What do you get when you put Nick Fury and Deadpool in one movie together? Mayhem, that’s what and that is exactly what The Hitman’s Bodyguard delivered.
Synopsis: After being promised that his wife (Salma Hayek) could go free, professional assassin Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) finally agrees to become a prime witness in the trial of Belarusian president Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) for crimes committed against humanity. All of the witnesses have either been killed or have disappeared but Darius, with the help of agent Amelia Roussel (Elodie Young), narrowly escapes an ambush. To get him to court, Amelia enlists the help of her former boyfriend Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds), a former Triple A certified bodyguard. Unbeknownst to her, Darius and Michael have a long history of animosity between them.
While most action comedies cast a white guy and a black guy together for laughs, this film is quite different. Forget the stereotypes, Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds are the kings of sass. A number of zingers that they threw and returned to each other made for such a first class comedy that I was wiping tears from my eyes the whole time. Darius and Michael were complete opposites but each one gave as good as they got and it was a great partnership on-screen that was communicated to the audience.
I loved how this entire film played out. There was no dull moment. It’s either Darius and Michael were being shot at or they were shooting barbs effortlessly at each other. The tongue in cheek manner in which they delivered their dialogues was a testament to their great talent as actors. They can do comedy just as they could do drama and The Hitman’s Bodyguard, though I don’t think its the best title, showcased their abilities to full force. The supporting cast also pulled their own weight so it was really a group effort.
Aside from the pure entertainment of listening to these two actors bicker on screen, the stunts were also amazing. Car chases? Check. Water chases? Check. Explosions, gunshots and even electrocution? Check, check and check.
All in all, director Patrick Hughes delivered on one very entertaining movie. He chose his actors well and used them to make the film larger than life. Kudos to writer Tim O’ Connor as well for coming up with a story and script that keeps the audience on their toes. It’s true that this was not the first time that Ryan Reynolds or Samuel L. Jackson played a similar role but when they come together, it’s seriously lit.
PS: Samuel Jackson has effectively elevated the word mot*erf*cker into an art form.