Movie Review: The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman

Directed by: Patrick Hughes

Belarusian dictator Vladislav Dukhovich is standing trail in the Netherlands for genocide. With a serious lack of evidence and key witnesses being killed off there is only one man who stands in the way of Dukhovich and freedom – hitman Darius Kincaid. He agrees to give evidence against the dictator but there is a leak in Interpol which threatens to prevent Kincaid from getting to The Hague in time.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a fun and action packed movie with a great cast which combine well to produce a thoroughly enjoyable film. I’ll be honest and admit that I wasn’t really expecting much from this as the brief synopsis on Netflix made it sound very similar to Safe House (2012) which also starred Ryan Reynolds and that was very average despite having a good cast, I was anticipating more of the same. While the plot of the movie was quite predictable the action scenes were great and Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson shared great chemistry as Reynolds plays the bodyguard (Michael Bryce) of Samuel L. Jackson (Darius Kincaid) a world renowned assassin who is due to give evidence against the brutal dictator of Belarus, played by Gary Oldman. Gary Oldman was a strange choice to play an Eastern European dictator but I found his accent to be rather believable and his performance was pretty good overall despite his limited screen time.

As I briefly mentioned the action sequences in this movie were incredible to watch and so much better than I had expected. The chase scenes, especially when Darius Kincaid was driving a boat through the canals of Amsterdam, were fantastic and the music selected was perfect. I mean how can you not enjoy a movie that has Samuel L. Jackson being chased on a boat through Amsterdam by heavily armed Eastern Europeans with the song “Black Betty” playing, it just ticked all the right boxes. As ever with any Ryan Reynolds movie the comedy here was at times brilliant although it didn’t always hit the mark but overall was of high standard as him and Samuel L. Jackson do a great job together to churn out a great deal of laughs. Selma Hayek is also wonderful in her small role as Kincaid’s wife who is just as crazy as he is as she’s in prison for the crimes that he’s committed although she’s no slice of innocence either. Her small role was excellently handled and written as it was an enjoyable performance by a great actress.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard did inevitably have its flaws and its main one was its predictability. From the beginning I knew there would be a rat inside Interpol who is working for Dukhovich and at no point in the movie did I feel that Bryce and Kincaid would fail with their mission. While there were moments of brilliance I felt that the predictable nature didn’t leave much to the imagination as every turn was easy to see. Also when the two heroes of the day do find themselves in a slight spot of bother something would always happen which made it very convenient for them to get back on track with considerable ease.

Overall, while predictable this movie offered an abundance of quality entertainment with its witty comedy and great action scenes. Would definitely recommend it as The Hitman’s Bodyguard allows you to immerse yourself in the film and just be entertained.

7/10

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