcase into the meeting room with him to distract Udre's guards so he can lock-and-load and take everyone out with the weapons Udre so helpfully provided. Granted, Udre wasn't expecting to deal with 47, a one-man army who can mow down the entire room unscathed.
  • To the Pain: 47 describes in vivid detail how Yuri will die when the electrocution trap goes off, mostly to motivate him into doing as he's told.
  • Training Montage: Inside a heavily guarded facility, a group of young boys are given tattoos of bar codes on the backs of their shaved heads and are then trained in weapons, demolitions, unarmed combat, stamina, and strength to become professionally trained hitmen who operate around the globe.
  • Trojan Prisoner: One of 47's jobs is to assassinate a warlord. He accomplishes this by grabbing a mook the warlord was looking for, stuffing remote-detonated C4 down the guy's gullet, then dropping him off and triggering the blast once 47 hears them learn from the prisoner that they're near a bomb.
  • Vertical Kidnapping: Used by 47 to capture FSB agent Yuri Marklov before the climax.
  • Villain Protagonist: Much less so than his video game counterpart, but he's still dangerous.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Diana, literally — in the beginning of the movie, she's a text-to-speech converter on 47's laptop.
  • Wait Here: Just before scouting out the restaurant for his next hit, 47 says this to Nika, who promptly disobeys him for a bit.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: After her second ride in the trunk, Nika complains to 47. He doesn't see the problem; he got rid of the body she complained about last time.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • It's not made clear if Yuri Marklov survived 47's elaborate execution setup, since the clock hits zero despite him doing as asked, followed by a cut.
    • 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.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Spoken almost word for word by Jenkins, one of the Interpol agents tracking 47.
  • 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Threatened; 47 warns Mike that should he be forced to kill Mike in his own home, 47 will also kill Mike's family too.
    • 47 drops a rubber ducky in Yuri's Electrified Bathtub, taken from Yuri's house, to "keep things in perspective".


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