As we sadly come to the end of the summer movie season, we have a couple of films before we say hello to fall. Now sometimes those films are some really good gems or garbage. With The Hitman’s Bodyguard, it’s hard to tell because it falls straight down the middle. It feels lazy but there are some people who are trying to achieve some greatness here.
Ryan Reynolds portrays Michael Bryce who at one time was one of the best protection agents in the world. After an incident, he is demoted and protecting horrible clients. This all changes when he gets a call from his ex-wife (Elodie Yung) about an assignment to protect Darius Kincaid, the most dangerous hitman. Michael must protect Darius before he testifies against Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), a notorious Russian dictator.
Throughout the whole movie, it doesn’t feel like Ryan Reynolds or Samuel L Jackson aren’t playing their characters but more being themselves. Not exactly but it’s Ryan Reynolds giving out quips and Samuel L Jackson yelling out motherfucker while ranting. Their star power overshadows the movie but that’s not a bad thing because they’re the best part of the movie. Their banter was hilarious to see and I wouldn’t mind if the whole was just them together. These two actors are pretty funny on their own but together it’s like a tennis match, go back and forth with quips and insults.
With the expectation of Salma Hayek who is a standout in her scenes, the rest of the cast is meh. They’re not god awful but it’s just so bland and nothing really pops on screen. It’s funny because these actors (Gary Oldman and Elodie Yung) usually have some great presence but don’t have good material to work with. Gary Oldman character just pops up from time to time and distracts from seeing the Reynolds/Jackson chemistry. Then Yung’s character is just the romantic foil to Reynolds and that’s it.
The biggest flaw with this movie is the amount of generic material present here. A huge chunk of the action-comedy cliches are present and not only can you spot them a mile away but predict what will happen. You got Michael who’s the guy who plays by the rules then Darius is the reckless guy who puts the whole thing in danger. We’ve all seen this story before and nothing new adds to this idea. Yeah, they just to make fun of it but those jokes didn’t work as well.
Overall The Hitman’s Bodyguard is just an okay movie. The writing is just filled with all of these cliches that make watching the film feel predictable. However, thanks to the chemistry of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson, it raises this film from mediocrity to something that’s just okay. When it comes out on rental or cable then I recommend you see it.
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