I agree, it was a sad mess and a waste of my time.
To begin with I was surprised with the casting of Olyphant as 47.
Not because I was expecting to see Vin Diesel showing his old ass again, but after having seen Die Hard I got to dislike Olyphant for that role.
The movie seems to me to be a bit in favor of those who actually played the game back then. I heard people talking about how they didn't completely
understand the backstory, which is briefly "flash backed" through in the beginning.
As for the filming there wasn't really any interesting angles or exciting movements of the camera. It was pretty straight forward with some
halfhearted attempts to mimic the game cam and some really annoying straight on closeups like it was trying to put you in the seat as the receiver of
what ever the character who was speaking at the moment had to say.
I counted twice where this angle had no cimematic use what so ever... it was just... there.
If we look on the casting bit, I already mentioned Olyphant, but it does not stop here. I'd like to get back to the role of the badguy later.
The supporting actor playing the role of the "other good guy", Dougray Scott, was ok at times and at other times.. well, below ok.
I dunno if I picked up something on him subconsciencely while watching the odd episode of Desperate Housewives, but he never really earned my total
sympathy. He did an ok job, nothing more.
The role of 47s girl, played by Olga Kurylenko, was annoying. I haven't seen anything with her before so my experience of her couldn't be biased by
anything other than the athmosphere from the movie.
To me she came off as a wannabe Bond girl but unfortunately landed as an emo instead. She's no doubt a pretty girl this just might be the priliminary
steps for her career, but this movie doesn't get her there yet.
The random characters appearing as henchmen and what not where hopelessly cliché. The stereotypical russian secret agent trying to make the good guys
work as hard as posible.
Again we see a bad casting job and/or directing job, as many of these guys overact in both dialog and physical acting.
About the big bad boss. This role was given to the Danish actor Ulric Thomsen and me being Danish as well is the sole reason I save him for last.
Ulric has said himself that he was aware of the bad lines he was gonna be saying in this movie, but coming from a small country like Denmark that has
only spawned few international actors he couldn't really be choosy.
He did this for his CV...
And indeed yes, I've seen way better work from his part in the past.
His role is as cliche as the others and his lack of appearence throughout the movie makes sure you never really get a relationship to the bad boss.
His demise is somewhat disappointing too...
The fights were nothing spectacular... I would compare them to something similar to 90s Jackie Chan movies trying to do some Equilibrium.
I gotta admit though, there's something about fightscenes which includes swords
In short, I wish I hadn't spent the £9.50 for this movie and my mates actually felt the same way.
We went in and saw the movie even though we were already told that it had only received 1 star back in Denmark xD Before the movie started we agreed
that no matter what we would come out of that theatre saying "this was a good movie"... we all failed that agreement.
It was not a good movie
I follow the critics back home and serve 1½ stars
(maybe 2 on a good day)