If you love Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson and most of the roles they have brought to life over the course of their careers, then you’ll love The Hitman’s Bodyguard. The action comedy, which borrows the buddy-cop formula sees both men playing to their true strengths by basically walking on camera and basically being themselves.
The story focuses on a professional bodyguard who is tasked to protect his arch-nemesis, a hitman who has wrested a deal for his sentence by testifying against a tyrannical warlord. The film sticks close to script of two men, who are at loggerheads with each other who have to make a trip across a country whilst being pursued by bad guys.
Frankly, it echoes the same tone as we’ve seen in films such as Midnight Run (which was excellent btw), but with the benefit of Reynolds and Jackson doing what they do best. Reynolds delivers his deadpan sarcasm with pinpoint accuracy while Jackson basically showcases his verbal cussing abilities.
Combined though, The Hitman’s Bodyguard delivers good laughs, really good action scenes and chase scenes. The film also attempts to inject side stories that are intimately related to two main characters. Although it does break up the pace of the film somewhat, the supporting work by Salma Hayek, Gary Oldman and Elodie Yung are ultimately just small distractions for the Reynolds and Jackson show.
That said, fortunately you won’t tire of both men’s performances in this film and admittedly this action comedy is entertaining as long as you check your brain at the door. If Reynolds and Jackson and formulaic buddy cop actioners aren’t your cup of tea, then it’s probably a good idea to skip this one at the cinema and opt for an On Demand viewing or when it airs on satellite TV sometime in next eight to twelve months.
Popcorn Rating: ***