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The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)

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The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

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The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

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The world's top protection agent has a new client: His worst enemy. See more »

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18 August 2017 (USA)  »

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Ryan Reynolds, Elodie Yung, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard E. Grant and Gary Oldman have all played comic book characters. Ryan Reynolds played Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in Green Lantern (2011), and Wade Wilson/Deadpool in Deadpool (2016), Elodie Yung played Elektra Natchios in Netflix's Daredevil (2015), Samuel L. Jackson played Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Richard E. Grant played Dr. Zander Rice in Logan (2017), and Gary Oldman played James Gordon in The Dark Knight Trilogy. See more »

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Michael Bryce: You won't last one hour without me.
Darius Kinkaid: Fuck you!
Michael Bryce: Eat my ass!
Darius Kinkaid: That's what she said.
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Spoofs The Bodyguard (1992) See more »

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Ships on the Ocean
Performed by Junior Wells
Written by Junior Wells (as Amos Blakemore)
Published by Dimension Gate Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Delmark
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Formulaic and Weak
10 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If all you're looking for an early August action comedy that's Rush Hour (1998) without the kung fu or Midnight Run (1988) with ten times more uses of the word "mother**ker," then boy is there a movie out there for you; for while The Hit-man's Bodyguard can't exactly be accused for being boring, it can be docked a couple of points for being an unoriginal Hollywood calculation. One where the algebra is wholly dependent on the charisma of its two leads. Story, side characters, point…nothing else really matters so buckle up.

Ryan Reynolds is Michael Bryce, a down-on-his luck bodyguard, forced by an ex (Yung) to transport an important court witness. But when he arrives, he discovers that star witness is none other than Darius Kincaid (Jackson) the world's most deadly assassin. Now with half of Eastern Europe hot on their heels, Ryan Reynolds discovers that being the bodyguard of a hit-man turned informant is no easy task. Ryan Reynold is – The Hit-man's Bodyguard.

Now if that doesn't sound like a plot cooked up and belched out by the 90's trailer narrator guy then I've got a couple of Jim Belushi movies for you to check out. The movie, its characters, its story beats all feel second rate, and that's despite what feels like a record being set for establishing shots - forcing a European tinge every time our central duo drives here or there. When the weak script does manage to cobble enough for a show-stopping set-piece, what's placed on the screen feels like lost action scenes from This Means War (2012). Something tells me we have Windows Moviemaker to thank for all the car explosions.

Of course a lot of this can be forgiven, provided Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds deliver the goods in quips, jabs and one-liners. And while it'd be nice to say these two infinitely charismatic actors knock it out of the park, the plain truth is neither is really playing to their strength. Jackson is pigeonholed as a well-meaning but sloppy assassin whose utilitarian swagger, he argues justifies his questionable actions. His Kincaid is certainly a far cry from Jules in Pulp Fiction (1994) and more akin to Denzel Washington in Safe House (2012) on maximum f**k it (a movie which coincidentally starred Ryan Reynolds protecting a fugitive).

Ryan Reynolds on the other hand is, once again, cast as a fussy, beleaguered do-gooder who's in over his head and constantly put upon, but manages to pull through because he tries really, really hard! The results are pretty much the same as R.I.P.D. (2013) and The Proposal (2009) which is to say, near the best part of the movie but NOT his strengths. I don't get it – he's more than proved himself as a roguish leading man, so when the hell are they going to finally let his Van Wilder (2002) freak flag fly? The rest of the cast doesn't fare any better. Gary Oldman is very much slumming it as a genocidal Belarusian President while Salma Hayek is given near nothing to do as Kincaid's incarcerated wife. Elodie Yung's character does have a little more bearing on the plot but her early promise as a capable Interpol agent is set aside so she can be honored with the role of the proverbial last act love prize.

As formulaic as The Hit-man's Bodyguard is, at least it doesn't hide its hackneyed plot with a sardonic tone. It's light – perhaps too light for all the blood-splatter involved – but it never purposely insults its audience by say, trying to haphazardly explain why Samuel L. Jackson can take a bullet to the leg then jump a multistory building like it's nothing. It's dumb but it never makes you feel dumb for watching it.


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