The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Jays Rating:

If you’re in the mood for a buddy comedy with hundreds of shots being fired and cars racing down the streets every 15 minutes, you may want to check out the action comedy, The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Two years in the not so distant past, Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) owned his own protection agency until the client he was “protecting” is killed, no one will hire him, so he quickly loses everything. In the meantime, an evil dictator named Vladislaz Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) is on trial in Europe and a world-class assassin, Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) is asked to testify against him. Well, he isn’t really asked but Interpol agreed to release his wife Sonia Kincaid (Salma (Hayk) from prison if he agrees. Interpol asks Bryce – who has become a small-time personal bodyguard – to escort Kincaid to the trial in Europe to testify against the dictator. Bryce and Kincaid are trying their best to make it to the trial, but before long they’re ambushed by the dictator’s gunmen who try to stop them from completing their mission. After several awesome car chases and gun fights, the two arrive at their destination, but the audience already knows how this story will end. This film has over the top action and hilarious scenes as soon as the two stars hit the road. Reynolds and Jackson play off each other perfectly and it’s the main reason this movie works. Yes, it’s formulaic, a lot of F-bombs and several ridiculous parts. (Jackson is shot in the leg in the beginning of the film but is soon jumping off buildings.) There were a couple semi-funny scenes between the two leads talking about their wife and girlfriend and surprisingly there were no nasty sex jokes sprinkled in that dialogue. This film doesn’t have the best material but it’s very entertaining and I’m giving it a B rating.