Wildly funny adventure
The Hitman’s Bodyguard Rated: MA15+ Review: Ashwini Saseedaran Rating: 7/10
WHO is more evil? He who kills evil people or he who protects them? The Hitman’s Bodyguard leaves this question unanswered through its wildly funny and thrilling 24-hour adventure between a play-by-the-rules protection agent Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and convicted manipulative assassin Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson).
Required by Interpol to testify against the bloodthirsty dictator of Belarus, Darius’ convoy to The Hague is ambushed and soon Bryce is hired to safeguard the convict’s journey to the trial.
Despite their ongoing argument of whose moral compass is closer north, the mismatched duo are hilarious in their respective approaches to murder and having to keep the other alive.
The on-screen chemistry and ridiculous banter between Jackson and Reynolds earns hearty laughs, especially from Jackson’s familiar cackle, comical expressions and well-known phrases.
Thrilling high-speed car and boat chases throughout exotic European locations demands attention with its jumble of obstacles and head-turning action sequences.
In following the footsteps of Rush Hour and Bad Boys, Hollywood adds another buckle of diverse buddy roles to its belt of action comedies.
The heavy predictability of such comedic, mission-oriented films, however, leaves no room for surprises and the expected is what happens.
In saying that, the flick unexpectedly introduces religious motifs alongside ruthless murder and violence, something stories of this nature tend to leave out.
A hitch-hike ride with a bus full of nuns has the assassin and bodyguard surprisingly singing along to gospel tunes, another reminder that although some may sin, they sin for the greater good.
Some slow scenes and disappointing female leads (kudos to her effort but Salma Hayek as anything but a Latina fashionista just does not work) almost had the film shelved.
But in the end, Jackson’s devil-may-care nature coupled with Reynolds’ attitude offered enough charisma to rescue itself from just another buddy flick.
Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds star together and opposite each other in the funny and thrilling The Hitman’s Bodyguard.