Movie List
Loading ...
Find Theaters and Movie Times
Search Movies


Not quite the Bourne franchise
By TOM MEEK  |  November 20, 2007
2.0 2.0 Stars

VIDEO: Watch the trailer for Hitman.

Timothy Olyphant, long a garnish in films like Go and Live Free or Die Hard, takes centerstage in this video-game-to-big-screen-actioneer helmed by French stylist Xavier Gens. He plays Agent 47, a genetically enhanced assassin taking orders from a nebulous network known as “the organization.” The first chapter, in what looks to be a series, has 47 caught in a set-up when he’s given orders to take out the Russian president. The hit goes sideways, and several factions want him dead, yet even though he’s a WASP with a clean-shaven dome and a barcode tattoo’d on the back of his neck, they can’t find him till he finds them. The bigger plot, which involves a dogged Interpol cop (Dougray Scott) and a sassy Russian sex slave (Olga Kurylenko), is awkwardly paced and muddled. Gens and screenwriter Skip Woods obviously yearn for something special like the Bourne franchise, but what they’ve coughed up is smaller-scale and more forgettable, along the lines of xXx. 100 minutes | Boston Common + Fenway + Fresh Pond + Chestnut Hill + Suburbs
Related: Frontière(s)/Frontier(s), Review: A Perfect Getaway, Autumn peeves, More more >
  Topics: Reviews , Interpol, Timothy Olyphant, Xavier Gens,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   HOLLYWOOD, RI-STYLE  |  July 30, 2014
    The 2014 edition will premiere more than 240 films (features, shorts and documentaries) from 62 countries and 34 US states.
  •   GLOBAL CINEMA, LOCAL FLAVOR  |  August 08, 2013
    The 17th annual incarnation of the Rhode Island International Film Festival begins its weeklong run on August 6. The festival, which boasts more than 200 films from 65 countries, is a celebration of the cinematic arts with a campus feel and a focus on all things Rhode Island.
  •   REVIEW: SAFE HAVEN  |  February 14, 2013
    Somewhere along the way Nicholas Sparks went from being just a bestselling author of preachy schmaltz to a full-on franchise (he produces the movies of his books).
  •   REVIEW: FUN SIZE  |  October 31, 2012
    Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice ventures onto the big screen in this hokey Halloween misadventure.
  •   REVIEW: TAI CHI ZERO  |  October 24, 2012
    Mashup, hodgepodge, or remix — call it what you will, this kung fu odyssey from former action star Stephen Fung offers intermittent pleasures and freaky twists.

 See all articles by: TOM MEEK