Movie Review: The Odd Couple Duo of ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Delivers Late Summer Laughs and Explosions

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel Jackson, Salma Hayek,Elodie Yung, Gary Oldman

Director: Patrick Hughes

Running Time: 118 Minutes

Release Date: August 18th, 2017

The Hitman’s Bodyguard begins with Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds), an elite bodyguard for wealthy clients, at a point in his life where he is at the top of his game in his fancy clothes and his fancy Jaguar. However, when things go south with a client it cuts to the present day, where he has less wealthier clients to cater to and a car that according to many smells like “ass,” and not the good kind apparently.

However, the international community has bigger worries, with a court case featuring the ex-president of Belarus, Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), who is accused of crimes against humanity, including making witnesses in his case disappear. This is where The Hitman, Darius Kincaid comes in, played by none other than Samuel L. Jackson. He is not afraid to testify against Dukhovich as long as his wife (Salma Hayek) goes free. The issue is safely transporting him to the Netherlands without ending up like all the other witnesses.

This is where the true comedy occurs, as Bryce and Kincaid meet when it IS clear Interpol has a mole and they have to bring in someone without connections to any agency.  With a history between them, they take their pissing contest into new levels. However, they find that they have to work together and try to keep each other alive.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard has plenty of action and even some romance, and plenty moments of comedy in which Kincaid manages to throw in the word “Mother*ucker” as often as he can. The stunts aren’t too crazy when coupled with realistic injuries.  One of the interesting things you wouldn’t expect is the honesty and friendship between these two, but I guess running against the clock with people trying to kill you brings people together.

In a way, I find that more believable than the relationship with Bryce and Agent Roussel (Elodie Yung). At times, it’s just awkward to watch, due to their total lack of chemistory. However, Reynolds and Jackson are the stars of this movie, with Hayek throwing in some surprising laughs of her own. It is 118  minutes of bullets, laughs, and so many “ Muther*uckers” that it would have felt wrong without them.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is Recommended if You Like: Curse Words, Bullets Flying, Comedy

Grade: 3.5 out of 5 Cars That Smell Like Ass

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