Video game movies aren’t usually all that good. For every Warcraft, there are several Assassin’s Creeds. For every Mortal Kombat, there’s a Doom.
Were Warcraft and Mortal Kombat even any good?
One video game film that got people’s hopes up and then dropped a piano on them was Hitman. Starring Deadwood’s Timothy Olyphant, the movie should have been a fun romp across the world, enjoying the acting of a man at the very top of his “enraged stare” game.
Instead, we got a disjointed mess. And the guy who really plays Agent 47 isn’t too happy about it. Hollywood Reporter recently interviewed David Bateson, who has provided the voice acting for the bald antihero since the very beginning.
He’s clearly somewhat bitter about the direction the film took. He likes Olyphant as an actor, but doesn’t think he was at all right for the role. Overall, he believes the film should have taken more from the games, and been a little more subtle in its bloodshed.
Bateson also talks about the sequel, which starred Rupert Friend (Pride and Prejudice), his own work in the video games, and his thoughts about the franchise as a whole. It’s a good read and I recommend checking it out.
By the way, Bateson looks exactly like 47 himself. Why can’t he be in the film?
For my money, the best video game movie wasn’t even based on any particular game. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has aged magnificently, and if anything is even more fun to watch today.