REVIEW: FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN

CAST (VOICES)

Ming-Na Wen (Agents of SHIELD)
Alec Baldwin (Mission Impossible 5)
Ving Rhames (Julia X)
Steve Buscemi (Ghost World)
Peri Gilpin (Frasier)
Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games)
James Woods (Another Day In Paradise)
Keith David (Picth Black)
John DiMAggio (Futurama)
Dwight Schultz (The A-Team)

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)After the runaway success of Final Fantasy VII on the original Playstation, Sony greenlit a Final Fantasy movie. The final result, The Spirits Within, didn’t appear on movie screens until 2001, the same year as Shrek. However, unlike the unfunny green ogre, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within failed to generate any meaningful business at the box office, and it was the biggest bomb in film history up to that point. It’s admirable for its sweeping alien vistas and imaginative space-age designs, but the story just doesn’t have enough in it to keep the audience’s interest.Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)The film follows Doctor Aki Ross (Ming-na) as she and her mentor, Dr. Sid (Donald Sutherland) attempt to discover a way to clear Earth of a strange race of alien beings known as Phantoms. These Phantoms have made Earth uninhabitable, aside from a few protected cities. The film opens with Aki dreaming of an alien world, only to wake up on a space shuttle. She takes the shuttle down to Earth to find remnants of organic life. However, she’s soon trapped by Phantoms, determined to kill her, when she’s saved by a group of space marines, led by Captain Gray Edwards (Alec Baldwin), Aki’s former lover. It’s soon discovered that the plant Aki was after was part of a series of organisms that Aki and Sid are collecting to assemble a spiritual wave that they believe will counter the alien infestation at its source (a giant asteroid from which the Phantoms spawn).Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)Their theory is not a popular one, however. The human government still has armies, and their general, Hein (James Woods), has erected a giant space cannon which he intends to use to blow the asteroid to smithereens. Sid and Aki contend that this would irrevocably damage the planet, but without further proof, their protests fall on deaf ears. Now it’s up to Aki, Sid, Gray, and his team to find the remaining organisms so they can finish the wavelength before Hein uses the cannon. And Aki keeps having these strange dreams.Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within feels like what Aliens might have been like had James Cameron been into New Age philosophy. The space marines (voiced by Steve Buscemi, Frasier’s Peri Gilpin, and Ving Rhames) are reminiscent of those more famous marines in Cameron’s film. The overall design feels like it could have been in line with that world, and the idea of the Phantoms infecting you and taking you over from the inside feels very similar to the parasitic nature of Alien’s xenomorphs. In point of fact, the one thing it doesn’t feel similar to in any way, shape, or form is the Final Fantasy series of video games from which it derives its name. Dr. Sid is the most notable callback, as in almost every Final Fantasy game there is a character named Cid. Also, some of the other character names vaguely resemble those found in the games. The Gaia theory posited in the film is very similar to the Living Planet of Final Fantasy VII, but to no real effect. I can understand wanting to create a fresh story that newcomers and old fans alike could enjoy.Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)The film’s half-baked idealistic philosophies, combined with its often groan-inducing dialogue probably killed the movie more than any lack of resemblance to the video games. The whole conceit of the wavelength, while explained repeatedly and in excruciating detail, never quite gels. Similarly, Hein’s Zeus cannon doesn’t seem like a much better alternative, and it doesn’t help that he’s a terribly written villain. Of course, you have to respect James Woods’ ability to chew the scenery even when there isn’t any actual scenery to chew. I mean no disrespect to Mr. Woods, as he’s one of my favorite actors, but he’s so over the top here it hurts.The rest of the cast fare marginally better. Ming-na has a respectable voice acting pedigree that serves her well, as does Peri Gilpin (most recently heard in the animated Hellboy projects). Steve Buscemi and Ving Rhames don’t take their roles too seriously, which works to their advantage. Alec Baldwin, aside from being a great actor, lends his voice to one of the most memorable cartoon characters of recent memory (that of Leonardo Leonardo from the Clerks animated series), but he plays it straight here and is fairly disappointing. It doesn’t help that his character is animated to look exactly like Ben Affleck. I’m not kidding. This movie’s worth renting just to see how meticulously the filmmakers recreated every facet of Affleck’s face–only to give him Baldwin’s voice.Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)That does bring up an important point, though. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was meant to be the first in a series of computer generated films that were photo realistic. And while it’s clear the film is CGI, it still looks damn impressive. The character models are exquisite, making the more cartoony offerings from Pixar or Dreamworks just seem amateurish by comparison (and I know that Pixar and Dreamworks aren’t striving for realism, I’m just saying how one looks against the other). The environments are amazingly detailed, and the movie is just a beauty to behold. Unfortunately, the film’s complete and utter financial failure bankrupted Square Pictures, although they did manage to make The Final Flight of the Osiris for Warner Bros. Animatrix project before closing shop. Square returned in 2005/2006 with Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, which looked even more spectacular than Spirits Within, but did not see a U.S. theatrical release.Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within deserved a better fate than it got at the box office, but that doesn’t mean it’s a great movie. While it certainly was a great technological breakthrough, it didn’t have the story or characters to make it work.

REVIEW: POKÈMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU

Starring

Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
Justice Smith (Paper Towns)
Kathryn Newton (The Society)
Suki Waterhouse (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Omar Chaparro (Overboard)
Chris Geere (After Earth)
Ken Watanabe (Batman Begins)
Bill Nighy (Underworld)
Rita Ora (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Karan Soni (Deadpool)
Josette Simon (Wonder Woman)
Ryoma Takeuchi (Kamen Rider Drive)

Ryan Reynolds, Kathryn Newton, and Justice Smith in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)In the Pokémon universe, Tim Goodman is a 21-year-old insurance appraiser who has given up Pokémon training due to the death of his mother and the absence of his father, Harry. He travels to Ryme City – a metropolis where humans and Pokémon live together as equals – to collect Harry’s assets following his apparent death in a car crash. In Harry’s apartments, Tim encounters a deerstalker-clad Pikachu that can speak and only he can somehow understand; the pair then escape from an attack by a throng of Aipom[c] under the influence of an “R”-labeled purple gas that Tim accidentally released upon inspection. Ryan Reynolds, Kathryn Newton, and Justice Smith in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)They take shelter at a café where Pikachu reveals that he is an amnesiac detective who was Harry’s police partner, and that they were investigating a case together when Harry disappeared. They look for Lucy Stevens, a fluff columnist and aspiring reporter suspicious of Harry’s death, who Tim had previously encountered. She leads Pikachu and Tim to Ryme Wharf and, after interrogating a Mr. Mime there, are directed to an illegal Pokemon fighting arena owned by Sebastian. He demands a rematch with Pikachu, who previously defeated Sebastian’s Charizard. However, after Sebastian gives Charizard a dose of the R gas, Tim attempts to save Pikachu during the rematch after it becomes obvious that Pikachu cannot remember how to use his electric powers. Sebastian then mishandles the R gas and accidentally releases it into the stadium, causing havoc. Sebastian tells Tim that he got the R gas from “the doctor”.Ryan Reynolds in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)After confronting police lieutenant Hideo Yoshida about Harry’s apparent death and the possibility of his survival, Tim and Pikachu are brought before Ryme City’s benefactor Howard Clifford by his bodyguard Ms. Norman, who reveals to them that Harry indeed survived his car crash, which was caused by an attack from a recently escaped Mewtwo, which took him away and left Pikachu with amnesia. Howard warns them of his son, Roger, who he claims is in de facto control of his company and the city.Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)Pikachu and Tim recruit Lucy and her Psyduck on an expedition to the lab facility Harry was investigating, where they learn Sebastian’s “doctor”, Ann Laurent, was a researcher aided by Harry, who had been experimenting on Mewtwo, recaptured after escaping 20 years earlier. They are soon attacked by several Greninja who chase them out of the building, but are fended off by Psyduck. They then escape a field of colossal Torterra, but Pikachu is gravely injured. Tim manages to communicate with a Bulbasaur and takes Pikachu to a clearing in the forest where they are greeted by Mewtwo, who heals Pikachu and restores some of his memories, which show that he was the one who released Mewtwo from the lab. Mewtwo attempts to reveal its intent, but is captured by Roger. Thinking that he betrayed Harry to a vengeful Mewtwo, Pikachu leaves Tim while the others return to Ryme City to warn Howard. Pikachu comes across the area where Harry’s car crash occurred, and finds evidence that the Greninja attacked Harry, not Mewtwo.Ryan Reynolds in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)Tim reaches Howard, but learns too late that he intends to transfer his consciousnesses into Mewtwo and use its powers to fuse Pokémon with their owners, with the assistance of the R gas, believing that he will help both species to reach the next stage of their evolution. Howard also explains that he hired Harry to help capture and experiment on Mewtwo in order to perfect the mind transfer device under the guise of finding a cure for Howard’s deteriorating health, but Harry and Pikachu began to figure out what was really going on and helped Mewtwo escape, so Howard had him killed. Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)Tim also learns that “Roger” and Ms. Norman have both actually been the same shape-shifting Ditto, with the real Roger having been tied up, gagged, and hidden. As Howard in Mewtwo’s body starts fusing humans with Pokémon, Pikachu arrives and finally summons his electricity powers to battle Mewtwo, Tim defeat Ditto by spreading R gas cylinder to Ditto and fending off Mewtwo long enough for Tim to free Mewtwo from Howard’s control. Mewtwo restores everyone to normal while Howard is arrested by the police. Ryan Reynolds in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)After Lucy and Tim make plans to celebrate, it is revealed that Mewtwo had kept Harry’s body and fused his consciousnesses with Pikachu’s because he was injured from the crash after Pikachu begged Mewtwo to help him, losing both their own memories by result. Mewtwo states that while it still thinks humanity is evil, this ordeal has taught it that not all humans are bad. After Mewtwo unfuses and restores them and leaves, a fully revived Harry offers Tim the chance to return home, but Tim decides to stay in order to learn how to become a detective and spend time with him and Pikachu.Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)Detective Pikachu stays true to its source material, and it tells a heart-warming story, accompanied with great visuals and some great comedy. If something, this movie might have broken the bad quality videogame-based movies

REVIEW: BLOODRAYNE 3: THE BLOOD REICH

CAST

Natassia Malthe (Elektra)
Brendan Fletcher (News Movie)
Michael Pare (The Virgin Suicides)
Willam Belli (American Pie 3)
Annett Culp (Verbotene Liebe)
Clint Howard (Austin Powers 2)

Rayne fights against the Nazis in Europe during World War II with the French resistance, encountering Ekart Brand, a Nazi leader whose goal is to inject Adolf Hitler with Rayne’s blood in an attempt to transform him into an all powerful dhampir and attain immortality.2006_bloodrayne_013The film opens with train cars full of humans being sent to concentration camps when they’re intercepted by a French resistance group. Soon, Rayne (Natassia Malthe) arrives and kills most of the Nazi troops and corners their commandant in a train car. As the two talk, a Nazi shoots Rayne, splashing her blood on the commandant’s face. Rayne kills the soldier before impaling the commandant on a pole and leaving him to die. Rayne soon converses with the leader of the resistance, Nathaniel, who is aware that Rayne is a dhampir. After finding the train cars full of prisoners, the resistance and Rayne decide to work together to fight the Nazis. After they leave however, the commandant is revealed to have survived his presumed death as a result of some of Rayne’s blood getting in his mouth, implying that he is a dhampir. Back at the headquarters of the Third Reich, a scientist named Mangler (Clint Howard) is torturing vampires as a way of studying them so he can make Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich immortal. A Third Reich lieutenant informs the doctor that the commandant was attacked by a ‘vampire’ in the daytime, intriguing his interest.bloodrayne00Elsewhere, Rayne heads to a brothel to get a massage when she overhears a soldier beating on one of the women. Rayne easily beats the man down, forcing the owner of the brothel to close early, despite being warned that the Nazis would suspect something. She ignores the warning and warns Rayne that she’d not be a problem for her business. As Rayne prepares to leave, a voluptuous woman stops Rayne and thanks her for saving the woman from before. Initially refusing at first, the woman seduces Rayne and has sex with her.bloodrayne-2-deliverance-blu-rayEven with such a short running time, The Third Reich, manages to drag along, half-heartedly attempting to provide a narrative for a bland heroine played by an actress who looks the part but once she opens her mouth, makes one long for the days of Lokken.

 

REVIEW: BLOODRAYNE 2: DELIVERANCE

CAST

Natassia Malthe (Elektra)
Zack Ward (Transformers)
Michael Pare (The Virgin Suicides)
Chris Coppola (Beowulf)
Chris Spencer (Being Mary Jane)
Brendan Fletcher (News Movie)
Sarah-Jane Redmond (Smallville)
John Novak (Wishmaster 3)
Tyron Leitso (Wonderfalls)
Jodelle Ferland (Kingdom Hospital)
Mike Dopud (Stargate Universe)

bloodrayne-2-deliverance-blu-rayNewton Piles (Chris Coppola), a reporter on assignment for the Chicago Chronicle, has come to the town of Deliverance, Montana, to record tales of the Wild West. The peaceful and quiet town is expecting the arrival of the first Transcontinental Railroad in one week. Along with the railroad however, arrives an unwelcome and deadly guest, a vampiric Billy the Kid. Using the railway, the 357-year-old Transylvanian vampire is building an army of cowboy vampires to take over the country and create a vampire kingdom in the New World. Billy and his horde go on a rampage, slaughtering townspeople and rounding up children. Billy spares Newton’s life and promises Newton the greatest story ever told.MCDBLOO EC029Billy’s plans hit a snag when Rayne arrives in the town. Rayne is a Dhampir, the product of an unnatural union between a vampire and a human: she wields all the powers of a vampire, yet none of the weaknesses. Born over a century earlier in Romania, Rayne has hunted vampires for a long time and now she sets her sights on Billy.MCDBLOO EC032Naturally, Bloodrayne 2 also contains all the ulcer inducing Uwe Boll-isms we’ve come to know and loathe and even some new ones! There’s slow-motion death scenes, the dumb as nails dialogue, scenes dragging on needlessly due to a lack of editing, and vampires dying and sounding like squealing pigs.

REVIEW: BLOODRAYNE

CAST

Kristanna Loken (Painkiller jane)
Michael Madsen (Powers)
Matthew Davis (The Vampire Diaries)
Michelle Rodriguez (S.W.A.T.)
Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3)
Will Sanderson (Alone in The Dark)
Geraldine Chaplin (Chaplin)
Udo Kier (Blade)
Meat Loaf (Fight Club)
Michael Pare (The Virgin Suicides)
Billy Zane (The Scorpion King 3)
T.J. Storm (VR Troopers)
Mike Dopud (Stargate Universe)

The film centers on the character of Rayne, an unholy breed of human and vampire called a Dhampir. Dhampir are unaffected by crucifixes and do not thirst for human blood. She is the daughter of the Vampire King Kagan who has gathered an army of thralls, both vampire and human, in order to annihilate the human race. She was conceived when Kagan raped her mother, and she later witnessed him killing her.Sebastian, Vladimir, and Katarin are three members of the Brimstone Society, who fight vampires. They hear of a carnival freak who may be a Dhampir, so Vladimir plans to recruit her in order to kill Kagan. Kagan is also hunting for her, fearing she will interfere with his plans. Rayne escapes captivity at the carnival. On the road, she encounters and saves a family being attacked by vampires. A fortune teller reveals to Rayne that Kagan has become the most powerful vampire in the land and resides in a well-protected castle. She tells Rayne that Kagan seeks an ancient talisman, a mystical eye, and if she finds it, it would allow her to gain an audience with Kagan. Rayne sets out to the monastery to find it.2006_bloodrayne_013Rayne shelters for the night at the monastery and later sneaks away to where the talisman is guarded by a hammer-wielding, deformed monk. The talisman is further protected by booby traps, and when Rayne lifts it from its pedestal, the chamber floods with holy water. As Rayne hangs from the ceiling to avoid the water, the talisman falls from the box but she catches the eyeball. Examining it closely, the eye magically becomes absorbed into her own eye, and when she falls into the water she is somehow unaffected by it. When she leaves the chamber, the monks explain the artifact is one of three body parts which came from an ancient vampire called Belial, who had found a way to overcome the weaknesses of a vampire. The eye overcomes holy water; the rib overcomes the cross; and the heart overcomes sunlight. The parts have been hidden across the lands. As Kagan wants all these parts, it becomes the heroes’ mission to stop him.maxresdefaultRayne is brought to the headquarters of the Brimstone society and they agree to work together to kill Kagan. Katarin does not trust Rayne and betrays Brimstone to her father, Elrich, who has fallen in league with Kagan, but seeks to betray him and gain power for himself. The location of the heart talisman is known to Katarin as her grandfather hid it in water-filled caves. She seeks it out but Rayne fights and kills her for it. With the talisman, Rayne attempts to gain an audience before Kagan, but he takes the heart and throws her in the dungeon. He plans to extract the eye as part of a ritual. He realizes too late Rayne had only given him an empty box and not the heart. Sebastian and Vladimir intervene, battling Kagan and his minions, but both are fatally wounded, leaving Rayne in a final battle against Kagan. As Sebastian dies he fires a final bolt from his crossbow, but Kagan is too quick and is able to catch it. Rayne is able to summon her last reserves of strength and plunge the bolt into his heart. The battle ends. Rayne seats herself in Kagan’s throne. The film ends when Rayne leaves the castle and goes to the mountains.bloodrayne00As an adaptation of the video game, BloodRayne fails pretty miserably because it changes too many character traits in the lead and completely disregards important plot points in the source material. As a horror movie, BloodRayne also fails pretty miserably because it just isn’t scary or even particularly suspenseful. When all things are seriously considered, BloodRayne is in fact a pretty bad film full of predictable characters, obvious plot twists. Ben Kingsley simply sleepwalk through the film and to see Michael Madsen trying his damnedest to look like he knows what is happening around him. All of this while Lokken chops peoples heads off, screams a lot, and generally overacts. BloodRayne is a train wreck, but it sure is a fun one.

REVIEW: WANTED

CAST

James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse)
Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight)
Angelina Joelie (Maleficent)
Thomas Kretschmann (Dracula)
Common (Termiantor Salvation)
Konstantin Khabensky (Night Watch)
Marc Warren (The Vice)
Terence Stamp (Superman 1 & 2)
Chris Pratt (Jurassic World)
Kristen Hager (Aliens vs Predator: Requiem)

In Chicago, 24-year-old Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) works at a dead-end desk job with an overbearing boss, takes anti-anxiety medication for panic attacks, and has an unfaithful live-in girlfriend who cheats on him with his friend and colleague, Barry (Chris Pratt). One night at the pharmacy, Wesley is told by a woman named Fox (Angelina Jolie) that his recently murdered father was an assassin, and the killer, a man named Cross (Thomas Kretschmann), is now hunting him. Cross and Fox engage in a shoot-out with hi-tech guns. Wesley panics and runs into the parking lot followed by Cross who steals a truck and attempts to run Wesley down. Fox flips Wesley into her car and then calmly executes a spectacular escape.

Wesley awakens in a mysterious factory surrounded by Fox and other fellow assassins. The group’s leader, Sloan (Morgan Freeman), forces Wesley at gunpoint to shoot the wings off of several flies buzzing around a trash can, which he does, much to Wesley’s shock. Sloan explains that Wesley’s panic attacks are actually the untrained expression of a rare ability that allows Wesley’s body to distribute massive amounts of adrenaline, granting superhuman strength, speed, and heightened perception. He reveals that Wesley’s father, as well as Cross, were members of the Fraternity, a secret society of assassins that maintains balance in the world. Sloan wants to teach him to become an assassin so that he may help them kill Cross.

Wesley awakens the next morning in his apartment, quickly stashing the gun Sloan gave him (which belonged to his father) in his toilet. He then discovers that his bank account now contains several million dollars. Filled with new confidence, Wesley snaps in a public outburst against his boss before picking up his keyboard and hitting Barry in the face with it as he leaves. Fox arrives while Wesley is outside looking at newspaper headlines that he is wanted by police over the previous night’s shooting.

Wesley begins training as an assassin under Fox’s tutelage, studying under different specialized assassins (the Butcher teaches knife fighting, the Gunsmith teaches marksmanship, and the Repairman teaches endurance and hand-to-hand combat). Frustrated by his lack of progress and the brutality of the training, Wesley insists to Sloan he is ready, but is denied going after Cross. Fox, overhearing Wesley complaining, beats him until he admits he does not know who he is. Sloan tells Wesley about his father, and how he was betrayed by Cross. Reinvigorated with new purpose, Wesley begins to take his training to heart and starts to excel. Sloan then shows him the Loom of Fate, which gives the names of future targets through errors in the fabric. Those whom the Loom identifies will apparently create evil and chaos in the future, but only Sloan can see and interpret the messages. After his first assassination, Wesley tells Fox that he is questioning whether the Fraternity is right. Fox tells him about how her father was burned alive by a hired killer who had been targeted by the Loom weeks beforehand, but a Fraternity member had failed to pull the trigger.

After several missions, Wesley returns to his old apartment to retrieve his father’s gun. He soon has a shootout with Cross, wherein Wesley accidentally kills the Exterminator, a Fraternity member he had befriended. Cross shoots Wesley in the shoulder. Sloan grants Wesley’s wish to avenge his father and sends him after Cross—but then secretly gives Fox a mission to kill Wesley, saying that his name had come up in the Loom, as well. Analyzing the bullet that hit Wesley, it is discovered that it was manufactured by a man named Pekwarsky. Wesley and Fox capture Pekwarsky, who arranges a meeting with Cross. Wesley faces Cross alone on a moving train. Fox steals a car and crashes it into the train, causing a derailment. After Cross saves Wesley from falling into a ravine, Wesley fatally shoots him. Before dying, Cross reveals that he is Wesley’s real father. Fox confirms this, and explains that Wesley was recruited because he was the only person Cross would not kill. Fox points her gun at Wesley, but he shoots the glass under him and falls into the river.

Wesley is retrieved by Pekwarsky, who takes him to Wesley’s late father’s apartment (which is located just opposite to his own) and explains that Sloan started manufacturing targets for profit after discovering that he was targeted by the Loom of Fate, and he did not tell the Fraternity members that they were now nothing more than paid killers. Cross discovered the truth, went rogue, and started killing Fraternity members to keep them away from his son. Pekwarsky departs, stating that Wesley’s father wished him a life free of violence. Wesley, however, decides to kill Sloan after discovering a secret room containing all of his father’s weapons and schematics to attack the Fraternity.

Wesley launches a single all out assault on the Fraternity using explosive rats (a tactic he learned from the Exterminator), killing a majority of them in an explosive gun battle. Upon entering Sloan’s office, he is surrounded and reveals Sloan’s deception. Sloan reveals that all of the assassins’ names had come up in the weaving, and that he had acted to protect them. He gives the members a choice: kill themselves, per the code, or kill Wesley and maintain their power over the world. As the Gunsmith and others prepare to kill Wesley, Fox curves a bullet around the room, choosing to follow the code and kill everyone. She throws her gun to Wesley before being killed by her own bullet. Wesley pursues Sloan to the now destroyed Loom chamber, but Sloan manages to escape.

Afterwards, Wesley checks his bank account and sees that Sloan has seized his funds, leaving Wesley broke again. A man is seen at Wesley’s desk much later. Sloan appears and points a gun at the back of the man’s head. The man turns around and is revealed to be a decoy. Sloan sees an “X” on the floor, and, shocked, says, “Oh, fuck.”, and is killed by Wesley using a long-distance bullet. Wesley states this is him taking back control from his life before turning to the audience and asking “What the fuck have you done lately?”Overall this was a very good film, with enough thrills and spills to keep you entertained and a plot that keeps you interested throughout. It is one you could easily watch more than once and if you have yet to see this I recommend you check it out at some point in the near future.

REVIEW: HITMAN: AGENT 47

CAST
Rupert Friend (Homeland)
Hannah Ware (Cop Out)
Zachary Quinto (Star Trek)
Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones)
Angelababy (Independence Day: Resurgence)
Thomas Kretschmann (Dracula)
Jurgen Prochnow (The Da Vinci Code)
Decades ago, Dr. Piotr Litvenko (Ciarán Hinds) was the head of a program to create clone soldiers, “perfect assassins” with enhanced strength, intelligence, and reflexes, and the inability to feel emotions like guilt or remorse. After having a crisis of conscience, Litvenko disappeared, leaving behind his daughter Katia. Years later Katia, now adult, (Hannah Ware) lives in Berlin. She works tirelessly to find her father, and is plagued by overwhelming anxiety and an acute awareness of everything around her, even being able to see and hear things well outside a person’s normal sensory radius. Katia is approached at a subway station by a man calling himself John Smith (Zachary Quinto).
Rupert Friend and Hannah Ware in Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
He tells her that Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) is on his way to kill her, and offers her protection, while alluding that he has information about her father. 47 finds and attacks the pair, who are able to escape, but not before 47 grazes Katia’s arm with a sniper bullet. Smith and Katia hide out in a hotel room where the former explains that he is an operative for a corporation known as Syndicate International, and Katia shows him her map of clues to finding her father. Katia asks John to tell her whatever he knows about her father. John responds with Litvenko’s age, medical condition (rheumatoid arthritis) and that he speaks several different languages – including Tamil. He also says that he has stage 3 lung cancer. With these facts, Katia figures out that her dad would be living in a country which has a warm climate where orchids can grow, moreover with advanced medical treatments available. Just as she is about to determine the country, 47 bursts through the door, shoots Smith in the chest, and knocks Katia unconscious. Elsewhere, 47’s handler Diana (Angelababy) contacts another Agent with a contract.
Once Katia awakens, 47 explains to her that she too, is an Agent, only Katia is more advanced than even 47 himself (he even explains that her real name is “quatre-vingt-dix”; which is French for “90”). He shows her how to use her heightened senses in combat, as the two fight against Syndicate forces. They are confronted by Smith, who reveals to have a genetically engineered internal body armor, allowing him to have survived being shot by 47. Despite all these, Katia is not all pleased for being chosen to be a killing machine. Smith demands to know Litvenko’s location. After a brief fight, 47 and Katia manage to escape. Katia makes 47 promise that he won’t harm her father and finally reveal’s Litvenko’s location: Singapore.
Once there, they find Litvenko, who frequently needs an inhaler to breathe. He apologizes to Katia for abandoning her, saying that he only wanted to keep her safe. He refers to 47 as her “brother”, saying that he had left her with family after all. Just then, Syndicate soldiers attack the group and they are forced to flee. During the escape, Litvenko is captured by the Syndicate but not before being slipped an explosive-rigged inhaler by 47.

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At Syndicate International headquarters, Smith tortures Litvenko under the supervision of Syndicate director Antoine LeClerq (Thomas Kretschmann). Litvenko still refuses to reopen the Agent program. While Katia crashes a helicopter into the building, 47 infiltrates the headquarters disguised as a firefighter. The two fight their way through Syndicate security forces, and 47 is once again confronted by Smith. With Smith being impervious to bullets, 47 defeats Smith by electrocuting him. On the rooftop, 47 and Katia fight their way through the last of the Syndicate’s security, but not before LeClerq escapes in a helicopter with Litvenko. In mid-air, Litvenko detonates the inhaler given to him by 47, ensuring that the Syndicate will not come after Katia. 47 then calls Diana and confirms his first target (LeClerq) has been eliminated. When Diana asks about the second target (Katia), 47 drops his phone off the side of the building. As the two prepare to leave, they are confronted by Agent 48, an exact look-alike of Agent 47, who tells them “Diana says ‘Hello'” before a gun battle begins between them. A mid-credits scene shows the electrocuted body of Smith, now with white hair and a ghostly pale complexion, as he jolts awake.
One of the best game to movie I’ve seen. For an action movie fairly intelligent with a good switch of rolls part way through where the good guy becomes the bad guy and the bad guy becomes the good guy. I really enjoyed the progression of action sequences that in a game of the story would be the successive levels within the game, each level revealing a little more about the characters and the history that brings us to here, till the back story and this story converge for the final show down. A good solid action film.