The Hitman’s Bodyguard
The Hitman’s Bodyguard : Predictable plot takes away the sheen of stellar cast
Movie Review by Dhanalakshmi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
A hitman who agrees to testify against one of the world’s most powerful alleged criminal in International court of Justice and a ‘Triple A’ rated executive protection agent are forced to travel together for a day and encounter near-death experiences, car chases, gunshots and all things associated with cliché action comedy flicks. The typical good guy and ‘not so good guy’ team up together on a mission and it forms the primary plot of the film.
Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), a hitman who has assassinated manypolitical leadersand disgraced elite private security guard Michael Bryce(Ryan Reynolds), spoiled an assignment when a Japanese arms-dealing client died due to a sniper fire shot, are forced to come together. Needless to say, Jackson and Reynolds have a bad history together. They’re about to commence on a dangerous 24-hour road trip together, and they soon discover they must help each other in order to survive.
The characters are polar opposites and this fact is established by the director very early into the film. In a scene where Jackson and Reynolds travel in a car to escape, the dialogue exchange between them unveils their characteristics and inherent nature.The female protagonists Salma Hayek (Jackson’s wife)and Elodie Yung (Reynold’s ex-girlfriend) are shown as strong characters with a mind of their own but get less screen time. However, they manage to make their presence felt in a short span of time. The scenes between Jackson and Salma Hayek light up the screen and give us some very memorable moments.
VladislavDukhovich(Gary Oldman)plays the primary antagonist and sadly, fails to evoke hatred of the audience as any villain should ideally do. He plays his part well but his character is not well-etched out. The whole idea of him being a dictator appears to be misplaced in an action-comedy flick. A great negative character always ups the game in action films but the Hitman’s Bodyguard gets it all wrong.
The film also lacks major twists and turns associated with the genre.The biggest problem of the film is its highly predictable and somewhat sloppy storyline. It almost feels like the makers of the film have tried to cover up an average plot with a stellar cast.
The saving grace of the movie is the occasionally humorous bickerings between Bryce and Kincaid. Samuel and Reynolds work as a team. They make you laugh and even feel tensed under certain situations. The actors have a great tuning and that works really well. It almost feels like writer Tom O’ Connor and director Patrick Hughes have tried to cover a weak plot with the lead protagonist’s acting prowess.