If you have been following this website over the past decade or so you will be well aware that I have not been a huge fan of action films. Mostly because they are weak in regards to story and the action sequences are not enough to make up for that flaw. I will change things up by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Bam! You cannot put me in a box!
Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Previously rated a AAA bodyguard service, Michael Bryce’s (Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool, The Proposal) has fallen about as far as you can. It used to be a beautiful multi-million dollar house, fine tailored suits, a hot girlfriend, and high performance vehicles. And a reputation that couldn’t be beaten. Now it is compact cars that smell like a barnyard, a crappy apartment and no girlfriend. He is now doing much lower profile jobs until his former girlfriend and mortal enemy enter the picture.
Former girlfriend, Amelia Roussel (Elodie Young – from television’s Daredevil) works for Interpol and a team she is heading is tasked with delivering hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson – Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight) to the Hague to testify against Belarusian dictator, Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman – The Dark Knight Rises, Darkest Hour). That there is a leak in Interpol becomes painfully clear when the transport is attacked by Dukhovich’s men. Desperate, and knowing she cannot use Interpol, Amelia turns to her ex, Michael.
Despite the fact that he believes it is Amelia’s fault he lost his AAA rating and hates Kincaid, Michael is desperate for the work and Amelia has promised to get him his rating back. It seems like a fairly simple job bringing Kincaid from Manchester to Amsterdam. The odd couple will have to dodge he bullets and fists aimed in their direction by the seemingly endless number of men hired by Dukhovich to stop them.
Much to my surprise I really enjoyed this. The chemistry between Reynolds and Jackson was great. They are both capable of delivering when it comes to laughs and action stuff. The two work so well together that it is hard to imagine the film being as successful with any other actors in the leading roles.
Though the film has in no way an intricate plot; it still managed to entertain. Things are kept rather simple in that regards. That is not necessarily a bad thing in this genre though as sometimes trying to be too cute or filled with twists ends up just messing things up. It is comfortable in being a film that just entertains rather than makes you think. Sometimes that is just fine, thank you.
The action was really well done. Several fight sequences had really cool choreography as they took place in small rooms, such as the hand to hand combat Michael undergoes in a tiny kitchen. Pacing also lends to the high octane feel to the film. As it happens over just a couple of hours director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3, Red Hill) wisely keeps things moving at breakneck speed.
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