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Hitman | 2007 | R | - 6.8.6

Action film based on the eponymous video game, about a professional assassin (Timothy Olyphant) who's been trained from a young age to fulfill his missions with efficiency and without questions. However, when his most recent assignment goes awry, he becomes the target and in trying to find out what's going on he also begins to develop tender feelings for a young woman. Also with Dougray Scott, Olga Kurylenko, Robert Knepper and Ulrich Thomsen. Directed by Xavier Gens. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A woman pushes a man onto a bed, stands over him and tells him to undress her; she climbs on top of him, unfastens his pants, moves her hips briefly, drops the front of her dress (her bare breasts are visible), kisses his neck and he renders her unconscious with a device.
 A woman gets out of bed wearing only thong panties that reveal bare buttocks, and her bare breasts are also visible; a man stares at her. A man showers and we see his bare shoulders and chest through a glass shower door. A woman wears a short, clinging dress that reveals cleavage and the outline of her breasts and nipples. A woman wears a very low-cut dress that reveals her bare back to the hip. A woman wears a short, slinky negligee, (cleavage, and her bare shoulders and back and bare thighs are visible). A woman wears a dress that is off the shoulder and reveals her bare shoulder and cleavage.
 Several scantily clad women sit on the laps of men in a club, and they kiss and caress them (there is an implication that they are prostitutes or "slave girls").
 A woman tells a man that she is not wearing underwear. A woman asks a man if they have time for foreplay. A man asks a woman on the street, "How much?" A woman tries to flirt with a man in a bar and he walks away. We are told that a person who looks like a woman is actually a man dressed like a woman.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Armed police move into a hotel, they ram a door down, a man inside the room jumps out of the window as the room explodes and crashes back in through a neighboring window; the man hides in an elevator shaft and shoots several armed men that are inside the elevator (we see them lying on the floor with blood splattered on the walls), the man is chased by another man with a gun, and he jumps out of another window and into water below (we hear that 16 law enforcement officers were killed).
 A man is shot by a sniper, blood splatters on a woman standing near him, another man is shot in the head (we see a bullet hole open and blood and matter splatter on many people around him), and two other men take aim in the direction of the shots, and there is an explosion.
 Four men with swords fight with slashes, punches and kicks: two men are first stabbed with swords (we hear crunches), one man is kicked through a window, he lands on his back on the platform, gets up and continues fighting; punches are exchanged, one man's arm is broken (we hear a crunch) and he is then hung by a belt (he twitches briefly and then is dropped to the floor dead).
 Men with guns ride in a truck, they push a bound and gagged man out of the truck and onto the ground (we see blood on his face and chest), they drag him by the hands into a building (we see human skulls painted red outside the compound), he is chained by the arms and a man with a machete approaches him; we see a stitched wound on the victim's throat, and an explosive device blows the man up (we see body parts in the air) and the other men around him are also thrown through the air.
 A helicopter opens fire on a building and bullets spray in a room where a man is seated in a chair (he is struck many times and blood splatters and sprays) and another man hides and is unharmed but the room is destroyed.
 A man with a sword slashes at a man, they fight with punches and kicks, blood spurts, we hear bones crack, and one man's head is slammed against the floor and stepped on (we see blood begin to pool).
 A man shoots a man in the head (blood sprays and splatters), the man injects another man in the neck with something that makes him twitch and fall unconscious and the gunman shoots two other men (blood splatters and sprays).
 A man chases another man through a train station, they fight, one shoots the other in the arm (we see blood) and then the shoulder (we see more blood) and while he lies moaning on the floor he is later shot in the chest.
 A sniper shoots at a man on a sidewalk, a person standing near him is struck, blood splatters and other people scream and run away. A man shoots another man in the head (we see the bloody bullet hole).
 A man shoots several security personnel (blood splatters), and they shoot back and forth until there are many dead bodies splattered with blood on the floor.
 A man shoots at a man who throws a gun at him knocking him down; he then picks up two automatic guns and begins shooting many people in a room (blood splatters and sprays and bodies flail), other men shoot back at him, and a grenade explodes blowing up one man and throwing another (we see one man soaked with blood and with a couple of open wounds).
 A man is shown sitting in a bathtub wrapped with barbed wire (we see blood on his chest and the wire digs into his flesh when he tries to get free) and attached to a mechanism that he is told will incinerate him if he does not do what he is told.
 We see several bodies covered with sheets in a morgue-like room (we can see the feet of a couple of the bodies), and we see severed limbs on other tables (blood and tissue are visible). We see a dead man on the floor with a large bullet hole in his head.
 A man is shot in the head (we do not see the bullet strike the man). Two boys run away from something, climb a fence and are shot at, and it looks like one boy is struck in the back (no blood is visible).
 A man is shot in the arm (blood spurts and the man screams) another man holds the shooter at gunpoint and the shooter shoots him in the chest (he is wearing a vest so there is no blood but we see a large bruise later and hear that his ribs were broken).
 A woman remembers being tied by the wrists and whipped by a man (we see the incident briefly and hear her scream). A man holds a woman by the hair and presses a gun into her eye socket (she whimpers, and he does not shoot her).
 A man standing behind a glass wall speaks to many people gathered in a church; the man is shot at three times, the glass shatters and he is rushed away unharmed while canisters spray a room with narcotic gas and many people panic and try to get out.
 A man with a gun grabs a woman by the throat and forces her into the trunk of a car, where there's a dead body (we see a very quick glimpse of a body, with blood on the clothing). A man presses a device against a woman's neck, it buzzes and she is rendered unconscious. A woman yells at a man, he grabs her by the arm and shoves her into a car.
 A man in a dark building is startled by another man and falls over a banister. A man holds a gun on another man.
 A man throws a flask at another man striking him.
 Men and women are shown sitting around a table, which is covered with alcohol, drugs and weapons.
 An order is given to shoot a man on sight. A man threatens to burn a building down. Two men argue over jurisdiction. A man receives orders for an assassination. It is implied that a man beats a woman and that he "bought" her. We hear that a man does business in weapons, drugs and "slave girls."
 We see people gathered at a funeral.
 We see the back of a young boy's head being tattooed and a small bit of blood is visible. A woman has a tattoo and a piercing on her face.
 A man who has had too much alcohol moans and flops forward at a table, and we then hear him vomiting in a bathroom (with gagging and splattering).


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LANGUAGE 6 - 15 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 1 sexual reference, 9 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 5 mild obscenities, 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Men and women are shown sitting around a table that is covered with alcohol, drugs and weapons and we see a couple of people snorting a drug and others drinking alcohol and/or smoking cigarettes. A man who has had too much alcohol moans and flops forward at a table, we then hear him vomiting in a bathroom, a man drinks alcohol from a flask, a woman drinks wine and appears to be drunk, and a man drinks alcohol in a bar. A man smokes a cigarette in a few scenes, a woman in a bar smokes a cigarette, and a man puts a cigarette in his mouth but does not light it.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Hired assassins, discipline, Interpol, CIA, Russian intelligent agencies, conspiracies, secret police, prostitution, dignity, indifference, decency, greed.

MESSAGE - Even trained assassins can show mercy, at least from time to time.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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