Friday, January 19, 2018

Film Review: The Hitman's Bodyguard

Sexuality/Nudity Mature 
Violence Mature
Vulgarity Mature
Anti-Catholic Philosophy Mature

Wasted potential.

That is the main thought that went through my head as I watched this movie.

Ryan Reynolds plays Michael Bryce who runs a high end security company.  But when I high-profile client is assasinated, he loses everything and is reduced to taking petty jobs.  But then his ex-wife Ameilia (Elodi Yung) asks him to take a dangerous job: escort convicted hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) to the international criminal court to testify against war criminal Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman).  Dukhovich has an army of assassins who will do anything to prevent this violent odd couple from reaching their destination.

A movie like this depends on the interaction between the two leads.  Reynolds and Jackson are as charismatic as they have ever been.  But the script lets them down.

Nearly all of the jokes fall flat and they suffer from what I call "Paul Feig Syndrome" where the filmmakers take a joke and draw it out hoping that by doing so they will increase the humor.  But this is a difficult comedic nut to crack and The Hitman's Bodyguard does not do it well.

The action scenes are fine but unremarkable.  Again, every potential amazing thing is done with mediocre effect.  This is especially true in the case of Gary Oldman.  If you are going to employ the greatest living actor, give him something more to do.  Even when he goes cartoonishly over-the-top he is at least entertaining.  And pitting him against Jackson and Reynolds should be a fantastic arrangement, but nothing comes of it.

This is one of those movies that is neither lives up to its premise's potential nor is it aggressively bad enough to be enjoyed as trash.  Instead it is a piece of forgettable cinema that leaves you as soon as you leave the theater.
picture by Yasir72,multan

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