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'Hitman: Agent 47' runs quickly out of storytelling firepower

'Hitman: Agent 47' runs quickly out of storytelling firepower

The slick, chaotically empty gunplay party "Hitman: Agent 47" hopes to be a loud August reminder to comic book-addled moviegoers that video games want to be franchises too. Unfortunately, this arsenal of nonsense — technically a do-over of the IO Interactive console staple last filmed as "Hitman" in 2007 — is all too content to pad its digitally slapped-together action scenes with the kind of narrative coherence and dialogue you wouldn't call bulletproof. Frenzied opening narration (never a good sign) details the background: a secret, government "Agent" program that built emotionless, perfect assassins but had to be disbanded, yadda yadda...

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