The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a great end to the end of the summer; yes, the film is completely ridiculous and follows many cliches, but the film has a great sense of humor, and a relentless amount of action. There’s not much that’s particularly original about the film, but the excellent chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson carries the film, and only adds to the overall ridiculous nature of the film. It’s a two hours of pure enjoyment, and doesn’t pretend to be anything else.
Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is one of the world’s most renowned bodyguards, and following a personal failure, Bryce is left to create his own private business. When a dangerous hitman (Samuel L. Jackson) is under attack for testifying against a brutal dictator (Gary Oldman), Bryce reluctantly returns to his previous profession to protect a man who’s his complete opposite. Oldman is fun as a campy, over the top villain that feels plucked out of a ’90s action flick, and the film features a strong supporting performance from Elodie Yung as Bryce’s love interest.
Ultimately, the film’s strength is Reynolds and Jackson; while they may be just playing their offscreen persona, the two have such a great onscreen repertoire that each scene they feature in is essentially entertaining. While some of the humor misses, the banter between the two is fantastic, and the action sequences combine the perfect mix of cam and comedy. It’s not breaking any new ground in the world of action flicks, but its a fun ride, and a worthy showcase for its two leads. Grade: B