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We Review: The Hitman’s Bodyguard “A laugh out loud, bullet ridden thrill ride.” -MR

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Patrick Hughes
Produced by
  • David Ellison
  • Mark Gill
  • Dana Goldberg
  • Matthew O’Toole
  • John Thompson
  • Les Weldon
Written by Tom O’Connor
Starring
Music by Atli Örvarsson
Cinematography Jules O’Loughlin
Edited by Jake Roberts
Production
company
Distributed by Lionsgate Films[1]
Release date
  • August 18, 2017
Running time
118 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[3]

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a 2017 American actioncomedy film directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor, whose script was on the 2011 Black List. The film stars Ryan ReynoldsSamuel L. JacksonGary Oldman and Salma Hayek, and follows a bodyguard who is hired to protect a hitman who has to testify at the International Court of Justice.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard was released in the United States on August 18, 2017 and received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Reynolds and Jackson’s chemistry but criticized the clichéd plot and execution.[4]

Plot

Bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is hired to protect a Japanese arms dealer. All apparently goes well, but the dealer is shot in the head at the last minute. Two years later, Bryce has fallen into disgrace and ekes out a living protecting drug-addicted corporate executives. Meanwhile, Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), the ruthless and bloodthirsty dictator of Belarus, is put on trial for crimes against humanity at the International Court of Justice. The prosecution is unable to make headway against him, as they cannot substantiate their allegations with physical evidence and Dukhovich assassinates any witnesses who could do so. The prosecution’s last hope is notorious hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), who agrees to testify against Dukhovich in exchange for the exoneration of his wife Sonia (Salma Hayek), who is currently incarcerated.[5]

Interpol Assistant Director Jean Foucher (Joaquim de Almeida) assigns Amelia Roussel (Élodie Yung), a greenhorn agent who is Bryce’s estranged ex-girlfriend, to lead a squad of Interpol agents tasked with escorting Kincaid to The Hague to testify. However, the convoy is ambushed and everyone except Kincaid and Roussel is killed. The two retreat to a safehouse, where they deduce someone in Interpol must have betrayed them to Dukhovich. Realizing that they need someone who is completely unaffiliated with Interpol and can remain trustworthy, Roussel contacts Bryce. Bryce is reluctant to help, as he has had multiple conflicts with Kincaid in the past and believes that Roussel was responsible for the death of his client two years ago, but ultimately agrees to aid them in exchange for the restoration of his good name. Roussel returns to Interpol to update them on the situation while Bryce and Kincaid escape an attack by Dukhovich’s men.

Foucher approaches Dukhovich, revealing himself to be the traitor, and demands his payment for selling out Kincaid; Dukhovich stabs him in the hand and informs him he will only be paid when Kincaid is dead. Dukhovich’s men track Kincaid’s location through his cellphone and ambush him and Bryce. While they are able to fight them off, their vehicle is destroyed. The two hitchhike to a ferry terminal and take a ferry to Amsterdam, where Sonia is being held. Kincaid escapes from Bryce to send flowers to Sonia, and Bryce tracks him down and kills several more hitmen. Kincaid reveals that he chanced upon the arms dealer during an unrelated contract and killed him in order to collect the bounty on his head. Enraged, Bryce abandons him.

As Bryce bemoans his failures, an army of hitmen attack. Bryce changes his mind and helps Kincaid escape, but is captured.

Cast

Our Thoughts

This is a high-octane, bullet-ridden thrill ride. I laughed so hard at one scene my drink came up through my nose. The character interaction is great, and there is edge-of-your-seat violence from start to finish. As far as action thrillers go, this is top notch, and it is as funny as most modern comedies. There is even a dual romance element, that isn’t as cheesy as you would think. I have to give it 5 stars and it is definitely worth the cost of a premium ticket. A laugh out loud, bullet ridden thrill ride. Highly Recommended -MR

 

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Interview of the Royal Wizard Pael (from The Sword and the Dragon)

Syria Evans 2010 Interview of the Royal Wizard Pael from The Sword and the Dragon by M. R. Mathias

Syria:  How did you first meet your writer?

Pael:  I do not remember, nor do I care. Will this take long? I have potions to render and concoctions to prepare.

Syria:  Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?

Pael:  Being a main character in a great epic lends a bit of immortality to my life don’t you think? What I think about it is irrelevant.

Syria:  What are your favorite scenes in your book: action, dialog, romance?

Pael:  I am the Master Wizard Pael, wench. Ask me something about my plans to take Queen Willa’s palace at Xwarda, or how I will level Wildermont, or I will liquefy your skeleton while it is still inside you!

Syria:  Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?

Pael:  Who is this author you keep speaking of? I was alive long before he jotted down tales about me!

Syria:  Do you infiltrate your writer’s dreams?

Pael:  Bah! Me, wench! This interview is about me!

Syria:  What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?

Pael:  I do not like to be bothered with this sort of trivial matter I assure you.

Syria:  Are you currently engaged in a relationship?

Pael: If you consider my bond with Inkling, my imp familiar, then I suppose I am attached.

Syria:  Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?

Pael: I am a wizard. I can be anywhere I want to be! I suppose I could be in another genre like that fool Dresden, but fantasy is where I belong.

Syria:  If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?

Pael: The climax, I assure you!

Syria:  Do you like the way the book ended?

Pael: Bah! You are testing my patience. Shall I set Shaella on you?

Syria:  Would you be interested in a sequel if your writer was so inclined?

Pael:  It has already been written.

Syria:   Do you believe that you are suitable portrayed in electronic books or would you rather be in paperback only?

Pael:  I would rather you asked a question worthy of my time!

Syria:   Did you have any input into the book cover design?

Pael: I should have. That blasted dragon stole the glory from me.

Syria:   What is the lamest characteristic your writer has attributed to you?

Pael:   My cackling laugh! I feel like an old witch when I laugh. It is tiresome!

Syria:  If you could give yourself a superpower, what would you choose?

Pael:  I have no need of a superpower as my power became superior when I opened Pavreal’s Seal and assumed the demon Shokin! Now leave me to my sorcery wench. My daughter is about to collar a dragon and I have a continent to destroy!

Sample Book One: mrmathias.com