The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Film Review

Rating: 3 / 5 stars

What’s it about?

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is directed by Patrick Hughes and stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel Jackson, Gary Oldman, Elodie Yung and Salma Hayek.

Interpol officer Amelia Roussel played by Elodie Yung is tasked with transporting world renowned assassin Darius Kincade to the international court in Hague to provide testimonial against dictator Vladislav Duchovich(Gary Oldman), who stands accused of genocide. On her way there, her convoy is attacked, and most of her collegues are killed in the ensuing battle. Not knowing who to trust anymore, she enlists the services of her ex-boyfriend Michael Bryce(Ryan Reynolds), a AAA rated bodyguard to transport Kincade to the Hague. What Michael and Kincade go through to get to their destination forms the rest of the film.

What’s Good?

The main reason to watch this film is for the crackling chemistry shared by Ryan Reynolds and  Samuel Jackson. At some points in the film, I genuinely felt that they were just improvising dialogue on the go, instead of reading off  a script. It is a real treat for their respective fans to watch them have a go at each other. There are certain portions of the film where the action and mayhem takes a backseat and focuses on ‘Love’ as experienced by the characters. These portions are handled with a surprisingly delicate touch and add depth to the characters.

Action in the film is decent, with some good gun fights and car chases. The film is shot all across Europe and so the locations are expectedly beautiful.

What’s Not?

This is essentially a road trip film, so there is not much in terms of story to the film. It is basically getting from point A to point B within a stipulated amount of time. While this is fine for the kind of buddy road trip film the makers were going for, the fans of the genre and cinephiles may feel a little shortchanged due to this.  Casual viewers will, however, have a good time watching this film.

Performances

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel Jackson play Michael Bryce and Darius Kincade respectively and these characters seem to be a cinematic version of themselves. The chemistry shared by the actors is extraordinary and is the main reason to see the film. Gary Oldman plays the villain here with aplomb. In fact, this role is a good throwback to the roles he used to play in the early stages of his career as a villain. Salma Hayek is the scene stealer of the film. Even though she is in the film for all but five scenes, she plays her role with great gusto and owns every scene she is in. Elodie Yung is OK in her role, but after seeing her as the fiery Elektra in the Daredevil series on Netflix, this role feels very one note for an actress of her caliber.

Final Word

A decent action road trip film that relies heavily on the charisma of its stars, this is a breezy fun one time watch.


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