The Hitman's Bodyguard follows the arduous journey of a top protection agent and a seasoned hit man as they travel to the Hague to testify against a villainous dictator. Action-packed with generous humour, it's the perfect summer film.
Ryan Reynolds stars in the film as Michael Bryce, a top protection agent who fell from grace after failing to keep an important client out of harm's way. Samuel L. Jackson stars alongside him as Darius Kincaid, a highly-skilled hit man who ended up behind bars. The film uses the streets of London, Manchester, and Amsterdam as the backdrop for the story. Bryce and Kincaid race to get to the to the Hague, as they only have 24 hours to get there if they're going to end murderous Belarusian dictator Vladislav Dukhovich's reign of terror.
The two are mortal enemies after a fateful event in their past, and have polar opposite personalities to boot. Yet, despite their bad blood, they can only depend on each other as Dukhovich's hit men follow them in hot pursuit. As you can imagine, it's quite funny to see these two forced to ride in a car together. The chemistry between Bryce and Kincaid drives the plot and stirs up quite a bit of humour, which will have you laughing right the way through.
While the film follows an archetypal action film formula, there are still ways that it breaks the mould that keeps it fresh. It has all the things you'd expect in an action film; high-speed chases, explosions, double agents, and questionable disguises among other things. The strong female characters breathe fresh air into the film, and Salma Hayek especially stands out as Kincaid's fiery wife. There are also a few plot twists that keep the film from being too predictable.
The film breaks the fourth wall several times as it makes several nods to past films Reynolds and Jackson have starred in. References are made to Jackson's iconic role as hit man Jules in Pulp Fiction and Deadpool as they allude to 'that Ryan Reynolds film where the action is over-the-top and the comedy segments are constantly breaking the fourth wall'. These small details contribute to the comedic personality of the film.
The action in the film is definitely the highlight. There are few lulls in the excitement and Reynolds and Jackson downplay it, which keeps the mood light. The action scenes are choreographed intricately and ramp up the suspense. You just cannot help but sit on the edge of your seat with your eyes glued to the screen. And this is coming from someone who hates action films.
On That Note
All in all, The Hitman's Bodyguard is a fast-paced action flick that doesn't take itself too seriously. Reynolds has great comedic timing and, of course, anything with Samuel L. Jackson is bound to be good. The nonstop action in combination with raucous comedy will keep you thoroughly entertained - The Hitman's Bodyguard is the perfect film to go see with your mates this summer.
The Hitman's Bodyguard release date: 17th August 2017