Synopsis from IMDB: The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put aside their differences and work together to make it to the trial on time.
This movie survives off of the banter and chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Sam Jackson. That's not necessarily a bad thing as the movie has some truly funny moments. The story revolves around Reynolds character having to transport Jackson's to the World Court in Hague. They are being tracked by mercenaries trying to keep Jackson's character from testifying. One of my favorite characters in the movie is Salma Hayek who plays Jackson's wife. Every time she came onscreen I was laughing at the stuff she was saying and doing. The comedy worked with this movie and I feel that it is the strong point of the movie. The action scenes weren't bad they were just sequences that I have seen before and done better. Visually, the movie is like your standard action movie from the 80's or 90's, so a certain amount of cheesiness should be expected. To me, it worked as they didn't go to overboard with it and once again the comedy helped with those scenes.
Gary Oldman is one of my favorite actors and I don't want to say his performance as the main villain of the movie is a bad one but I will say that it is very cliche. One of my issues with this movie is just that, the villain and his Merc's-R-Us henchman. If you have been following this blog then you know that I can't stand the henchman-r-us trope. At this point, it's just tired and played out to me. Also, the story itself is pretty weak. If it weren't for Jackson and Reynolds I don't think that this movie would have worked, honestly. If anything, this movie is a throwback to 90's action cinema. If you love that I think you won't have a problem with the movie. However, if you want a little more from the film then this may not be the movie for you.
The movie is Rated R for strong language and violence. Sam Jackson in an R rated movie there will be ample uses of the "MF" word. There isn't any real gore but there are a couple of headshots and stabbings in the film. The movie runs close to two hours but it's paced well so I didn't really feel the time and it doesn't drag at any point.
I enjoyed this movie and think that it's worth a MATINEE. I think the banter and the comedy is what makes this movie worth watching. There were a couple of scenes where I was laughing out loud and I think as far as that is concerned I think that this movie is good little afternoon movie on the weekend. Have you seen The Hitman's Bodyguard? What did you think of the movie? Let's talk about it in the comments and as always thanks for reading.
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