While most film adaptations of videogames are horrible, "HITMAN" does a few things right. Instead of pretending to be interested in a multi-layered plot full of subtext, Director Xavier Gens ensures the film moves along at a steady pace, with as few layers of narrative as possible. The "hitman," Agent 47, appears to have recently botched an assassination attempt on the Russian president. (No, unfortunately we don't get to see Putin's scummy brains all over the place!)And, to make matters worse, he finds out that he's part of a bigger conspiracy! There are no new revelations tried in this storyline, but there are some fun scenes. Gens may not have a style of his own, but at least he can copy other directors well, without looking horrible in the process.
Stunts, kinetic barrages of bullets and more permeate the framing, with great composition in most scenes. This unrated screener offers a bit more violence and nudity during a violent scene, missing in the theatrical presentation.
FOX has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are dead on, for the most part. However, this screener also suffers from an unusual amount of grain and artifacts, and we can't be sure what the final product will look like.
FOX has provided a DTS mix along with the Dolby Digital mix. The "DTS" mix is the way to go! WOW!!! This is one of the most aggressive mixes we've heard in a long time! From beginning to end, subwoofer bass effects, panning effects and music blend together with perfect balance, engulfing the audience, though to the end. More importantly, even subtle nuances are perfectly balanced with the more thunderous ones! BRAVO, FOX! BRAVO!!!
FOX has included a featurette, offering interviews and behind the scenes footage. Deleted scenes and an alternate ending are also offered, without 16:9 enhancement.