Film Review: The Hitman’s Bodyguard

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Joshua Canfield, Staff Writer

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a rated R action/adventure film directed by Patrick Hughes and produced by Nu Image. The Australian film director made the hit film The Expendables 3 in 2014, so I had high expectations on his ability to direct his new film based on the production history in the past with Nu Image.

The film is about the world’s top bodyguard, Michael Bryce, played by Ryan Reynolds, who has to protect a new client, a notorious hit man, Darius Kincaid, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Kincaid must testify in the International Court of Justice against a corrupt European dictator who has been accused of hate/war crimes, President Vladislav Dukhovich, played by Gary Oldman, who leads Belarus, a former Soviet Union country. The odd and humorous duo of Bryce and Kincaid must battle their way to the Court of Justice to make the deadline of the case so Dukhovich doesn’t walk free, but it won’t be easy.

The unique duo of Reynolds and Jackson is a thrilling touch to the film. The actors’ personalities and their chemistry seen on screen and behind makes the film hilarious to watch. When two characters despise each other as much as they do, no doubt there will great dialogue between the characters especially with their excessive use of profanity and emotional language that shows a legendary friendship being formed throughout the movie. The characters’ shared incidents like near-death experiences at their jobs or their love life dialogues, make for inside jokes throughout the film and for the audience to laugh at.

A defining factor in a good film can be the little things that convince the audience’s mind to think it is a good film or a bad one, like the music and special effects that make it a fantasizer’s dream. The composer of this film’s music Atli Örvarsson, who is known for the award-winning feature, Rams. Örvarsson makes use of the edge-of-your-seat suspense and the funny conflicts with music familiar to the audience and heart pounding soundtrack. The special effects are used in creative ways. The action in the film is believable and also gives in to the consumer’s wants in the film. It’s not like superhuman reflexes or weak enemies that can’t stand against them. The duo themselves get their fair share of beatings in fist, gun, and knife fights that don’t magically disappear in the twenty four hour timeline of the film. When they get hurt, they get hurt. Hhowever, the film also includes some questionable choices by the characters from which they walk away unhurt for comedic effect, such as jumping off a rooftop into a garbage bin. But I looked past the slightly unrealistic events and watched the seamless transitions and saw that the laws of physics still apply in this film’s fantasy modern world.

I would recommend this movie, because it’s one that’s great to watch with your friends while enjoying some comedy and pain from two colossal names in Hollywood, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. The movie takes place in the modern world so that viewers can relate to the setting. The action is realistic in fighting and the acting and dialogue isn’t cliche making it an overall convincing film. Maybe one day I might want to get into the assassin and bodyguard industry.