The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Year: 2017
Director: Patrick Hughes
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Elodie Yung, Salma Hayek

Written by Tom Sheffield

From the first trailer, I knew ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ had potential to be one of the funniest films to be released this year, and the lack of comedic competition to hit our cinema screens in 2017 has certainly improved its chances. I’m happy to say that I did not leave the cinema disappointed!  

As a once-rated ‘Triple A Rated’ bodyguard, Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is tasked to protect Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), a hit-man he shares a long history with, which mostly involves Kincaid trying to kill Bryce on multiple occasions. Bryce has to ensure his nemesis makes it to the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands so he can testify against Eastern European dictator, Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman). Dukhovich has no plans to be convicted and sets his best men to hunt down and kill the pair before they reach the court.

Pairing up Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds was a stroke of genius. Reynold’s charm and cockiness pitted against Jackson’s no nonsense, ‘does what he wants’ attitude made for some hilarious exchanges of dialogue and scenes. Its nothing new from the pair of them, but when they’re together they easily bring the laughs. It’s not long into the film before the pair meet, but once they do there are only a few occasions where they aren’t sharing the screen. There’s car chases, rooftop jumps, shoot outs, and a some life lessons learned along the way, which includes one thought-provoking scene about the morality of the pairs jobs and why they both see themselves as the good guy and the other the bad guy.

The supporting cast all bring something a little different to the film. Elodie Yung plays Interpol agent, and Bryce’s ex, Amelia Roussel. Whilst I feel she was criminally underused in this film, she’s a key part of the story and she played it really well. A shout out definitely has to go to Gary Oldman, he played his villainous role superbly and was as scary as he was ruthless. Salma Hayek, again criminally underused, was hilarious in her role as Kincaid’s imprisoned wife, who has even more attitude than he does. The scenes that Hayek and Jackson shared were possibly some of my favourite of the film and I’m definitely all for a spin-off to watch the married couple wreak some havoc together. It would definitely go down in history as the film that uses the word ‘motherfucker’ the most. 

‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ is definitely worth checking out at the cinema. There’s plenty of action, and the bonus of it is that it’s actually shot really well. You’re guaranteed a laugh from Reynolds and Jackson, that’s just a given, but performances all round are absolutely brilliant. The story is fairly predictable, but then again it didn’t ever really try to keep anything secret. Hughes knows that the majority of the audience is there to see Reynolds and Jackson go at each other, and everything else that happens in the process is just a bonus.

Tom’s rating: 6.5 out of 10
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