Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant) has been educated to become a professional assassin for hire, whose most powerful weapons are his nerve and a resolute pride in his work. 47 is both the last two digits of the barcode tattooed on the nape of his neck, and his only name.
The hunter becomes the hunted when 47 gets caught up in a political takeover. Both Interpol and the Russian military chase the Hitman across Eastern Europe as he tries to find out who set him up and why they’re trying to take him out of the game. But the greatest threat to 47’s survival may be the stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a beautiful, damaged girl…
“Hitman” hits on a couple of particular themes: betrayal and bureaucracy. The hitman (Timothy Olyphant), known as agent 47, is himself a target. Detective Mike Whittier (Dougray Scott) attempts to bring him in for the assassination of a Russian high official, but runs into bureaucracy of various kinds, which annoys him to no end. There is an amusing scene about midway through the film, in which several “hitmen” have their guns pointed at each other and they decide to “die with dignity” so they pull out swords and begin dueling! It is incredulous for sure but a bit entertaining. Unfortunately, the picture is peppered with violent scenes, most of them bloody. As the life is in the blood, the blood flows in this film, resulting in this picture focusing a lot on death. Besides the violence there is strong language, and upper female nudity, and therefore we cannot award our Dove Seal to this film as a family picture.