Hitman: Agent 47 based on the video game Hitman had a first not so successful outing back in 2007 with Timothy Olyphant starring as Agent 47. Eight years later someone has decided that the original is far enough in the past that the memory of how bad it was might have escaped our minds. The big question has to be is the 2015 incarnation any better than the false start back in 2007 ? The answer has to be yes, but then again it's not got much to live up to.

Hitman: Agent 47 starts as if the first film never existed, the prologue introduces us again to the Hitman and how he was genetically modified to be a killer hitman, the program created a number of super Hitmen and he's number 47 off the production line, hence his number. Rupert Friend (TV's Homeland) is now Agent 47 and is tasked with tracking down the daughter (Hannah Ware) of the man who created the hitmen, the hope being that she will lead him to her father.

However Agent 47 is not the only one on her trail with a shady organisation sending a agent of their own (Zachary Quinto) after her.

Hitman: Agent 47 is fast paced with plenty of action onscreen to paper over the wafer thin story line. The budget for this version would appear to be a massive step up from the low budget original. The one weakness unfortunately has to be Friend who appears totally uncomfortable in the lead role, where Olyphant brought some humour to the role and appeared to realise how ridiculous the whole things was, Friend is so serious that he's almost wooden. That aside Hitman: Agent 47 is a decent thriller with enough action to keep the audience entertained for the length of its running time.

Hitman: Agent 47 (15)

1hr 36min

Director: Aleksander Bach

Starring: Rupert Friend, Hannah
Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran
Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann

UK Release: Thursday 27th August 2015