A disgraced bodyguard is brought in to protect a hitman
so he can testify at the International Criminal Court.
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
Directed by Patrick Hughes
Written by Tom O'Connor
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman,
Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung, Joaquim de Almeida, Tine Joustra
I remember when this comedy came out, and I didn't see it. Just one of those many movies that slipped through the cracks. But now, with the release of the sequel, I figured why not? The Hitman's Bodyguard is loaded with clichés, is super predictable, and actually pretty damn funny thanks to the chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. Add to the mix a hilariously aggressive Salma Hayek and a hammy as fuck (in a good way) Russian dictator Gary Oldman, and you've got an unfairly demonized action comedy that's worth your time.
Michael Bryce (Reynolds) was the world's top bodyguard. His clients were rich and discreet, and he had it all. But when one of his clients is killed, his rep is tarnished forever and he's forced to pick up whatever work he can get. His ex-girlfriend (Yung) works for Interpol, and she needs his help protecting a convicted assassin named Darius Kincaid (Jackson), who is set to testify against psychotic Belarusian dictator Vladislav Dukhovich (Oldman) at the world court. But Dukhovich's men get to them first, and Bryce and Kincaid must sort out their many differences and rocky history to stay alive. The action scenes are pretty exciting, and the back-and-forth between Reynolds and Jackson is just hilarious. Like watching Deadpool and Nick Fury on a road trip.
The Hitman's Bodyguard was a financial success (thus the sequel), but critics hated it, as they often do with action comedies. Take it from me. This one is hardly uncharted territory, but it's funny and entertaining. At the end of the day, that's what a film like this should be. It's your own damn fault if you expect anything more.