THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD FILM REVIEW

What is the world coming to when even the best hitmen can’t walk the streets in safety, thus requiring the services of a bodyguard? Oh, the humanity! When will the madness end?! Lionsgate Films brings the shocking story to light in The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Snarky Ryan Reynolds and delightfully foul-mouthed Samuel L. Jackson team up for the ultimate buddy team action comedy.

Hitmen and bodyguards typically find themselves opposing one another, but in this exciting movie, the tables have turned. Darius Kincaid, a notorious hitman (Samuel L. Jackson), has agreed to step forward and testify at the International Court of Justice in order to get his equally notorious wife out of prison. He has 24 hours to get from England to The Hague, but killer dictator Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) will do anything he can to stop that from happening. Enter Michael Bryce, the world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) who must now protect the life of a man he would normally be defending others from. But just because he’s got the job doesn’t mean he has to like it!

Director Patrick Hughes does well in giving us a raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, where our reluctant partners encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator. The film delivers action in the same vain as the 1980s/90s buddy buddy films like Lethal Weapon, Midnight Run etc. It looks like this is a few rungs above those direct-to-video movies that always seem to shoot in Eastern Europe and coasts by on the charisma of its two leads.

Performance wise we have smart wise cracker Ryan Reynolds who does well as being an exasperated, sarcastic badass in this buddy cop film. As the world’s top protection agent Ryan Reynolds is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men Samuel L. Jackson. Both of them do very well as the reluctant partners that bicker all across Europe while trying to stay one step ahead of a dictator who wants them dead. Both actors are first rate at showing the aggression that’s always simmering between mismatched characters in buddy movies and is , so instead of just yammering away at each other the whole time, these guys are physically going head-to-head as well.

Supporting cast features Gary Oldman playing a murderous dictator that he has played in various action films in the past. Salma Hayek is adequate in her sexy foul mouthed role of the wife of Samuel L Jackson’s hit man. The rest of the cast that include Élodie Yung (Daredevil) as Interpol agent Amelia Ryder;, Sonia Kincaid; Joaquim de Almeida; Kirsty Mitchell; Sam Hazeldine; and Richard E. Grant all .give fine support.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard has Ryan Reynolds and the delightfully foul-mouthed Samuel L. Jackson teaming up for the ultimate buddy team action comedy and they deliver a slam, bang, wallop action comedy film that hits you in the solar plexus.

Leave your brains at home and enjoy this fun diversion in a summer full of sequels, reboots, and remakes.

 

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