There are very few actors that go together perfectly in terms of their style and humor. Fortunately, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are two of those actors.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is an action comedy that follows a disgraced bodyguard as he is forced into a new job protecting a hitman while transporting him to the International Criminal Court. The pair must work through their differences to fight together to survive the hordes of bad guys trying to kill them before they reach their goal.
This movie was exactly what I wanted it to be, maybe even a little more. The chemistry between the leads is spot on and leads to funny and memorable moments. As long as you suspend your disbelief at times, the action is very good. There is a scene at the end that is done in one shot (or made to look like one shot) that is particularly impressive. It doesn’t expect you to think too much or dive too deep into serious subject matter. The movie just has fun and allows you to do the same.
Because of that, the story isn’t anything new or fresh. In fact, it never tries to be original in any way. Many of the characters are underdeveloped and purely caricatures of real people. Beyond Reynolds and Jackson, the acting is unimpressive and forgettable. A relationship between two of the characters feels forced. It also takes a few dips from the action for more emotional moments that don’t really work and make the movie drag.
However, the movie knows what it is and never tries to be anything else. It is a funny action movie with captivating leads that work well together. If that sounds like your kind of movie, you’ll probably enjoy this one. I missed it in theaters but caught it on Redbox this week. It’s a perfect turn your brain off on a Saturday kind of movie. The Hitman’s Bodyguard gets a 3.75/5.