The Hitman's Bodyguard

"You're shooting the wrong way!"
Verdict: 
5/10 - Very silly and inconsistent; this comedy is seriously hit-and-miss.
Release Date: 
Thursday, August 17, 2017
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Ryan Reynolds is put in charge of protecting Samuel L. Jackson in this action comedy caper

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A hitman certainly doesn't seem like someone who needs the protection of a bodyguard, but that is certainly what happens in this ridiculous action comedy.

Darius Kincaid (Jackson) is a hitman who is serving time in jail and needs to be transported to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands to testify against Eastern European dictator Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman).

Dukhovich's team have been killing off all potential witnesses to remove all of the evidence against him at the trial, and it is likely he will go free unless Interpol can get Darius there before it ends.

However, there is a mole within Interpol so Dukhovich's men know where they are at every turn which prompts agent Amelia Ryder (Elodie Young) to call in private protection agent Michael Bryce (Reynolds), who happens to be her ex-boyfriend, to take over the mission and get Kincaid to The Hague in one piece.

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Reynolds and Jackson seem like a match made in comedy heaven and it could have been a really successful comedy partnership if the script was better.

They certainly inject a lot of life, humour and energy into the movie and a lot of their exchanges are fun to watch, but the comedy is largely based on them yelling and swearing at each other, which does wear thin after a while.

It's hard to know why Oldman signed on for the movie as he gets barely anything to do, except in the finale. Meanwhile, Salma Hayek steals the show and proves her comedy chops as Sonia Kincaid, the over-the-top and foul-mouthed wife of Jackson's character.

The script is wildly inconsistent, so some parts fall totally flat while others are excellent.

It is hard to know if some moments were deliberately bad to serve as a parody of the action genre or if they were just bad. For example, Michael and Amelia's love story was incredibly cheesy, with obvious music changes when things become romantic.

There are plenty of action sequences from car chases, hand-to-hand combat, and shootouts, and while these are pretty good, the CGI feels a little on the cheap side as there are some obvious green screen moments.

Although it is very hit-and-miss, the leads elevate the so-so material, making the movie fun and entertaining to watch and producing a number of laugh-out-loud moments.

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