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The Hitman's Bodyguard

The Hitman's Bodyguard
Starring:
Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Élodie Yung, Joaquim de Almeida, Kirsty Mitchell and Richard E. Grant


Rated: R for strong violence and language throughout.
Reviewed by: Matt  
Release date: August 18, 2017 Released by: Lions Gate Films

The Hitman's Bodyguard is an action comedy film staring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson.  The story revolves around an evil dictator who is on trial and the key witness for the trial is an assassin named Darius Kincaid (Jackson).  However, in order to get him there safely an interpol agent recruits a world class bodyguard named Michael Bryce (Reynolds).  From there it is up to them in order to get past all the hitmen out to kill Kincaid in order to reach the trial on time.

In many ways this movie can be boiled down to "Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson go on a road trip…with guns.  I say this because these two actors play the characters they are best known for.  Reynolds plays the quick witted bodyguard and Jackson plays the loud mouthed assassin.  Essentially if you've seen them in any other film you know exactly what kind of characters they are playing.  That however isn't necessarily a bad thing as both of them play their characters extremely well and it truly carries the film.  These two play off each other very well making it easily the most enjoyable part of the film.  The action sequences are also entertaining as they can be long and complex in their design and are a joy to watch.  Salma Hayek, who plays Kincaid's wife, has a small amount of screen time but the time she is on is very entertaining.

With that being said, I will say that the plot of this film is rather basic.  There aren't many twists and turns in the film but in many ways I didn't feel like a deep plot was necessary.  I do feel that the chemistry between Reynolds and Jackson makes up for this easily.  The only other complaint I had with the film is the film's pacing.  The film felt like it dragged at times while at other times felt like it was going too fast.  That being said, I never found it too distracting.

In the end, The Hitman's Bodyguard is an extremely entertaining film that completely relies on it's lead characters.  If it wasn't for that one thing I believe this film wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining as it would have been.  I think the film is worth seeing, but I think unless you're a die hard Reynolds or Jackson fan I don't think you have to see it in theaters.  Either way though, The Hitman's Bodyguard is definitely worth a viewing.  

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