The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review
What do you get when three notable Marvel actors join forces and make their own movie? You get an action-packed hilarious film that keeps you entertained and wanting more. Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Elodie Yung lead a star-studded cast along with Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman.
The film follows Michael Bryce, a highly respected bodyguard who has been depressed and down on his luck as of late. Former girlfriend and Interpol agent Amelia Roussel hires Michael to protect her client, hitman Darius Kincaid. Michael must protect Darius at all costs and escort him to the International Court of Justice to testify against crime boss and war criminal Vladislav Dukhovich. What follows is a train of hilarity and awesome action that rivals most action films today.
But with every film there's a problem somewhere. The Hitman's Bodyguard doesn't entirely surface unscathed. While it does break the mold and poke fun at the generic action formula, it also is hindered by a generic story. Escorting a criminal to the court to testify has been done in Clint Eastwood's The Gauntlet and again in Bruce Willis's 16 Blocks. I'm sure there's more. Then you have the love story. Darius and Michael are both fueled by the women they love most and strive to win them back. And finally, you have the villain who orders everyone else around while he sits back and watches others die for him. It's your basic love and friendship saves the day scenario. In fact, all three of these aspects are all hand-in-hand with the story. If more effort had been put into the story, then we'd have an absolutely perfect film.
The acting and humor is what truly saves the film. A lot of the humor is unpredictable and sporadic, which is a major asset to the film. Ryan Reynolds and Sam Jackson's chemistry is fantastic. We may never see Deadpool team up with Nick Fury on the big-screen, but this is close enough.I also have to give top marks to the soundtrack. It immersed you into the film even further and even helped amp up a few of the comedic moments.
In conclusion, I'm really torn about what rating to give the film. Yes, the story was generic but everything else was spectacular. In fact, this is actually one of the few non-superhero films that I hope there's a sequel to. Taking everything into consideration, I give the film a 3.5 out of 4.
© 2017 Alec Zander