The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Aug 22, 17 The Hitman’s Bodyguard

In Cinemas AUGUST 24

SYNOPSIS:

The world’s top protection agent is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their journey from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator who is out for blood.

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REVIEW:

Nerida:

Do you like Samuel L. Jackson’s “mother-trucker” personae?  Do you enjoy Ryan Reynolds charming-roguish personae?  Do you think it would fun if these two mismatched personas were matched together in a buddy picture?  If so, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is the film for you.

Directed by Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3), The Hitman’s Bodyguard delivers EXACTLY what you want/expect it to deliver.  A fun, action-y romp with Ryan Reynolds being charming and roguish (and a bit “put upon”) while Samuel L. Jackson chews every scene that he is in while (very) frequently sprinkling in his trademark “mother-trucker” lines in each scene.

There is not much new here.  The plot and destination is irrelevant (and Gary Oldman professionally mails in his “bad guy” role to emphasise just how irrelevant it is).  It is the JOURNEY to the destination that matters and like other “mismatched folks on the run” films like Midnight Run, this one creates a journey that is well worth watching.  The pair in the lead are terrific together, and play off each other well.  The action is “good enough” (but, again, nothing new) and by the end, I found myself rooting for these two – and had a good time along the way.

Special notice should be made of Salma Hayek who does her best Samuel L. Jackson imitation in the role of SLJ’s wife, trying to match him beat for beat (or “mother-trucker” for “mother-trucker”) and, while she doesn’t always succeed, it is fun to watch her try.

A very enjoyable – if forgettable – way to spend a few hours.

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