This new release action and comedy film directed by Australian director, Patrick Hughes, tells the story of how the world’s prime protection agent Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is requested to become the bodyguard for the world’s prime hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson). Although both have been rivals and mortal enemies for years on the job, they are forced to put their differences aside as they come to face adversity. Bryce’s role is to safely deliver Kincaid to the International Criminal Court, so that he can be a witness against ruthless Slavic dictator, Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman). They are later joined by Jackson’s onscreen notorious wife, Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek).
It’s clear to see that this is a film not to be missed for the summer, and has the potential to be enjoyed among adults and young adults (film is rated R).
Overall, the film’s plot is rather standard. The concept of enemies being forced to work together for the greater good, as well as the obvious antagonist who lacks complete substance in character; along with the added comedic feature so that the film still has it’s quirky and somewhat relatable traits that can resonate well with it’s viewers. With all the action/comedy duo clichés thrown into the mix; it does seem to recycle certain concepts from previous films of a similar plot; ranging from Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Nice Guys, and Central Intelligence to name a few.
With that being said, it still pulls through as a comedic, witty, and banter-filled film that is something expected from the group of A List actors (Reynolds, Jackson, Oldman & Hayek). They add more zest to the movie with their enlightening presence because to put it simply, the entire cast seem as though they’re enjoying themselves throughout the entire film- you can really see the spark in their eyes and how much fun Jackson has with his countless use of cuss words along with Ryan’s usual witty comebacks.
They certainly bring the characters to life too- this was evident through Kincaid’s short but sharp line “I AM harm’s way. My job is to harm,” after Bryce constantly complains to him about how Kincaid keeps setting himself up for danger. The ongoing contrast of their worlds somehow collide quite smoothly in this film, and that’s what makes it an easy watch because despite the bias of the film duplicating previous films concepts; there’s no denial that this is what a summer movie should revolve around. Older viewers will most likely have a good hearty laugh than the younger audience due to the crude and dark humor used throughout the film.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is worth the viewing if you’re feeling the vibes of a Jackson/Reynolds collaboration- a collab filled with cussing, wit, mayhem and even musical attributes- which is all the more reason to give this film a go!