Trailer Tuesday: Hitman
Hitman, based on the hit (ha ha!) series of Eidos videogames, is set for release in North America on 17 October 2007. Personally I've never played the games, but I know the series has a big following for its stealthy, thinking man's approach to assassination missions.
Judging from the film trailer, the big screen adaptation promises much the same. Actually, watching the trailer, I was mostly surprised how restrained it was for a video game adaptation. I particularly liked the use of Ave Maria's soaring vocals - very classy; and very appropriate given the games' somber tone.
What does most intrigue me though is the casting of Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47. At the moment he just seems too babyfaced in comparison to the game character, with his more mature, aquiline features. But perhaps Olyphant - an unusual casting choice, given the original rumours of Vin Diesel's casting - can pull the role off? We'll see...
Anyway, here's the Hitman plot synopsis:
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...