The Hitman’s Bodyguard
|The Hitman’s Bodyguard|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Patrick Hughes|
|Written by||Tom O’Connor|
|Music by||Atli Örvarsson|
|Edited by||Jake Roberts|
|Distributed by||Lionsgate Films|
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 Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary 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.
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.
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.
- Ryan Reynolds as Michael Bryce, a triple A rated executive protection agent.
- Samuel L. Jackson as Darius Kincaid, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen and Sonia’s husband.
- Gary Oldman as Vladislav Dukhovich, a merciless Eastern European dictator.
- Élodie Yung as Amelia Roussel, an Interpol agent.
- Salma Hayek as Sonia Kincaid, Darius’s equally notorious wife.
- Joaquim de Almeida as Jean Foucher
- Kirsty Mitchell as Rebecca Harr
- Richard E. Grant as Seifert
- Sam Hazeldine as Garrett
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