The Hitman’s Bodyguard stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, as their characters go on an action fueled adventure in order to get Jackson to testify against a bad guy played by Gary Oldman.
Reynolds plays Michael Bryce, a “triple A” bodyguard, whose career revolves around protecting rather evil people. When well known assassin Darius Kincaid, played by Jackson, is willing to testify against Gary Oldman’s character, Dukhovich, Bryce must protect Darius from Dukovich’s minions who plan to kill Darius before he can reach the International Court of Justice.
This film is filled with action from start to finish. However, though the action is decent, with only a couple of snags here and there, it really has nothing more to offer. I commend both Reynolds and Jackson in their previous acting abilities, but the humor in this film fell short. After constant one-liners from both of the main characters, these two begin to grate on your nerves, and their time on screen becomes too much. There were only a few laughs, which the majority of them are shown in the trailer. I can tell by the nonexistent laughs of the fellow audience members who watched this film alongside me. The film becomes stale after the first hour, which causes you to keep checking your watch before too long.
I will say that Jackson still held his own against Reynolds. Jackson plays the same old mother f***ing character that we’ve seen in his previous roles. Mostly in Quentin Tarantino films. However, it was Salma Hayek who was absolutely hilarious on screen. Her time is short and sporadic, as she plays Darius’ incarcerated wife, who on her own, lends herself to some great action scenes. Hayek was funny to watch in spurts of sarcastic and crude humor, as the other characters became predictable.
The trailers of this movie gave high hopes for this film being action-packed and funny. But in the end, it’s not the film that it was marketed to be. With only the action to get us through to the end, this film is nothing but a summer letdown.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, and Gary Oldman