The odd couple, bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool, The Croods: A New Age) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson – Snakes on a Plane, Pulp Fiction), are back together again. It will be another mission in which lives are on the line, but this time they are trying to keep Kincaid’s wife Sonia (Salma Hayek – Desperado, Frida). This is easier said than done because Sonia is a con artist with a worldwide reputation.
Bryce finds himself unable to turn down the job as he is still without a license and being watched carefully. He has accepted the fact that he will never work as a bodyguard again. Or so he believes. Then out of the blue Sonia Kincaid find hims and makes a request. She needs his help locating her husband, Darius, who has been snatched by a mob gang. Working together they manage to find and free him.
It is not over for the trio though as an Interpol agent wants them to help him find an international terrorist who has a plan in the works to destroy Europe’s power grid. He is doing this as payback for the European Union imposing sanctions on his beloved Greece. While doing this the terrorist captures Sonia. She is going to need the two men to rescue her. To do this Darius and Bryce are going to have to put their bitter feelings for each other aside.
Basically an instance of if you liked the first then you will enjoy this one as well. Not always the case when it comes to sequels. The formula is a lot of laughs served alongside a side of action. Both Jackson and Reynolds are veterans at this type of film so they are totally comfortable here. Who did surprise me was Hayek. She is great here. Becomes the focal point of each scene she is in.
The perfect type of film to reintroduce yourself back into going to the cinema. Fun, silly, heart pumping, filled with silly dialogue peppered with pop culture references, three well known and liked actors displaying good chemistry, and one you don’t have to concentrate too much on. It is silly and it knows it. Plus you get a few fun cameos from Antonio Banderas, Gary Oldman, Richard E. Grant, Frank Grillo, Tom Hopper, and Morgan Freeman.
A nice combo of comedy and action, over the first half of the film I was quite entertained finding myself laughing often at the antics of the three. Go into it thinking you are in for a pile of laughs rather than non stop action then you will find yourself enjoying the Patrick Hughes (The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Expendables 3) helmed film.