Let's start with the plot. What can we say about it? Hitman has to kill a megalomaniac world leader and retrieve a nuke to stop him from blowing up the world! No wait, that's not it. He has to travel back in time to—
I dunno, the plot's a mess. At some point in the movie, you start to realise that anything is possible. ANYTHING. Agent 47's mother is actually Katia's Polish live-in seamstress. Or Katia is capable of psionic domination of Serbians. Or whatever. I guess it doesn't really matter. It feels like an excuse for a skop-skiet-en-donner film.
And that it is. And that's its best quality. It never really bores you. Sure, many of the fight scenes (and there are a lot) might leave you thinking, "LOL. That'd never happen in real life," but they'd never bore you. The action proceeds at a truly breakneck pace, and the production values are high. Every blow feels crushing and high-octane.
I'm not sure the movie was very expensive to shoot, but it doesn't feel cheap. I'm sure the Audi sponsorship they got (people who've seen it will know what I mean) helped a lot financially. Sweet but unobtrusive soundtrack too. The ending is satisfying and feels like it was scripted by a professional. It hit all the right notes.
That's the good stuff out the way. Now I can go wild.
So it's as over-the-top as a good comic book. Except a comic book is utterly fantastical from the beginning. It never even approaches realism. This felt like a weird mix of pseudo-realistic action, and balls-to-the-wall unrealistic fantasy. Should I have suspended my disbelief more? Perhaps. I feel like it's up to the film you're watching to help you with that. That's Major Flaw #1.
Major Flaw #2 - Agent 47 is the perfect soldier. He's faster, more intelligent and more resourceful than any normal human. He feels no fear. He feels no emotion.
Neither does the audience. There's a scene near the end where they're standing in an elevator cocking their pistols and getting ready for action. They're meant to look cool and hardcore. I'm sorry. I cared infinitely more about the Terminator, a robot, than these two. I just didn't connect with them. Don't get me wrong, Rupert Friend does a brilliant job of playing the Agent. I just didn't care because he'd never care. He's almost too believable. It's a weird feeling to describe.
It's a fun movie nonetheless. It won't leave you feeling super unsatisfied. You just won't care too much.