Hitman is a 2007 French-American action thriller film directed by Xavier Gens and based on the Hitman video game series. A gun-for-hire, Agent 47 is a genetically-engineered assassin. He is hired by a group, 'The Organization' and becomes ensnared in a political conspiracy. He finds himself pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military. The film stars Timothy Olyphant, Olga Kurylenko, and Dougray Scott. Hitman was released on November 21, 2007.
At an unknown location, near a remote asylum, a group of young bald boys is receiving tattoos of bar codes on the back of their heads as well as men observing, directing and coordinating the training of these young boys in firearms and hand-to-hand combat, as well as stamina and strength. In these scenes, it is shown that these young boys are trained from an early age to be professional, international hitmen-for-hire.
Years later, Interpol agent Mike Whittier arrives at his house and discovers Agent 47 in his study, where the two talk about 47's life as a professional hitman, working for a mysterious unknown paramilitary organization known as The Organization. The movie unfolds as he tells the story, and Whittier trying to capture him.
Three months prior, 47 is completing a hit on a gang leader named Bwana Ovie in Niger. He is told by his Agency contact, Diana, to kill his next target, Russian President Mikhail Belicoff, publicly. He completes his mission as ordered, but before he can leave Russia, he is contacted by his employers. They tell him that there is a witness to the assassination and order him to intercept her. When Agent 47 pulls his gun to shoot her on the street, he realizes she's never seen him before. He doesn't shoot her, but just misses being assassinated himself.
His employers reveal his location to agents of FSB, who make plans to intercept him. As he is about to be taken, Diana personally calls him to warn him. She tells him that Belicoff ordered the hit on himself. After a dramatic escape from the hotel, 47 intercepts Nika, the woman who supposedly witnessed his hit and Belicoff's mistress. He interrogates her about Belicoff and discovers that Belicoff had a body double, who ordered the hit on the real Belicoff so that he could take his place as the president of Russia. 47 was to be killed after the hit to ensure total secrecy.
As Nika and 47 attempts to take a train further into the Russian interior, they are intercepted by more assassins from the Agency. 47 kills four of them before disarming Agent Whittier and wounding his partner. Infuriated at yet another escape, the FSB and Agent Marklov order Interpol to leave the country immediately. In the meantime, 47 contacts Agent Smith of the CIA. He offers Smith a deal - he will kill Udre Belicoff, Mikhail's brother, in exchange for a favor from the CIA. Udre is an arms dealer and slave trader whom both the CIA and FSB have wanted dead for some time. Agent Smith informs 47 that Udre had been planning something with a German arms dealer named Price. Intercepting him could lead 47 to Udre.
47 and Nika travel to Istanbul, where 47 abducts Price from a restaurant in order to pose as Price at a meeting with Udre. 47 later kills Udre and his henchmen, so Belicoff's double is forced to attend Udre's funeral. 47 kidnaps Agent Marklov and forces him to have his own FSB agents try to shoot Belicoff's double as he delivers a eulogy for Udre. Disguised as a soldier, 47 manages to kill all of Belicoff's double's guards and takes him into the archbishop's chamber in the church. 47 instead kills him and then allows himself to be taken into custody by Interpol and Agent Whittier.
At this point Agent Smith delivers on his end of the deal, having the agents under his command intercept the Interpol convoy that is transporting 47 to the airport, giving 47 the distraction necessary to escape. The scene then flashes forward to the conversation between Agent Whittier and 47 occurring at Agent Whittier's house. After wrapping up their conversation, 47 reveals the body of a dead hitman. 47 suggests Agent Whittier go along with 47's plan, saying that he will notify the police that he has killed the fake Agent 47, implying that Whittier will not survive if he does not.
Nika is shown picking up an envelope from an undisclosed sender. Inside it, there are papers and a message saying that she now owns a vineyard (she had told 47 of her childhood dream of having one). Meanwhile, 47 is watching her from afar, through the scope of a sniper rifle. He then looks at the corpse of another hitman, lying close to him, and says, "I told you to leave her alone. You should have listened." He then turns back and walks away.
- Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47: An orphaned child (though in the video games he is the result of cloning experiments), kidnapped and trained by the Organization to become an elite assassin. He is the main protagonist in this story.
- Borislav Parvanov as a young Agent 47
- Dougray Scott as Mike Whittier: Interpol agent Mike Whittier has been tracking Agent 47 for quite some time. During this film, he finally gets to confront his mysterious target.
- Olga Kurylenko as Nika Boronina: A woman who is swept into companionship with Agent 47 as events unfold.
- Robert Knepper as Yuri Marklov: Lead agent of an FSB force, he joins in the chase to capture Agent 47.
- Ulrich Thomsen as Mikhail Belicoff : The Russian President, Mikhail Belicoff is targeted by Agent 47 as a mark early on in the film.
- Henry Ian Cusick as Udre Belicoff: Sibling of Mikhail Belicoff, he is protected from arrest by the CIA, other international police organization under his brother's influence and arms dealer. (An opposite side of Arkadji Jegorov from Hitman: Codename 47 game)
- James Faulkner as Smith Jamison: A CIA agent who helps Agent 47 evade Interpol.
- For whatever reason, the armorers who worked on the film decided to issue the Para-Ordnance P18 as 47's signature 1911 clone, rather than the AMT Hardballer. He refers to them as .45s to Nika in one scene, whereas the P18 is actually a 9mm pistol.
- 47 is seen in the film using two of his staple rifles, the Blaser R93 and the Walther WA 2000.
- However, he uses the bolt-action L96A1 sniper rifle at the end of the film.
- Many of the scenes depicting a child 47 and other orphans being indoctrinated into super-assassins are actually taken from TV show Dark Angel, where you can see the barcode tattoo is clearly on the neck, rather than the head.
- In the scene where Yuri is lead Belikoff's twin, the two agents lead to him have "ФСБ," but "C" is incorrectly reversed.
- In scene of the first Belikoff's assassination, the writing on the theater is not Russian, as the scene was shot in front of the Ivan Vazov National Theater ("Народен театър Иван Вазов") in Sofia Bulgaria.
- The fight scenes in the St. Petersburg Commuter train station were clearly filmed in France. When 47 walks down the stairs the blurred yellow sign in the back, is a typical sign used by French train company SNCF warning you not to cross the tracks. The signs indicating the number of the track and directions to the luggage storage are also standard SNCF signs. Finally, when 47 jumps over the barrier, we clearly see a machine that is used on every train station in France to validate your ticket before boarding the train.
- During the movie, the teletype text says, "Russian Border - Turkey" This film takes place during the modern era and Turkey does not border Russia but Bulgaria, among other countries. They could be referring to the Azerbaijan-Turkey border, as Azerbaijan is a member of the CIS, sometimes (incorrectly) referred to as "Russia," especially by Americans, but this would still be inaccurate.
- Even after this film is partly directed in Bulgaria it makes the Bulgarian historical buildings - Russian, even the Sofian National train station - go somewhat in Russia.
- Some of the scenes are similar to the Hitman: Codename 47 levels on PC where Agent 47 kills a target and his bodyguards in a bathroom (similar to the mission: Traditions of the Trade) and kills Udre Belicoff in a similar fashion to the missions Gunrunner's Paradise and Plutonium Runs Loose.
- The children in the Russian hotel room are seen playing Hitman: Blood Money with the Death of a Showman level seen on TV when Agent 47 crashes through the window during his escape from the militia soldiers.
- Agent 47's barcode does not have his identification numbers on it.
- In reality, Interpol does not have agents who are authorized to make arrests, as it is an international liaison organization focusing on cooperation between various law enforcement agencies from different countries. They have liaison officers who will encourage cooperation and assist with translation and document handling. Interpol does not launch investigations or pursue international criminals.
|Media of the Hitman series|
|Main Games||Hitman: Codename 47 - Hitman 2: Silent Assassin - Hitman: Contracts - Hitman: Blood Money - Hitman: Absolution - HITMAN™|
|Other Games||Hitman 2 Christmas Game - Hitman: Vegas - Hitman: Sniper Challenge - Hitman: Sniper - Hitman GO|
|Novels||Hitman: Enemy Within - Hitman: Damnation|
|Films||Hitman (2007) - Hitman: Agent 47|