The reviews are mixed on Reynolds and Jackson’s latest buddy action-comedy, The Hitman’s Bodyguard (15)
The story follows Michael (Ryan Reynolds), who is an elite private security guard disgraced after losing a client due to a well-placed bullet to the head, and to get out of his slump of tedious jobs he is tasked with transporting Darius (Samuel L. Jackson), an imprisoned assassin, to The Hague to appear in court. Darius has some dirt on the sinister Belarusian dictator Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), whose henchmen will stop at nothing to kill the informant before he makes it there.
There have been many great odd-couple buddy action comedies over the years, Die Hard with a Vengeance for example, whilst not being an all-out laugh fest does deliver two great performances littered with sharp, witty banter. However, there have been a slew of terrible films following the same formula, Ride Along, R.I.P.D. and Cop Out to name a few.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard falls more towards the negative side of the spectrum, with Concrete Playground having this to say: “Writer Tom O’Connor understood all the ingredients necessary to make an entertaining blockbuster were there, he failed to appreciate the subtleties of how to best combine them.
“The premise of the film is tailor made to deliver conflict between the leads but everything about their relationship feels forced.”
On the other hand, Josh Burford, of Chichester.news, said this: “It was interesting to see this relationship grow over the course of the movie, and I thought they worked well together, I genuinely felt like they annoyed each other, now that may be down to good acting or the fact that they actually didn’t get on.”
With some good action scenes, a messy plot and a lacklustre villain, it is safe to say that The Hitman’s Bodyguard has rounded off the summer movie season in a rather average fashion.