Buckle up for a full action bromance filled with more F bombs than bullets. I give The Hitman’s Bodyguard an A.
Michael Bryce (played by Ryan Reynolds) was on the top of his game. He was a triple A bodyguard until one unfortunate assassination sends him spiraling toward the bottom. When his ex-girlfriend needs someone under the radar to protect Darius Kincaid (played by Samuel L. Jackson), Bryce and Kincaid team up to get Kincaid to the Netherlands in order to testify against an evil dictator (played by Gary Oldman) in a world court.
Bryce and Kincaid are opposites. One plans while the other flies by the seat of his pants. One is willing to do anything for his wife, the other still holds a torch for his ex. But together these two must work together to get from England to the Netherlands before 5 pm without being killed by the dictator’s henchmen. To make matters worse, there’s a leak at Interpol and so they can’t count on them for help.
The movie feels like a police version of Deadpool, with Reynolds sarcastic comebacks and Jackson’s f-bombs. This isn’t for those who are easily offended by swearing. But it’s the over the top chase scenes which will have you thinking of Bond. Between boats, motorcycles and cars, no vehicle is immune to a bullet hole or crash.
Even with this much action, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a relationship piece as Bryce and Kincaid end up opening up to each other about their lives and love lives. Even with the bromance this movie is at heart a comedy from Ryan’s snarky facial expressions to the inside jokes between the two characters. Selma Hayek steals the movie as Kincaid’s wife. She’s as fierce as her husband and drops a few dozen f-bombs herself.
The predictable nature of the movie means going in, that the bad guys must lose and but how they get there is what keeps the viewer paying attention. This is a movie to watch with friends who will laugh out loud with you or a full theater. Be sure to pay attention to Jackson’s songwriting stylings and the fun extra scene during the credits. With all the laughter going on during the movie, it has me wondering how Reynolds and Jackson kept a straight face for any part of filming!
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