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This review is from: Hitman - Extreme Edition  [DVD] (DVD)
I feel that I really need to defend my five star rating for this film when I have rated some arthouse classics lower.
It is great fun from beginning to end, it features some some dazzling action sequences. It brings together some great supporting actors in prominent roles. Dougray Scott was tremendous in Mission Impossible 2, Timothy Olyphant was tremendous in Die Hard 4, Olga Kurylenko was tremendous in Quantum of Solace.
It is also a really odd mix, the action has the full blooded feel of a John Woo action film, with many sequences feeling uncomfortably full on for a 15 certificate. But at its heart there is a touching relationship between Olyphant and Kurylenko. Although the action is brutal, it really does not take itself too seriously and at heart it is quite sweet.
There is also a good selection of extras, including an amusing gag reel and some even more gore soaked deleted scenes.
The original director was replaced so that the final edit could be brought down to a 15 certificate, but even so the film hangs together well.
With action films you don't expect great art, the art direction is proficient rather than outstanding, the script is similarly proficient, but there is a real energy and sense of fun about this film that makes it one well worth watching and rewatching.