I doubted we’d see another Hitman movie so soon after its forgettable debut with Timothy Olyphant, which received a mild reception in the U.S. However, it was able to gross over $100 million world wide, so I guess it’s not THAT big of a surprise. Perhaps the real surprise here is the fact that Fox International Productions is moving forward with Paul Walker as the new lead of the franchise. It’s not because the guy can’t emote (neither can Agent 47), but I just don’t buy him as an elite assassin who can get through any situation without dropping a hokey line with his usual brand of awkward delivery.
But perhaps this could all be prevented somehow. I always felt that the first movie didn’t work because they gave Olyphant too many lines and too much room for the character to develop, which went against the overall tone of the feature (and the spirit of the character, but who cares about that?). I think they ought to use the rest of the cast to drive the plot while utilizing Agent 47 exclusively for his murdering prowess. So you can still have all the human drama you want (none of which should involve the titular hitman) and you can limit Paul Walker’s dialogue to something less than the characters allowed for a single tweet. Let the character speak through carefully crafted action sequences and you have the winning formula for a successful Hitman movie franchise.
Something else worth noting here is the title; they’re calling it “Agent 47.” Maybe they’re trying to move away from the ill-conceived Timmy Olyphant film to start fresh and take things more seriously. Maybe the people at Square Enix (the current distributor of Hitman video games) are buying into Warner Brother’s naming convention (calling their movies/shows something that evoke the character rather than calling it by their names i.e. The Dark Knight, Arrow, Man of Steel). Or maybe they lost their minds and don’t know what they’re doing. Maybe it’s ME who is out of his mind.
Pfffft. Yeah, right.
Written by Daniel Lee