The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek
Directed By: Patrick Hughes
Ryan Reynolds stars as a Michael Bryce a top executive bodyguard of the highest ranking. Michaels world crashes down around him when one of his clients is killed. Two years later Michael is a low rent bodyguard, with no luxuries. Michael is contacted by his ex girlfriend Interpol agent Amelia Roussel to escort Darius Kincaid ( Samuel L Jackson) the worlds most deadliest assassin from Manchester to The Hague in The Netherlands. Even though Bryce and Kincaid have history, Bryce must keep Kincaid out of harm’s way as he is one person who has enough evidence to put corrupt dictator Vladislav Dukhovich behind bars.
This movie plays to Reynolds strength comedy wise, it’s more or less like Deadpool but minus the suit, Reynolds character has the fight skills, gun skills and most importantly the one liners. As for Samuel L Jackson he could play this role in his sleep, I genuinely forgot how badass Jackson was, he is 69 years old and that does not show on screen, his bad assery as Darius Kincaid would even impress John Wick. He is an ace with a gun and can mowdown waves upon waves of henchmen with ease, or just take them down hand to hand.
The movie doesn’t lack action, the body count for this movie I would say is definitely hitting 100!! The chemistry between Reynolds and Jackson is awesome, they seem to bounce off eachother so naturally, which makes the jokes/ banter twice as funny. Gary Oldman who plays the villain looks to be having a great time and I have always thought Gary Oldman holds a great screen presence. We also get a sort of side story of Darius’s wife Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek) who is currently in prison. You can see right from the minute Hayek is on screen that she is having a great time, her character would be just as crazy and dangerous as Samuel L Jackson’s. I won’t ruin anything that happens while she is on-screen.
If any plans for a sequel come to light I would love too see Reynolds getting lumbered with Scott Adkins character Mike Fallon from the movie Accident Man, as I think his character would be right at home in this universe, plus would be good to see the two people who played Deadpool in the same movie.
Overall I would recommend watching this film as it’s a great action/comedy, if you missed the cinema run it is currently on Netflix!!
Reviewed By Jeff Turner