Late summer movies shouldn’t be too heavy, and that’s exactly why ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ hits its target. This is not a great film….it’s barely a good film. But it has two likeable stars who appear to be having an absolute blast, and that kind of stuff can be infectious.
Guilty pleasure category – please welcome your newest addition.
An action comedy with probably one too many hand-to-hand combat sequences, one too many car chases, one too many shootouts and WAAAAY too many f-bombs (but then, when you wander into any film with Samuel L. Jackson, you know exactly what you’re going to get), ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ is pretty over-the-top. It’s also pretty dumb. And again, that makes it pretty darn entertaining.
Ryan Reynolds plays a down-on-his-luck bodyguard – he once was the head of a tip-top security organization, until the V.I.P. he was protecting took a head shot on his watch – who accompanies one of the world’s most dangerous assassins (Jackson) to act as a witness at a high profile trial. Super baddie Gary Oldman (who is almost hilariously phoning this one in), a corrupt European dictator, stands to do hard time for his crimes should Jackson make it to the courthouse alive. So he enlists every henchman possible to make sure the slick, foul-mouthed gunman doesn’t.
Director Patrick Hughes (‘The Expendables 3′) is like a kid in a candy shop – only, in his world, the confectionery is overflowing with guns, grenades, knives, crowbars, broken bottles, motorcycles, choppers, speedboats and anything you can either shoot, swing, throw, ride, or stab with. If you like action movies….even bad action movies…I can’t see how you could possibly resist this thing, if even for the effort behind it all. And the cherry on the top is the bantering chemistry between the two leads – these boys are good, as is Salma Hayek, who plays Jackson’s feisty wife. You think HE has a potty mouth? Wait’ll you hear her go.
The script’s really quite tired with a recycled plot and an overdose of trips to the well about Reynolds’ vehicle that “smells like a@#”. But still, if you wanna park the brain and watch some fireworks, you could really do a whole lot worse than this.