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8 Cruel Shots ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ Has Taken From Critics

8 Cruel Shots 'Hitman: Agent 47' Has Taken From Critics

Hitman: Agent 47” might’ve seemed like a Hollywood no-brainer. Green-light a reboot to the modestly successful “Hitman” (2007), and replace Timothy Olyphant with “Homeland” up-and-coming actor Rupert Friend. The resulting mess, however, left critics feeling none too kind toward the late summer release. Here are some of the more ruthless assassination attempts aimed at the mishandled followup:

Variety
“What to call it, exactly? The 47th best action film of 2015? A feature-length Audi commercial, or a promo reel for the Singapore Tourism Board? The most unnecessary artistic contribution ever made by someone named Bach?”

The Guardian
“An idiotic mess with a bafflingly dense prologue, an endless final battle, lifeless performances and anticlimactic twists… there’s zero to recommend about this film regarding its story or dialogue.”

Screen Crush 
“Rooting for the title character of Hitman: Agent 47′ is like watching a baseball movie and rooting for the pitching machine.”

Slant 
“‘[Hitman: Agent 47]’ just barely satisfies in the action-spectacle department, what with its chintzy-looking CGI explosions and blood splattering, and a flashy editing style that comes dangerously close to making a hash out of the rather impressive stunt choreography.”

The Hollywood Reporter
“Too many of the characters are invincible, and it’s hard to get invested in people who are so hard to destroy. (Even Superman had to contend with Kryptonite.)”

Cinema Blend
“If ‘The Bourne Identity’ and ‘Resident Evil’ hooked up back in 2002, this is the baby that one of them would bring to the doorstep of the other, begging them to take it.”

Comingsoon.net
“Any potential ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ may have had is squandered as it gets marred down in some of its more inane ideas with a cliffhanger ending so lame it ruins any chance of enjoying (or remembering) much of what came before.”

The Wrap
“For all its cheap talk about the importance of innovation, ‘Agent 47’ just feels like a copy of a copy of a copy.”

Ouch. “Hitman: Agent 47” crashes into theaters August 21, 2015. 

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