By Renee’ Collins
Rating: 4.5 (Out of 5 Reels)
The world’s top bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) gets a new client, a hit man (Samuel L. Jackson) who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time (IMDB).
Writer Tom O’Connor’s IMDB page lists two credits, Fire with Fire in 2012 and The Hitman’s Bodyguard in 2017. If this film is any indication of O’Connor’s talent then I anxiously await his work into the future because this film is excellently written and very funny when needed. Director Patrick Hughes also has a relatively short list of credits on IMDB that include The Expendables 3 and Red Hill. I am sure handling the cast and undoubtedly enormous egos in Expendables 3 was a great resume builder.
The choice of Reynolds and Jackson for the main roles was genius because they perfectly compliment and balance each other. Both have grit but can effortlessly handle the humor as well. This film is also visually stunning because the chase scenes are gritty and actually have some unique moves in them.
This film should definitely been seen if you liked Red with Bruce Willis and the like because they are similar in many ways. Sure, there are elements of the absurd here, but, good or bad, it has become standard in films of this genre. This film is an absolutely fantastic and fun ride from beginning to end.