Review: The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
Fig.1 The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Movie Poster
Imagine having to protect the person that has brought so much pain to your life - this is the job that Michael Bryce (Played by Ryan Reynolds) is forced into when he needs to act as the bodyguard for the infamous hitman, Darius Kincaid (Played by Samuel L. Jackson). Patrick Hughes directs The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) which seems very much like a throwback to action movies of the 1980s and 90s through its characters and dialogue, but does it bring anything new to the table?
Fig.2 Darius Kincaid (Played by Samuel L. Jackson) and Michael Bryce (Played by Ryan Reynolds)
It is the relationship between Darius Kincaid and Michael Bryce where the real intrigue into this story lies. It has a very run-of-the-mill plot and it becomes clear very early on that the film-makers are aware of this. Essentially, both Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds are playing slightly exaggerrated versions of their respective real-life personas. If you are a fan of both actors, then there will be some enjoyment to be had, but it is disappointing that neither seem to be attempting something different. There is certainly some witty banter shared between them, especially near the third act, but the overall pacing affects the comedy heavily and leads to some awkward interactions. The run time is almost 2 hours long, but it feels a lot longer and it certainly could have been cut shorter, which would allow for the humour, and action, to be more constant, leading to a better watching experience. There is an opportunity for an earlier ending, but it just keeps going, frustratingly so.
It features a cliched foreign villain in Vladislav Dukhovich (Played by Gary Oldman), and while Oldman delivers an occasionally menacing performance, he can be considered as nothing more than a clone of Alan Rickman's character, Hans Gruber, in Die Hard (1988). Although the action is fun and well shot, there isn't any scene in particular that stands out, therefore meaning that it can be quite forgettable.
Fig.3 Sonia Kincaid (Played by Salma Hayek)
The stand out character, and performance, is Salma Hayek's portrayal of Darius Kincaid's wife, Sonia. She features sporadically throughout and it may be because of this that makes her scenes stand out. Despite her imprisonment, her charisma is clear and is given some hilarious lines and insults, often aimed at her "innocent" cell mate. The relationship between Darius and Sonia is well developed, and is arguably more interesting than Darius's "relationship" with Michael Bryce due to its complexity and connection between the two actors.
Fig.4 Darius and Michael
Unfortunately, despite the struggle between Darius Kincaid and Michael Bryce leading to some funny back-and-forths between the pair, The Hitman's Bodyguard is too generic and slow paced to leave much of a lasting impression. If you are a fan of both lead actors and have two hours that you want to waste, this may be a good choice, but it is nothing more than a time filler.
Fig.1 The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Movie Poster - http://thefancarpet.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TheHitmansBodyguard_Poster.jpg - (Accessed 29/08/2017)
Fig.2 Darius Kincaid (Played by Samuel L. Jackson) and Michael Bryce (Played by Ryan Reynolds) - https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/AN6dZTjEEEUmgQEMrr3DQA--/aD03MjA7dz0xMjgwO3NtPTE7YXBwaWQ9eXRhY2h5b24-/https://s.yimg.com/os/creatr-images/GLB/2017-05-10/84234610-3566-11e7-8a0b-d15ef925c616_hitman-bodyguard.jpg - (Accessed 29/08/2017)
Fig.3 Sonia Kincaid (Played by Salma Hayek) - http://www.kissottawa.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2017/08/SALMA.jpg - (Accessed 29/08/2017)
Fig.4 Darius and Michael - https://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/hitman-bodyguard.jpg - (Accessed 29/08/2017)