The Hitman's Bodyguard Review: A Film With Little Substance but Is Still a Fun Time

Updated on January 19, 2018
Ross Tanenbaum profile image

Ross is a student at the University of Maryland. He is planning on majoring in Film Studies and English.

Source

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are two actors who have very snappy personalities. Reynolds showed that off in Deadpool and Jackson has shown that in almost every single one of his roles. Developing a movie where these two personalities combine seems like a great idea. What I can say is that watching these two on screen is really entertaining. However, the story that they're in is a bit underwhelming.

Plot

Reynolds plays a bodyguard who is down on his luck. After a big job goes wrong, he finds himself working smaller jobs for lower amounts of money. Jackson is a hitman who has been arrested and has been serving time in prison. When a dictator (Gary Oldman) is on trial for crimes against humanity, Jackson has to be brought in to testify against him. Other people who were being brought in to testify against Oldman had been killed by his henchman before they can even get to the courthouse. Now, Reynolds has been assigned to protect Jackson so that he can get to the courthouse and send Oldman to jail. Unfortunately, Jackson and Reynolds have a bad history with one another and find that working with one another is going to be a challenge.

Pros

The performances in this movie are pretty good. Reynolds and Jackson both have great chemistry with one another and both of them are pretty likable. Reynolds has a decent arc in this movie, but it is a bit predictable where his character ends up. Jackson's character basically has no arc in this movie and I honestly liked it. He starts one way and he ends being pretty much the same person he was at the beginning. I thought that it did fit his character.

I think my favorite part of this movie is the relationship between Jackson and and his wife played by Salma Hayek. They have a really messed up relationship, but for some reason it is strangely convincing. There is a flashback that shows how they met and it is really funny.

I also thought that the action scenes were a lot of fun. Director Patrick Hughes does a good hob at making the action scenes a lot of fun and really energetic. They did certain things that made them seem a little bit more unique than just standard action movies. Jackson would often do some funny things in the action scenes that made them even more enjoyable.

Cons

While Jackson and Reynolds provide good entertainment, the actual story of the movie isn't great. It's very predictable and I never felt fully invested in the story. I think the main problem with the story is that the villain was never very threatening.

Oldman plays the villain and he is completely wasted in this movie. Oldman is one of the greatest actors of this generation and this movie does nothing with him. He is the movie rarely and when he is in the movie, he is usually just giving commands to his henchman in a hotel room somewhere. He is still good in the scenes that he in, it's just the film did a bad job at making him seem very menacing.

I also thought that there are certain times where the movie felt a little bit too much like a cartoon. Some of the jokes are very over the top and the action sometimes overuses CGI when it really doesn't need to. There are certain jokes that just really didn't work for me and took me out of the film.

There is also another relationship between Reynolds and Elodie Yung, who plays a federal agent, but their relationship is far less interesting. Whenever it comes up, it just seems a little forced into the plot and breaks the momentum of the main storyline.

Final Thoughts

This movie is a standard fun, action movie that can occupy your mind for two hours. The relationship between Jackson and Reynolds is definitely what propels this movie and makes it a little bit above average. However, the story is weak and the villain really has nothing to do in this movie. If you choose to watch this movie, I think you can have a good time, but don't expect anything extraordinary.

Rating: 6.5/10

The Hitman's Bodyguard Blu Ray

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, reelrundown.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://reelrundown.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)