Hitman: Agent 47

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Video game-based movie is extremely bloody, uninteresting.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Amid the mayhem, the movie's message is that you always have a choice. Just because you're expected to act a certain way or follow a certain path doesn't mean it has to be so, because you can choose to do something different.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Not many role models here, but the Agent makes decisions that are uncharacteristic to his personality in order to protect someone. A father sacrifices everything for his daughter. And a woman rises to the occasion to discover her strength.

Violence

Gory and bloody, with lots of blood splattering and cringe-worthy assassination scenes. Not all of the killings are up close -- many are from far away (Agent 47 is an excellent marksman who can shoot people from remarkable distances) -- but the body count is incredibly high. People are mostly shot, but they're also impaled or blown up or crushed to death.

Sex

A female character occasionally wears tight/revealing clothes like a bikini bottom but no top (she's not shown fully topless), a white tank top with no bra, or just a towel. A shower scene reveals the silhouette of her stomach and rear end, but only from the side. Extras kiss in a crowd scene.

Language

Many uses of "f--k" and "s--t," and a couple of exclamations of "Jesus."

Consumerism

So many close-ups of an Audi sedan that the movie seems like a long commercial for it. Also, of course, the connection to the video game on which the movie is based. Other brands seen include Mercedes, Siemens.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hitman: Agent 47 is the second film based on the popular Hitman video game series about a cloned assassin who works for a covert international organization. The movie's Agent 47 resembles his gaming character in looks and characterization, as well as his impressive ability to kill dozens and dozens of people, often in gory/bloody ways. You can expect plenty of strong language (mostly "f--k" and "s--t") and tons violence, from close-up executions and sniper-level shootings to explosions and car chases/crashes. Although there aren't any sex scenes, several shots focus on a key female character's body, which is highlighted in a towel, bikini, and in the shower (but always just short of actual nudity). Those unfamiliar with the game series and it's storyline are clearly not the intended audience.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySaatvik M. October 24, 2016
Adult Written byRiccy September 5, 2015

Amazing

Just Amazing, great teen film
Teen, 13 years old Written byGinger_Ninja September 5, 2015

Hitman

Very good film. With lots of gun fights. Very good teen film.
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebo344 October 23, 2015

Failure From Fox (again).

Ha, see that alliteration. Anyways, this movie sucks major balls. The story is confusing, the action is repetitive (same damn headshots), the acting is so-so (a... Continue reading

What's the story?

In HITMAN: AGENT 47, the second film based on the best-selling video game series (the first was 2008's Hitman), the protagonist, Agent 47 (Rupert Friend), is a bald, cloned assassin-for-hire sent on an important mission: to find a woman named Katia (Hannah Ware), who will lead him to her father, Litvenko (Ciaran Hinds), the reclusive geneticist who created the clone program. Katia, who hasn't seen her father in decades, is reluctant to team up with 47, but after nearly being killed by a rival genetically modified assassin, she decides Agent 47 may seem like a robotic killer, but he's also honest and possibly even capable of redemption.

Is it any good?

There's limited appeal for non-gamers in this internationally cast action flick that seems like a tribute to the worst of Renny Harlin and Luc Besson's '90s films. Although Friend has been effective in past roles in Pride & Prejudice and The Young Victoria, he (and his razor-sharp cheekbones) can't carry this frighteningly boring and borderline-unwatchable adaptation. The dialogue is stilted and formulaic (even accounting for the fact that he's a clone designed to kill), the twists are eye-rollingly predictable, and the jokes are just shy of hitting their mark.

From the cheesy synth soundtrack to the off-putting chemistry between the robotic agent and his gorgeous charge (is she a potential love interest or more like a sibling in genetic modification?) to the dozens and dozens of death scenes, this is one of those global action movies you expect to see on late-night cable, not on the big screen. What's worse is that the movie ends in a cloying fashion that leaves it up in the air whether there will be another sequel. Let's hope there isn't.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of video-game adaptations. How does Hitman: Agent 47 compare to others in the genre? Those familiar with the games: Did the movie capture what makes them exciting to play?

  • Which sorts of video games make for better movies -- those based on action and shooting or those that are more story dependent?

  • Discuss the amount of violence in the movie. How does it differ from the violence in the game? Is there a difference between watching violence on screen and role-playing it in a game? Does exposure to violent media desensitize kids to violence?

Movie details

For kids who love action and thrills

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