Hitman: Agent 47 is about a genetically engineered assassin out for revenge – but what really excites us about the movie is that it takes place in Singapore! Which gets us thinking – which other movies would be made so much cooler if they took place in Singapore?

After all, we’ve got many fantastic landmarks where battles can take place. Marina Bay Sands, the streets of Orchard Road, or even atop the many bridges that cross the Singapore River – these are all spectacular locations for scenes to be shot. For something a bit more local, how about conflicts in the middle of Maxwell Market, high speed chases down the PIE (watch out for that Clementi region speed trap!) or showdowns at the River Safari?

So here are five movies that would be that much more awesome if they took place, even partially, in Singapore.

1) Avengers: Age of Ultron

Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) look on as Ultron raises a town into the air in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Credit: Yahoo

Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) look on as Ultron raises a town into the air in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Credit: Yahoo

Remember that climatic scene where Ultron raises a town into the air, with the intent of smashing it back into the Earth like a large meteorite (and extinguishing all life on the planet)?

What if Ultron had come to Singapore instead, and decided to use our little red dot as his own personal extinction device? Not only would it be a really big explosion, but we’d probably cause a gigantic tsunami, seeing as we’re an island and all. Also, since we’re a trading hub for this part of the world, there’s the added bonus of throwing a wrench into South East Asia’s economy, giving Ultron further incentive to make sure that there are no survivors. And there’ll be the added bonus of all us Singaporeans recording the event on our mobile phones and posting it on social media, leaving memories for posterity.

Yeah! Why didn’t you come to Singapore, Ultron?

2) Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) speeds down a highway in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Credit: Golden Village

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) speeds down a highway in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Credit: Golden Village

Ethan and gang travel around the world in search of their elusive nemesis. Oddly, they don’t come to Asia in the movie, which leaves us thinking – why not?

Their iconic chase scene can take place across the treacherous KPE-MCE-AYE series of highway tunnels. Remember how confused drivers were when the MCE opened? That’s going to be the case for any vehicles traversing these highways.

Picture this – Ethan goes after the bad guys at Sengkang, where they enter the KPE – only to be flummoxed by speed traps, a GPS going haywire underground, and bewildering acronyms in all directions. They’re probably trying to get to Tiong Bahru or something, but they’ve got to go through the MCE towards the AYE but come out just when the AYE begins, to U-turn back to the CTE and get onto Outram Road. Even the best cabbie in town would have trouble with that, let alone a foreign visitor here.

Maybe that’s why Ethan doesn’t dare to set foot here.

3) Fast & Furious 7

The skyscraper jump in Fast & Furious 7. Credit: Time Out

The skyscraper jump in Fast & Furious 7. Credit: Time Out

The most insane stunt from Fast & Furious 7 has to be the dual jumps from skyscraper to skyscraper in Abu Dhabi. As if ramming the car through a glass window into the next building weren’t enough, it still possesses enough inertia to launch itself through another building later on.

Do we have any three skyscrapers which are pretty close to each other, are pretty iconic, and are capped by an Infinity Pool on top?

That’s right! Imagine that car jump scene taking place at MBS! In the film, Dom’s crew is infiltrating a rich prince’s party – a setting that’s perfectly believable at MBS itself. They could even shoot the party at the Infinity Pool, then segue into the car being launched through the air from building to building. There won’t be any collateral damage (besides to the building itself, of course), because the car could just crash beautifully into the ocean!

I’d like to be sitting in the Singapore Flyer watching all that.

4) Kingsman: Secret Service

Harry Hart (Colin Firth) in Kingsman: Secret Service. Credit: news.com.au

Harry Hart (Colin Firth) in Kingsman: Secret Service. Credit: news.com.au

The villains of Kingsman: Secret Service plan to destroy the world by giving out SIM cards that provide free Internet access (and free calls too, but nobody was really excited about that). Given our penchant for Internet connections (“What’s the wireless password here ah?”), Singapore would be ripe target for their villainous machinations.

And why not Singapore? We were a British colony, so it’s feasible that the Kingsmen would have some sort of bunker here. Add the number of train scenes in the film which we could do with our long rail lines, and getting Kingsman: Secret Service to take place here would be a hoot. Might have to change the “manners maketh a man” quip to “kua si mi!” though, but wouldn’t it be cool if Sir Stamford Raffles were revealed as a Kingsman too?

5) Jurassic World

Indominus Rex from Jurassic World. Credit: Yahoo

Indominus Rex from Jurassic World. Credit: Yahoo

We have one of the best zoos in the world (and it has the coolest zoo URL in the world too, zoo.com.sg), the Singapore Zoological Gardens. It’d make sense that we’d be the first to have dinosaurs too, if anyone were silly enough to genetically engineer them.

But let’s say we go with modern dinosaur theory, that they’re the ancestors of birds. We’ve got the Jurong Bird Park too. No matter how you cut it, we’ve got a place for a real life Jurassic Park to be set. And the most fun thing is that since we’re such a densely populated island, any dinosaur rampage would be met with mass panic and many, many casualties. Which is what you’re watching Jurassic World for, right? The mayhem and chaos.

Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) goes in guns blazing in Hitman: Agent 47. Credit: Golden Village

Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) goes in guns blazing in Hitman: Agent 47. Credit: Golden Village

But all that is just fantasy and speculation. For a real movie that’s set in Singapore, you’ve got to catch Hitman: Agent 47 and see how it plays out for yourself! It’s showing at all Golden Village Cinemas, but the best part is that you can step out the door, and you’ll be on the set of Hitman: Agent 47 already.

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