The world’s top protection agent is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their journey from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator who is out for blood.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. This film is pretty much what you would think it is on paper: a mindless action flick. It doesn’t require you to think that much and there is some definite fun to be had with it.
This film’s main selling point also ends up being its most redeeming quality. This being the two main leads played by Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. Their chemistry is the heart of this movie and what pushes from mediocre to an enjoyable action flick. Salma Hayek, who plays the wife of Sam Jackson’s character is also really hilarious here. She stole every scene she was in and was surprisingly one of the best parts of the movie. Gary Oldman plays the villain and his portrayal was not really up to par with the rest of the cast. He’s usually great, but I thought he seemed just a bit misplaced compared to everyone else.
This movie isn’t completely hilarious but some jokes are pretty funny. There’s nothing to really fall out of your chair about. There is more of a focus on the action rather than comedy and the film might have benefited more if that aspect was reversed.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard does have its fair share of issues, but they are easily brushed off due to the fact that this is pretty much and mindless popcorn flick and the filmmakers are aware of it. The relationship between the two main characters I thought seemed a bit rushed and sort of up and down. They go from enemies to kind of okay to enemies again to friends and so on and so forth. I think it could have benefited from just ironing out their relationship and letting it build throughout the runtime instead of such abrupt changes. I also felt the villains didn’t really have any serious purpose and they’re just kind of cookie cutter disposable bad guys like you’d fight off in the campaign of a video game. But again this is a mindless action movie, so who cares.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a pretty basic action comedy but it’s saved by the charisma and the chemistry of the two leads. It’s kind of dumb but there’s fun to be had, and why fault it for knowing exactly what it is?