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DVD Review: Hitman (Unrated)

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Hitman is a film based on the video game series of the same name. Timothy Olyphant is Agent 47, the main character in the film, and Dougray Scott is Mike Whittier, an Interpol agent trying to bring him in. The film is directed by Xavier Gens from a script by Skip Woods.

As we are introduced to the world of Agent 47 we learn he is a clone. The film opens with a montage showing a group of bald, blue-eyed boys receiving tattoos of bar codes; at a young age the clones are trained in the skills of killing and use of firearms and martial arts.

Agent 47 receives his assignment from his Organization contact and is told to kill Russian President Mikhail Belicoff, publicly. He succeeds in his task, but then is informed there’s a problem – a witness saw him, so now he must eliminate her as well. Unfortunately for Agent 47 it was Belicoff who hired the Organization to kill a double of his, and now since Agent 47 failed his mission, Belicoff has hired another assassin to eliminate him. What then transpires is brutal game of cat and mouse with Agent 47 using all his skills to elude his pursuers while trying to get to the bottom of why he was set up.

Timothy Olyphant does an impressive job portraying a ruthless hired killer and Dougray Scott is believable as the law enforcement agent tasked with trying to bring him in. This is an enjoyable popcorn flick, meaning you can just sit back and relax and not think too much.

There are several extras on this DVD that are worth your time;

“In The Crosshairs” is a featurette about the making of the movie.

“Digital Hits” interviews the creators of the Hitman world and talks about the history of the Hitman videogame.

“Instruments of Destruction” goes over the different guns and gun techniques used in the film.

“Settling the score” talks about the original score that was created, and the process to choose the music.

There are also deleted scenes; you can see why they were deleted, including an alternate ending. Usually I’m a fan of the alternate opening/ending and feel that’s the one that should have been used, but in this case the theatrical version is the better version.

Finally there is a gag reel which contains your standard flubs, goofs, and curses when a line is blown.

The unrated version is described as being packed with "never-before-seen explosive action," however it’s only one extra minute in running time. So the unrated version has a few scenes extended and more blood but doesn’t really add anything to the theatrical version.

Hitman is an enjoyable action movie, and is a worthy adaptation of the video game.

Grade: B

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