My expectations for Hitman were
So I was pleased to see the Vin-Diesel-produced movie merely paid homage to the game. There were a couple funny references to the game, the best being when Agent 47 interrupts a couple kids playing the Hitman video game.
Anyway, Hitman was a hit. Better than many of the James Bond films. The plot was good. The fact that there was a plot was better. The main character was played by Timothy Olyphant, and he did a great job of being stoic. The other acting was good to average. Fight scenes were mostly well choreographed, except the train fight scene when everyone agrees to put down guns and draw swords in order to ‘die with some dignity…’ Hmmph.
Unlike the James Bond films, I noticed there was little product placement in the Hitman film. Sobe, Audi, and McDonalds notwithstanding, I never saw a closeup of his cellphone or wristwatch.
And the hot female lead Nika, played by Olga Kurylenko does a realistic job as well, and is obligatorily, scantily-clad. In a daring first for male-lead-shooter-films, the hero does NOT have a sex scene with the female lead. I was disappointed to see him treat her poorly at first.
Hitman – The Short Version
Take a James Bond film with a good plot, remove the sex scene, remove the main character’s hair and sense of humor (possibly the entire personality), and remove the product placement, add a Scotch with Ice instead of a Vodka Martini, and some great locations in Russia, Istanbul and Bulgaria, then you’re got the recipe for Hitman.