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The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)


Ryan Reynolds
Samuel L. Jackson
Elodie Yung

Directed by Patrick Hughes

The very sad thing about this movie is the writing. We have all seen this before, a top security agency in this case Interpol, must transport a key witness who happens to be one of the henchmen of a top government personnel to testify against that personnel.
A security unit is attached to the witness, but the top government personnel has eyes inside the top security agency and learns the route of the transport to take it down and kill the witness.

Always one person and the witness survives, always one. You must understand there cannot be two survivors and the witness, that will not add to the dramatic effect that the writers of such cliché movies learned in “Lack Originality” class 101.

The lone survivor and the witness escapes to some haven and the lone survivor reaches out to someone for help in the transport.

In case you have not seen a movie like this before, I would have to say you must be living under a rock.
The one thing this movie had going for it will be the comedic tone it imbibed to help carry us along with this cliché roulette. The difference with this movie and other ones alike will be the pairing of the lead actors.

Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds were the pair in this movie playing Darius Kincaid and Michael Bryce respectively. Their chemistry is on point and their first meeting in the movie after like twenty-seven minutes into it, was a good show.

In this movie, the lone survivor happens to be Michael’s ex-girlfriend (Elodie Yung who we fondly know as Elektra Natchios in Netflix’s Daredevil and The Defenders series) which was easy to guess. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out how they were going to tie Michael into this rendezvous.

The movie also had issues with the mental capability of its actors, like the girlfriend forgetting that the safe house will ring out when entered.

In the way action goes, the movie didn’t have a lack of it and the way the directing went (the director was Patrick Hughes who also directed The Expendables 3 (2014)), based on what he had on paper to work with I have no idea what to rate work here.

I did enjoy the ride because the chemistry between the two leads is something I think more writers need to explore with a better script and better director. Regardless, I cannot in good conscience rate this movie not more than a five. I will also not advise anyone to waste time on this, if you miss seeing this movie you have not missed anything at all.


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