Review: The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

With the charisma of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson at the forefront of this film, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is entertaining but flawed in its unoriginality and cliché.

When elite ‘AAA-rated’ bodyguard Michael Bryce is hired to protect Takashi Kurosawa his world falls apart when the job doesn’t go the way he wanted. Now, two years later Bryce is struggling to get by, disgraced and having to protect drug filled corporate executives this is the lowest point in Bryce’s life. Meanwhile, notorious hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) agrees to testify against the bloodthirsty dictator of Belarus, Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) in exchange for the release of his wife, Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek) from prison. After the escort of Kincaid is ambushed, Amelia Roussel (Élodie Yung) now knowing that Interpol is distrustful calls her ex-boyfriend Bryce for help, distastefully, Bryce agrees. However on arrival we find out that Bryce and Kincaid have been enemies for years with Kincaid trying to kill Bryce 28 times. This causes a rocky road for Bryce as he is now a bodyguard for the hitman in an attempt to escort him safely to his testimony.

Action Comedies can often produce incredible amounts of on-screen fun if done right, recent ones include: Hot Fuzz, 21 Jump Street, Tropic Thunder, The Other Guys and The Nice Guys. All those films have one thing in common and that’s great chemistry between the two main characters, this is what drives the movie along. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are two great actors and they bounce off each other well here.

Reynolds character is sensible and always thinks ‘Boring is best’, he thinks carefully before he does, and does his job cleanly and professionally. Whereas Samuel L. Jacksons character is the opposite, he wants to go in all guns blazing, life is fun to him, thinking too much is boring, this is the way he has always gone in his life and he’s not changing anytime soon. The opposing character personality keeps the exchange of dialogue amusing and the chemistry successful.

The film is packed full of action and for the most part it’s fine, it is easy to follow and keeps you entertained but lacks variety and is nothing new, you are not going to leave and recall how great any of the action scenes were. Furthermore, the plot is recycled; it is not going to amaze you and is rather predictable. Gary Oldman’s Dukhovich is rarely on screen, which is a shame; it feels like Oldman’s performance is wasted and underused, it could have really contrasted the comedy further.

With a clichéd plot, effortless action and underused characters, the only thing keeping The Hitman’s Bodyguard from sinking is a normal amount of Jackson saying “Motherfucker” and Reynold’s comedy talent.

LATEST

15 Brilliant Stills From The Martian (2016)

The Martian is a 2016 film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, and others. The...

Rediscovering the Netflix Hidden Gem, Everything Sucks!

After binge-watching practically everything new on Netflix, it’s time to cast the net backwards to rediscover old classics, beginning with the 2018 Netflix Original...

7 YA & Children’s Books That Should Be Adapted for the Screen

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart This suspenseful novel is the winner of multiple literary awards, including the Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction (2014)....

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Left behind as The Earth Dies Screaming

Empty streets, deafening silence, and the feeling that it’s just too late to do anything; these are the pillars on which Terence Fisher constructs...

The Shape of Revenge: Revenge of the...

Since the release of Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water (2017), much has been said of its threads to Jack Arnold’s Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). An...

Conversations with Frances Ha: The Intersection Between...

It might sound quite frivolous to compare two works of fiction based on the mere fact that their protagonists share the same name, but...

Like what you are reading?

All of our content is free, if you would like to subscribe to our newsletter or even make a small donation, click the button below.

Recommended