On the surface, the decision to cast Ryan Reynolds to star opposite of Samuel L. Jackson seems like an odd choice. However, like another great pairing such as wine and cheese, the combination of these two personalities makes the new film “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” a success.
After a fall from grace and several career mistakes, bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) is looking for a chance at redemption. His opportunity arrives when he is contacted by Interpol to escort a hitman, Darius Kincaid (Jackson), to the International Criminal Court. Kincaid is set to testify against the dictator of Belarus, Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), who is on trial for genocide.
As they make their journey to the court, the two, who are enemies, must put their differences aside in order to survive. During the trip, it is plagued with attacks from Dukhovich’s men who seek to kill Kincaid to prevent his testimony from being heard.
Reynolds’ constant wisecracks joined by Jackson’s anger provide the audience with countless situations to laugh at and enjoy. One such scene is when the pair is picked up by a group of Italian nuns. Driving down the road, Bryce looks uncomfortable in the van as Kincaid sings with the Nuns in Italian while clapping his hands.
As they are departing the van at their destination, Bryce remarks, “Go with God. This man (pointing to Kincaid) has killed over 150 people.” Kincaid response by rebuking Bryce stating, “two hundred and fifty, easy.”
It has been a while since I have been able to laugh till it hurts. This feeling stayed with me long after seeing this movie and returning home.
From car chases to gun fights in the street “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” takes a different approach to grab the audience’s attention when creating an action scene. I didn’t know that a Ford C-Max mid-sized vehicle could be used in such a creative manner during a chase. But with Jackson behind the wheel, I guess anything is possible. The use a hardware store for a place to conclude a foot chase with a fight also made for an interesting moment.
If you're looking for a film that will provide you with a laughter that is mixed with a burst of energy then “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is the cocktail that meets that requirement.
I give this movie four mustaches out of five.
The film is rated R for strong violence and language throughout and runs 118 minutes.
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