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The Marshall Mathers LP
Genre - Hip Hop / Rap
The title of the album derives from Eminem's real name, Marshall Mathers.
Eminem's second major album is absolutely incredible: Who would have thought that it would be even better than his previous album, the fantastic Slim Shady LP! Another gritty and sometimes very dark album that it certainly delves deeply into Eminem's personal life. Fantastic, intelligent lyrics and great beats from Dr Dre make this album a must have. The record hit the number 1 spot on many album charts all around the world: It sold 1,760,049 copies in its' first week of release, which made it the fastest selling rap album in history.
The album isn't for the light-hearted and may offend some listeners. It is certainly controversial, with references to drugs and murder along with attacks on celebrities such as Britney Spears and Nsync.
1 - Public Service Announcement 2000 (skit)
2 - Kill You
3 - Stan ft Dido
4 - Paul (skit)
5 - Who Knew
6 - Steve Berman (skit)
7 -The Way I Am
8 - The Real Slim Shady
9 - Remember Me? ft Sticky Fingaz & RBX
10 - I'm Back
11 - Marshall Mathers
12 - Ken Kaniff" (skit)
13 - Drug Ballad ft Dina Rae
14 - Amityville ft Bizarre from D-12
15 - Bitch Please II ft Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, & Xzibit
16 - Kim
17 - Under the Influence with D-12
18 - Criminal
The Real Slim Shady
The Way I Am
A limited addition of the album was also available for a short period and contains the original album along with a bonus disk. The bonus disk features instrumental versions of The Real Slim Shady, The Way I Am and Stan. It also features a great little comedy (South Park parody) song called The Kids and a remix of The Way I Am featuring Marilyn Manson. The disk is also enhanced, and contains uncensored music videos for the three singles.
The whole album is great, but certain songs in particular really stand out: THE REAL SLIM SHADY is typical comedy Eminem and reached Number 1 in ok. A very catchy song that parodies typical pop songs. THE WAY I AM was the song that really blew me away the first time I heard the album. Really great bassline and an altogether darker feel to the song. STAN is another great song that again took the number 1 spot in the UK and features a sample from the Dido Song 'Thank You'. The song is again quite dark and very powerful, the story of a deranged fan whose obsession with Eminem leads him to suicide and murder. Although like most of Eminem's stuff, the song is controversial, it is also very unique: It is hailed by many as one of the greatest rap songs of all time. KIM is a very powerful song that may well offend a lot of people, as it depicts the murder of his wife Kim.. The song is a prequel to '97 Bonnie and Clyde' that features on the Slim Shady LP. CRIMINAL is another strong song, and a great end to the album. It's opening parodies the opening of 'Still Don't Give a F***' on the Slim Shady LP. The song features some very witty and catchy lyrics along with a great bassline.
All in all, I feel that this is a fantastic album and well worth adding to your CD collection if you don't already have it. It can be picked up relatively inexpensively from many online stores.
Released - 23rd May 2000
Music From And Inspired By 8 Mile
Genre: Rap/hip Hop
One of the best soundtrack albums I own, released in 2002 but it still sounds fresh today!
1. Lose Yourself - Eminem
2. Love Me - Obie Trice, 50 Cent
3. 8 Mile - Eminem
4. Adrenaline Rush - Obie Trice
5. Places To Go - 50 Cent
6. Rap Game - D12, 50 Cent
7. 8 Miles & Runnin - Jay Z and Freeway
8. Spit Shine - with Xzibit
9. Time Of My Life - Macy Gray
10. U Wanna Be Me - with Nas
11. Wanksta - with 50 Cent
12. Wasting My Time - with Boomat
13. R.A.K.I.M - with Rakim
14. That's My Nigga For Real - with Young Zee
15. Battle - with Gang Starr
16. Rabbit Run - Eminem
LOSE YOURSELF is the first track on the album; a fantastic track that was very well received at the time of release and still sounds great today. PLACES TO GO by 50 Cent is another great track and in my opinion, one of his best. 8 MILE and RABBIT RUN by Eminem are both great tracks and should certainly have you nodding your head! 8 MILES AND RUNNIN by Jay Z and featuring Freeway is another little gem on the album. When you throw in great tracks from Xzibit, Obie Trice, D-12, Nas, Rakim, Young Zee and Gangstarr you have a wicked album!
The only songs that I don't really like on the album come from Macy Gray and Boomkat... the songs are ok but quite a bit too R&B sounding for my liking. I wouldn't have put them on the album.
Release date: 28 October 2002
Run time: 68.13 mins
On the whole, the album certainly captures the feel of the film and is a very worthwhile investment. If you liked the film, Eminem, or Rap Music in general you'll like this.
Awesome album from start to finish! Two fantastic vocalists make Mushroomhead stand out above so many others!
Aggressive metal to the Max!
BEFORE I DIE - Fantastic, aggressive album opening.
BWOMP - Another aggressive track that will blow you away!
SOLITAIRE UNRAVELING - Starts a little slowly but builds into a fantastic track.
THESE FILTHY HANDS - Another great song...love it!
NEVER LET IT GO - Melodies and fast vocals combine to make for a very good track.
XEROXED - The first song on the album that I did not think was great.. although it is certainly worth a listen.
THE WRIST - One of the highlights on this great album... the piano makes it almost beautiful in it\'s own twisted way!
CHANCRE SORE - Good song.
THE NEW CULT KING - Great song.. vocally very strong although there is not a lot going on.
EMPTY SPACES - Unusual song.. more of a skit.
BORN OF DESIRE - Very Aggressive, very good song! Love it.
43 - Very strong musically and vocally, another highlight on the album.
FEAR HELD DEAR - Nice song.. a bit more chilled.
TOO MUCH NOTHING - Good Song, not as aggressive as some of the others before it.
EPISODE 29 - Good ending to the album features some strong playing but no real vocals to speak of.
The album also features a fantastic extended version of BWOMP as a bonus track. (Some versions of the album have slightly different track listings)
This album is one of a kind: Mushroomhead have a fantastic and very unique sound. Musically and vocally this is one of the best metal albums out there. I highly recommend that you add this to your collection!
Ohh.. and see them live if you get a chance... AWESOME!!
Good little album this! Yeah I don't like all of the tracks, but most are great.. and I\'m not even a big fan of WWF/WWE!
DROWNING POOL - THE GAME - This track is outstanding; a fantastic opening to the album! \'Here comes the pain\'. This is the kinda music I\'d want playing if I was fighting!
KID ROCK - LEGS - Nice upbeat track.. not really my kind of thing though.
CREED - YOUNG GROW OLD - I\'m not normally a fan of Creed but catchy riffs, great lyrics and some strong play make this a great track!
DISTURBED - GLASS SHATTERS - This is Stone Cold\'s theme and it kicks a***. Disturbed come onto the album with their usual aggressive sound and it works a treat! Love this song.
LIMP BIZKIT - ROLLIN - The swearing has been cut from this track... as much as I hate to say it this really does take away from the track to the extent that it puts me off listening to it.
OUR LADY PEACE - WHATEVER - I had never heard of Our Lady Peace before the release of this album, but I was really impressed with this track. It is not as heavy as some of the others but it\'s great none the less.
ROB ZOMBIE - NEVER GONNA STOP (REMIX) - Love it! This is a great Zombie track.
BREAKING POINT - ONE OF A KIND - I love the chorus on this song; another little aggressive gem that fits in well on the album.
MARILYN MANSON - BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE (REMIX) - Love this song and was very glad that it featured on the album.
THE UNION UNDERGROUND - ACROSS THE NATION - Quite funky and is the kinda track you\'d want at a party!
SEVENDUST - BREAK THE WALLS - Awesome song.. heavy riffs and real aggressive tunage! Small exerts from WWF commentary on the track make it even stronger!
SALIVA - TURN THE TABLES - This track took a while to grow on me.. but now I appreciate it for the aggressive, a*** kicking track that it is!
MONSTER MAGNET- This song is totally awesome! I loved from the moment I heard it and often (try to) sing along at the top of my voice on the chorus! Great riffs and lyrics, hard rockin tune! Pity about the swearing being cut but it doesn\'t take away from the song too much.
STEREOMUD - END OF EVERYTHING - Another hard rockin and aggressive tune! This track is something special!
NEUROTICA - RIDE OF YOUR LIFE - Soft verses and a hard rockin\' chorus make for a great sounding track!
CYPRESS HILL - JUST ANOTHER VICTIM - From what I do know about the WWF I\'d say that this song is very well fitting for TAZZ but I can\'t make my mind up on the song itself. It is a good track but not really the kinda thing I like... and I DO normally like Cypress Hill.
DOPE - NO CHANCE IN HELL - This song is cool! Another aggressive song that you\'d love to have as a soundtrack to every fight you ever have!
BOY HITS CAR - LOVEFURYPASSIONENERGY - It took me a while to get into this song but is is kinda cool, the removed swearing again has an adverse effect. It is a little bit of a dissapointing end to a wicked album.
Great album overall. If you like rock and nu-metal, you'll love this. Also great for fans of the WWF/WWE.
Firstly, I loved the movie and was blown away but some of the songs in it. I went out and bought the album and was not disappointed. Yeah , there are three or four tracks on it that I don't really like but hey, out of twenty that isn't too bad!
A good rock album featuring tracks from some really talented groups. If you liked the movie, or want a decent rock album that you can kick back and chill while listening to, look no further.
1.: WON'T BACK DOWN - FUEL - Wow, what a great opening track. Hard rockin' riffs and great clear lyrics; this song is intense and really captures the feel of the movie.
2.: FOR YOU - CALLING - Another good one. Softer and more melodic rock than the previous track but really great. I don't know why, but this song just seems to make me smile!
3.: BLEED FOR ME - SALIVA - Another Melodic track here, differs from a lot of the Saliva stuff I'm used to but is really good none the less.
4.: HANG ON - SEETHER - This track is really good. Has the same kind of feel to it as the opening song from Fuel. Nice.
5.: LEARN THE HARD WAY - NICKELBACK - Nice rockin' tune here, the kind of track I really like playin' while I'm drivin'... Now if only I was on Route 66 in a '67 Mustang!
6.: MAN WITHOUT FEAR - DROWNING POOL & ROB ZOMBIE - Exactly what you'd expect from a Drowining Pool / Rob Zombie collaboration.. Hard rockin' heavy metal! Great tune!
7.: RIGHT NOW - NAPPY ROOTS & MARCOS CURIEL - Hmmm, not to keen on this at first but it does grow on you. Rap/Rock tune with some similarities to Rage Against The Machine.
8.: EVENING RAIN - MOBY - I like some Moby stuff, but not this; it just feels a bit 'wishy-washy'. I certainly feel that this is the weakest track on the album.
9.: BRING ME TO LIFE - EVANESCENCE & PAUL MCCOY - Ok so I've heard this track a thousand times but you know what, it still rocks! The vocals from both Amy (Evanescence) and Paul (12 Stones) are fantastic. Quite heavy in places but never overly so. Love this track.
10.: UNTIL YOU'RE REFORMED - CHEVELLE - Another melodic rock song here: A good offering from Chevelle.
11.: RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES - HOOBASTANK - I love this song, you can really kick back and chill to this. Great song musically and vocally.
12.: FADE OUT/IN - PALOALTO - Another great tune here, the chorus really makes this song I think. Great rockin' tune.
13.: CAUGHT IN THE RAIN - REVIS - Not overly struck on this song I'm afraid. It's not that bad but I tend to skip it when listening through the album.
14.: HIGH WIRE ESCAPE ARTIST - BOY SETS FIRE - This is actually a really great song! Great riffs and vocals make this track another good one.
15.: RAISE YOUR RIFLES - AUTOPILOT OFF - This is quite a punky song, sounds like Blink 182. Unfortunately that's not really my thing so this tends to be another song that I skip past.
16.: DAREDEVIL (THEME - BLIND JUSTICE REMIX) - REVELL, GRAEME & MIKE EINZIGER - It's not that bad but certainly isn't memorable like a theme tune should be. Great movie but don't really feel that this fits, either on the CD or in the film.
17.: MY IMMORTAL - EVANESCENCE - This really is an emotional song, fantastic vocals and really great piano make this a classic. Very powerful song.
18.: SAD EXCHANGE - FINGER ELEVEN - Another good song here, again I love the chorus.. I often find myself trying to sing along to this!
19.: SIMPLE LIES - ENDO - This song is ok, I find that it can be quite forgettable though.
20.: LET GO - 12 STONES - Another melodic rock song to end the album. A good solid track here from 12 stones. Good ending to a good album.
Nice attractive album cover and packaging.
Twenty songs make this great value for money.
In the year 2029, advanced military computer Skynet and the killer machines it controls have all but taken over the earth and killed all of it's inhabitants. Only a handful of humans remain and form the Resistance, lead by John Connor. When the Resistance stand to overcome the machines, Skynet decides to remedy the situation by sending a machine back through time to 1984, it's mission to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton - In Your Dreams, Terminator 2) before her son John, the future leader of the Resistance, is born. The machine in question is The TERMINATOR (Played by Arnold Schwarzenegger - Predator, Total Recall, End of Days), a cybernetic organism covered in living tissue in order to look human. The Resistance send back human Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn - Planet Terror) to protect Sarah from the machine. Bullets don't even serve to slow the ruthless Terminator down, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that his mission is complete.
This is a fantastic film and Schwarzenegger does a great Job at playing the ruthless killing machine, really bringing the part to life. A tense Sci-fi action thriller with plenty fantastic dialogue and action sequences that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Some of the special effects look a little dated now but the film was made in 1984! The story however, by James Cameron (Titanic, True Lies) is one of the best around. Great film that everyone must see!
The Terminator - Your clothes - give them to me, now.
The Terminator - I'll be back.
Director - James Cameron
Cert - R, 15 (Originally 18) (Strong Violence, Strong Language)
Year of Release - 1984
Ghostbusters 2 is set five years after the original Ghostbusters film. Even though the guys saved the city in the first movie, it seems that they were sued by every government agency in the city due to the mass destruction they caused in the process. With their reputation in tatters, their business bankrupt and supernatural activity having dried up, the guys are forced into other lines of work: Peter Venkman (Bill Murray - Lost in Translation, Groundhog Day) hosts low budget chat show 'World of the Psychic', Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis - Orange County, Knocked Up) carries out experiments at a research institute and Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd - Blues Brothers, Dragnet) owns bookshop 'Ray's Occult' as well as performing at kids parties with Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson - Oz, Desperate Housewives). The guys are called into action again however when a ancient river of supernatural slime flowing under the city conjures up a wave of supernatural activity. Now back, better that ever, the Ghostbusters, along with their lawyer Louis Tully (Rick Moranis - Honey I Shrunk the Kids , The Flintstones) must save the city from Vigo the Carpathian, an evil 16th century ruler and magician who wishes to return to the city and claim it as his own. Vigo needs a child that he needs a child who will serve as a vessel for his evil soul, it just so happens that he chooses the baby of Dana Barret (Sigourney Weaver - Alien, Copycat). Can the Guys save both Dana and the City again? You bet they can!
The Chemistry between the Ghostbusters is fantastic. The Dialogue is outstanding and very funny.
An action packed movie that again has outstanding special effects and will entertain the whole family. Another Classic!
The soundtrack is great too, featuring fantastic tracks from various artists including Bobby Brown and Run DMC.
Peter Venkman - Hi, Egon. How's school? I bet those science chicks really dig that large cranium of yours, huh?
Peter Venkman - Suck in the guts, guys, we're the Ghostbusters.
Peter Venkman - We're the best. We're the beautiful. We're the only Ghostbusters.
Ray Stantz - As I explained before, we think the spirit of a 17th century Moldavian tyrant is alive and well in a painting at the Manhattan Museum of Art.
Winston Zeddemore - It's always the quiet ones.
Director - Ivan Reitman
Cert - PG
Year of Release - 1989
Ghostbusters is a classic movie with a huge fanbase. Although initially released in 1984, the movie still holds its own today.
A very entertaining film indeed! Funny and heart warming are also words that spring to mind! It follows the story of three professors /scientists; Peter Venkman (Bill Murray - Lost in Translation, Groundhog Day), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd - Blues Brothers, Dragnet) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis - Orange County, Knocked Up). After being fired from their jobs at the Columbia University in New York City, the trio go about setting up a Paranormal Investigation and Elimination Service; their first catch is none other that Slimer, who will later go on to be a regular in both the movies and Real Ghostbusters cartoons. The coming of an ancient god sees a surge in the supernatural and the guys soon need to hire some additional help in the form of Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson - Oz, Desperate Housewives). When ancient god Gozer threatens to destro the city, the Gostbusters must spring into action and save the day! Along the way they must help out the object of Peter's affection, Dana Barret (Sigourney Weaver - Alien, Copycat) and geeky Louis Tully (Rick Moranis - Honey I Shrunk the Kids , The Flinstones) who happen to live in the skyscraper that acts as the dimensional opening through which Gozer will come.
The chemistry between the actors is fantastic, as is the dialouge. Outstanding performances from Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murry and Harold Ramis lead to your falling in love with the characters that they play. The special effects are also fantastic considering the age of the film.
The soundtrack is great too, featuring 'Ghostbusters' by Ray Parker Jr., 'Savin The Day' by Alessi and 'I Can Wait Forever' by Air Supply.
Overall this is a fantastic film that you will want to watch over and over again. Timeless classic.
Peter Venkman - We've been going about this all wrong, this Mr. Stay Puft's okay, he's a sailor, he's in New York, we get this guy laid we won't have any trouble.
Peter Venkman - Why worry? Each one of us is carrying an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back.
Winston Zeddemore - Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say "YES"!
Egon Spengler - Don't cross the streams.
Peter Venkman - Hee hee hee. "Get her." That was your whole plan, huh, "get her." Very scientific.
Director - Ivan Reitman
Cert - PG
Year of Release - 1984
This is a what i would call a groundbreaking album!
My first real taste of the rap scene and I loved every beat and lyric of it. A lot of comedy, some commercial and indeed some very dark and perhaps shocking songs; all bursting with intelligent rhymes.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT - Short comedy intro/skit perhaps gives a little taste of what is to come on the rest of the album.
MY NAME IS - The most commercial and perhaps lyrically random song on the album.
'Guilty Conscience' - Great track featuring Dr Dre.
BRAIN DAMAGE - Darker song offering something of an insight into Eminem's childhood.
PAUL - Brief skit.
IF I HAD - One of the more mellow songs on the album. Gritty song reflecting Eminems' 'poor' beginnings.
97 BONNIE AND CLYDE - Very controversial at the time.. a parody of Will Smiths' 'Just the Two of Us' . In this version Em has just killed his wife and is singing to his daughter on his way to dump the body in the sea; the album cover seems to be a visualisation of this.
B**** - Brief skit.
ROLE MODEL - Another Comedy song in the same vain as 'My Name Is'.
LOUNGE - Skit thats leads into 'My Fault' nicely.
MY FAULT - Great song seemingly intended to put people off of drugs.
KEN KANIFF - Cool skit introducing Ken.
CUM ON EVERYBODY - Funky and upbeat song.
ROCK BOTTOM -Serious and for many.. very easy to relate to at times'
JUST DON'T GIVE A F*** Nice track..if slightly crazy! Loved this as a teenager.
SOAP- Brief skit.
AS THE WORLD TURNS - Good track with some great lyrics 'Go, Go Gadget D***' comes to mind!
IM SHADY - Probably my least favourite track on the album, but still enjoyable.
BAD MEETS EVIL - Great Track featuring Royce Da 5'9'' will get your head nodding!
STILL DON'T GIVE A F*** - Great finale to a great album.
You won\'t find any rhyming about bling and Bentleys here... Just in your face, gritty, lyrical genius!
The album is still great.. I'm listening to it as I write this review. Every Rap fan, scratch that... EVERYONE should own this album!
I was bought this as a gift for Christmas and until then, had not heard of this fragrance.
I was immediately impressed with the packaging and even more so with the bottle itself. It all looks very classy and indeed expensive! The bottle itself has a very unique spray mechanism, a trigger on the side of the bottle, very modern and funky!
When I tested the fragrance, whoa.. It was the first time I had (dare I say it) fallen in love with a fragrance since I got my first bottle of CK Truth a few years ago! It has a fantastically crisp and slightly sweet scent, certainly not overpowering.
This is really fresh: I am not an expert by any means, but have certainly had my fair share of fragrances over the years and have never smelled anything quite like this.
I have warn it to work but prefer wearing it on a night out. It is a very classy scent and certainly seems to last the duration, I often catch whiffs of it several hours after applying.
People always notice the fragrance, I have had numerous comments on how great it smells from both men and women, women especially.
This a great scent and would make an excellent gift. It is also great value for money. Overall, it looks and smells great. It could be worn by men of any age, as it is a scent that most if not all women will love.
I highly recommend this as a gift for your fella, I know I appreciated it! It is also great if you're a bloke who wants to smell great when he goes out on the town.
I hope you like the review, I can't praise this fragrance highly enough.
Bad Boys, one on my favourite movies of all time.
The film revolves around Miami Detectives Mike Lowrey ( Will Smith - I am Legend, Hitch) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence - Black Knight, Blue Streak). Lowrey is a single, smooth talking, stylish and cocky but charming guy: He's rich and works as a cop as he enjoys the job. Burnett on the other hand is a down to earth guy married with wife and kids. He doesn't so much care about looking good and he's certainly no charmer; unlike Mike he only works as a cop to pay the bills. Both of then however have huge hearts and sure pack a punch! The on screen chemistry between the two contrasting characters is fantastic, and makes for some great scenes of comedy!
Joe Pantoliano plays there ever suffering boss, Captain C. Howard. Pantoliano plays the part brilliantly, and has great chemistry with Smith and Lawrence. Tea Leoni does a good job of playing Julie Mott and there is a great performance from Tcheky Karyo as villain Fouchet. Also look out for a good little part from Michael Imperioli (perhaps better known for playing Christopher in the Sopranos) who plays mechanic Jojo.
$100 million worth of seized heroin is dramatically stolen from the Miami Police lockup, it is down to Lowrry and Burnett (with a little pressure from Captain Howard!) to catch the guys responsible and get the goods back before the FBI shut their department down. Julie is their only lead in the case but will only speak to Lowrey: Some complications lead to Burnett having to pretend to be Lowrey and vice versa with some very funny consequences! The trio set about tracking down those responsible for stealing the drugs.
Some fantastic action sequences, witty and intelligent dialogue, drama, emotion, side splitting moments and a great soundtrack make for an incredible film! An action packed rollercoaster ride of a movie.
Memorable Film Quotes:
Captain C. Howard: - Ho, what did I say? Did you hear what I said? I heard what I said 'cause I was standing there when I said it.
Mike Lowrey: - What the hell are you doin'?
Marcus Burnett: - Keepin' my s*** quick.
Mike Lowrey: - Oh, I see. You aren't gettin any at home, so you got a lot of extra energy. Go ahead, burn it off.
Production by - Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer
Directed by - Michael Bay (Transformers, Pear Harbour)
Cert - 18/R (Violence, Strong Language and Mild Drug Use)
Year Of Movie Release - 1995
Collectors addition DVD Special Features:
Bad Boys Documentary
3 Music Videos; Diana King, the 69 Boys and Warren G
Feature length commentary from Michael Bay
Overall, a great movie and a fantastic amount of features make this DVD and absolute must. It can be picked up at a very low cost from numerous online websites.
Hope you like the review.
WARNING - This review contains some plot spoilers
Hitman is Agent 47, the perfect assassin; cold, emotionless, precise.. raised and trained to kill from a young age by a renegade sector of the Church.
Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant - Die Hard 4.0, A Man Apart) is a dark and interesting character; a ruthless assassin who never misses. He is hired by a group to kill the Russian President, Mikhail Belicoff (Ulrich Thomsen - Kingdom Of Heaven). The hit is carried out as planned but to Agent 47's dismay, Belicoff is alive and well the following day. Agent 47 never misses, and soon realises that he has been set up by his employers and is thrown into a world of deceit, murder and betrayal (perhaps not that unusual for a hitman I hear you say!). Along for the ride is Nika Boronina (Olga Kurylenko) who was mistress to Belicoff and potential witness to his would be assassination. The chemistry between Agent 47 is great, as is his awkwardness towards her sexual advances. During the film Agent 47 is being hunted down by both Mike Whittier (Dougray Scott - Desperate Housewives, Mission: Impossible II) of Interpol and Yuri Marklov (Robert Knepper - Prison Break) of the Russian FSB. Both Scott and Knepper play their roles tremendously well.
Something I noticed in the film and you probably did or will do, is the large number of times that the Dougary Scott takes out a cigarette, fails to light it as he is engaged in conversation, then puts it back in the pack again. Odd.
The is a great deal of action in the movie and some fantastic cinematography. The script by Skip Woods (Swordfish) is also very good for the most part.
I have not played the game but from what I can gather, Olyphant's portrayal of the character is very accurate to the character in the game. There is a great point in the movie where Agent 47 comes crashing through a window in a hotel room to the amazement of its occupants, who happen to be playing the game at the time.
I do feel however that some areas of the film are confusing and as the viewer, a little more explanation into motives and reasons behind some of the scenes wouldn't go a miss. I also believe that a little more insight into Agent 47's past would be good, as we only saw a brief look at his training as a youth, and nothing really of the religious sect that trained him or their motives for doing so. Perhaps if I had played the games I wouldn't need this explaining to me; but I DON'T want to have to play a videogame to get the full enjoyment out of a film.
A good movie with good dialogue, characters, action, cinematography, soundtrack and special effects: Very entertaining on the whole. Could do with an explanation into some of the events that take place though. On the whole I would certainly recommend the film. I watched it at the cinema and certainly want to see it again. I will only buy it on DVD however if there are some special features on the disk.
Nika: - What are you going to do?
Agent 47: - What I do.
Director - Xavier Gens
Cert - 15/R (Strong and Bloody Violence, Strong Language and some Nudity)
Year of Release - 2007