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things not on the television

last night, i was lucky enough to catch the movie "Hitman" on Fox HD. And I'm being quite serious; I really like this movie. I love Timothy Olyphant and Olga Kurylenko is a beauty to watch. And I know I already blogged about how much I like this movie, but I'll summarize it again. The movie is based on a console game and what makes it so good, is that it doesn't try to be more than that. No social commentary, no super-involved plot. just a guy who kills a lot of people, and the acting was decent to boot. (which if you ask me, makes it a whole lot better than Avatar - take that James Cameron).

So why am I writing about this again? because while watching the movie last night, I noticed something funny.. and not ha-ha funny either. Now, this movie isn't exactly for kids. There is a lot of violence, blood, and russian hookers. So in order to show it on tv, they had to censor some of it. But you know what they took out?

All the close up scenes of Olga Kurlyenko's body. Seriously, as far as I can tell, that's what they removed; one scene showing her naked from the back and another that showed her breasts (i think). Because seeing a naked woman is going to really mess up little kids. ha-ha.. so funny...

Because when they did that, they actually changed the story a tiny bit, cause those shots weren't entirely gratuitous. The naked back scene wasn't necessary but the other scene was. Basically assassin #47 (mr. olyphant) has social problems due to his upbringing and he's not so good with women. Nika ,the russian hooker, (ms. kurylenko) knows this and she's not above pushing him on this front to gain a little control.

so there is this one scene where she has him pinned to the bed, she's practically assaulting him with her body and then ... that's it, fade to black, the next thing we see is that #47 goes on with his business, kills a lot of people, and sends Nika out of danger's way because he cares about her. awww. so sweet..

but the thing is, he never sleeps with her! after the censorship, it looks like he has though. She's naked, sleeping in bed, and sometime later you see him stroke her cheek during a farewell scene. but what really happened is that he's so uncomfortable when she's got him on the bed, that at the point when she practically has her hand down his pants and about to get serious, he totally injects her with a knockout drug and leaves her in the bed alone. this is the scene they cut out.

so, the ultimate question.. does it matter to the audience if #47 sleeps with a russian hooker? (hee-hee). well, it mattered to me dammit! if he sleeps with her, then he's a man who has let a one night stand with the only woman he's ever had dictate the course of his life.

but, if he hasn't slept with her, then he remains true to his socially screwed up upbringing and is instead risking his life for the first person he's ever empathized with. and this time, when he strokes her cheek before sending her away, its the most intimate moment they've ever had.

like I said, it matters to me.

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