Unlike the previous Hitman movie, this one didn't feel like just another "video game movie". In comparison to the first film, this sequel had a slightly better plot. There are few minor twists and surprises that helped keep some parts of the movie interesting. (As long as you don't watch the trailer) Of course, this film doesn't shy away from giving you plenty of action scenes from the very beginning all the way to very end. The character of "John Smith", played by Zachary Quinto, was decent given how his character tied into the story.
The Bad:While the quantity of action was high, the quality of the action is what took a bit of a downfall in this film. The fights, chase scenes, and weapon use weren't horrible, but it just felt like it was one step away from being better. The action scenes seemed to be caught in limbo between being real and gritty, to being superficially Hollywood. My guess is that if it had used the same fight or stunt choreographer from John Wick, this movie would've been so much better. Unfortunately, despite having a few twists and turns in the story, some of them were relatively easy to predict. Lastly, even though the movie was only 1.5 hours, it seemed to drag in some moments a little too long.
The Reason:For some brief moments I felt as though there were elements of The Matrix, Terminator 2, mixed in with the first Hitman movie. That is not to say that this movie lived up to those films, just that it borrowed some similar themes. Action-junkies may be the main ones who like this film the most, but I hardly see it being accepted by the masses. I think after watching this movie, you may come away thinking that if you had seen this on TV instead, it would've been a really good movie. Don't feel pressured into watching the first Hitman Movie, as this one was kind of like a reboot. Word of caution: The trailers ruined and spoiled a lot of the twists in the movie, so avoid them if you can. If you decide to see it in theaters, do it for the cheap matinee price, and I don't think you'll regret it afterwards. Feel free to go see it, but just go in with really low expectations.
The Rating: 6.5/10