Thanks to Roadshow Films we had the chance to see ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard‘ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
‘The Hitman’s Bodygaurd’ stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson and Gary Oldman. The film centres around Darius Kincaid (Samuel L Jackson), a notorious hitman who agrees to testify against the ‘evil’ dictator of Belarus (Gary Oldman), in exchange for his wife’s (Salma Hayek) release from prison. Well, things don’t go according to plan. The mission to move Kincaird from his prison in Dublin to The International Court in Holland is compromised –enter, Michael Bryce (Reynolds) – aka former top body guard now a ‘has-been’ – called in as a last resort.
‘The Hitman’s Body Guard’ treads the well worn track of the buddy action/comedy film. Aiming to mix the comedy of the Lethal Weapon series with the high action Bourne canon, the film falls short on both accounts. The film does have some funny moments and both Reynolds and Jackson deliver some good lines but the film overdoes the car bickering.
Both Reynolds and Jackson are playing themselves. Reynold’s character is grumpy, cynical and full of sarcastic jokes (wait, haven’t we seen him play this role in EVERY film he is in?). Whilst Jackson is overly boisterous with every second line being a swear word (Pulp Fiction + every other film?). The film relies on these actor’s natural charm to sustain the plot – always a dangerous policy.
‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ struggles to add anything new to the action comedy genre. The film struggles to gain momentum and the over simplified plot leaves you frankly, bored. Although Jackson and Hayek’s love story is a refreshing touch, a convoluted love story between Reynolds and his ex (Elodie Yung) is very forced and out of place.
‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ was made with good intentions, aiming to be a fun, action packed, comedy film. Although not without some funny scenes and good stunts, the film struggles in execution.
‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ isn’t the worst action comedy film out there, but will leave you as soon as the credits roll.
In cinemas August 31st