Saturday, 19 August 2017

The Hitman's Bodyguard Film Review

Director Patrick Hughes takes the long road from London to The Hague in The Hitman's Bodyguard, and packs a barrel of fun into two hours. With Ryan Reynolds suave AAA transporter for high worth VIPS, now reduced to porterage for City lowlives, and Samuel L. Jackson's top hitman on his way to give evidence against Gary Oldman's Belarusian war criminal, the pair are on a 5 o'clock deadline.

Jackson's Darius Kincaid agreed to be key witness on condition wife Sonia, played by Salma Hayek, goes free. She's held in protection in Amsterdam with a sweet mouth on her and have you seen that body. True love struck just as she was slashing someone's throat with a bottle. They say it never runs smoothly. But theirs is a match made in Heaven (or Hell). With tulips.

Michael Bryce's life, played by Reynolds, is a little more screwed up. But with a mole in Interpol he agrees to transport Kincaid to The Hague, even though he's already tried to kill him 28 times. On opposite sides of the hit man and protection game, it's bound to cause friction. But ex-girlfriend Elodie Yung's Amelia Roussel on the Interpol payroll, can get Bryce's AAA rating back if he will deliver this job. Otherwise it's boy band protection for the rest of his career. And no one cares about them!

And so we have frantic action with every low life Eastern European out to get Kincaid before he can make the deadline. Terrific stunts that make Bond look pedestrian, and with the laugh out loud moments these chalk and cheese career rivals generate, it was a hoot. With crackling energy the two generated star and fire powered chemistry, taking on all that Oldman's Vladislav Dukhovich can throw at them.

Go see it for a late summer break out riot.

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