Monday, May 25, 2009
My Guilty Pleasure
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I'm sorry, I love the movie "Hitman." I watched it again today for what has to be the bazillionth, gillianth, time and I can't seem to get enough of it.
First, let me say, I've never even seen the video game that the movie is based on. I'm not a video game movie buff, so to speak. I didn't particularly care for Laura Croft, Tomb Raider. But there's something about the mindless style of Hitman.
Timothy Olyphant is Agent 47, a man with no name and a questionable past. He is identified only by a tattoo of a barcode on the back of his bald head. Orphaned as a child, Agent 47 was kidnapped by a group called the Organization and trained to become the ultimate assassin--cold, unfeeling and relentless in his pursuit of his targets. He eventually ends up working for a segment of the government called the Agency. Of course, as these stories usually turn out, Agent 47 is suddenly faced with his own conscience, wanting to get out of the life. Throw in a beautiful, sexy, damsel in distress and you have the makings of a stylish, albeit low budget version of every espionage film ever made.
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So what is it that intrigues me about this particular style over substance flick? The operative word here is Style. Anyone who has read or reads my blog knows that I'm a sucker for sleek, cool, elegant style. Olyphant is brilliant as his straightforward, almost numbingly dry persona. His voice never changes, even when he is obviously smitten by his beautiful nemesis and property of the Russian villain, Belicoff. Olyphant, as Agent 47, manages to secrete just the right amount of sweat and to twitch oh so subtly as he attempts to keep his cool and maintain his calculated repression. And it doesn't hurt that they threw in one of the most beautiful supermodels turned actress from the Eastern Block. Olga Kurylenko is stunning as Nika. She even manages to bring a little lively humor to the film during her unsuccessful attempts to corrupt our hero.
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I know, I know, the movie, like the video game, is extremely violent. But I can't help it, I've always been intrigued with movies about secret agents, hitmen and assassins, male or female. My favorite television show during it's short run was Alias. Sydney was my all time favorite femme fatale (literally, the girl could kill a brick). And when she joined forces with her Dad, and her Mom, well, I was just in espionage heaven. Talk about a family affair! And let's not forget the many stylish looks that Sydney pulled off from week to week. She was amazing to say the least.
So there you have it. I'm guilty. I admit it. Maybe I'll try my hand at script writing and create my own femme, or homme fatale a la spy flick. I mean, hey, I've seen enough of them to at least give it a good assassin's shot...