The Hitman's Bodyguard

(2017)

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Title:
The Hitman's Bodyguard
Release Date:
16th August 2017
Runtime:
118 min
MPAA Rating:
R
Genres:
Directors:
Patrick Hughes
Writers:
Tom O'Connor
Languages:
English
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 40%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 74%
IMDb Rating 7.1

Casts

Elodie Yung as Amelia Roussel
Richard E. Grant as Seifert
Roy Hill as Helicopter Pilot/Newscaster
Ryan Reynolds as Michael Bryce
Tsuwayuki Saotome as Kurosawa

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Carl Schultz 27th August, 2017

Violent and Disappointing

Despite a yeoman effort from a talented and likable cast, "The Hit- man's Bodyguard" often resembles a deal made in a studio's boardroom more than an actual motion picture. This notion is augmented by the knowledge that Tom O'Connor's original script was originally intended as a straight dramatic thriller, but underwent a frantic two-week revision prior to production in an effort to turn the picture into a buddy comedy. A broad and exceedingly violent live action version of a Road Runner cartoon, "The Hit-man's Bodyguard" concerns the efforts of a down- on- his-luck security agent charged with transporting an international assassin safely from England to the Netherlands to testify in the International Court of Justice in a trial against the brutal dictator of Belarus. Sent to prevent them from reaching their destination are a rogue's gallery of enemy agents as cartoonish as any you've seen since the old Dick Tracy comic strip. Naturally, the bodyguard and the hit-man despise each other…at first. The security agent is played by Ryan Reynolds and the assassin is played by Samuel L. Jackson. And part of the problem they need to overcome is that their characters have met before—in fact, they've exchanged gunshots. And while both actors do their best with a script which is long on comical interplay, mayhem, and bloodshed, but short on actual plot or logic, Reynolds and Jackson are never quite able to persuade the audience they develop enough mutual loyalty along the way to make the story credible. Even worse, the picture manages to eventually actually wear out its welcome, and becomes tiresome. The clock ticks about twenty minutes past what seems like a logical and satisfying dramatic conclusion, and into what feels almost like a different movie entirely. And just when the new plot gets itself rolling, the picture seems so anxious to put a period at the end of its sentence that it leaves its heroes' situations largely unresolved, a mistake the filmmakers attempt to remedy with the inclusion during the final credits of a long, pointless, and resoundingly unfunny outtake. In the process, the violence is literally numbing—the body count is enormous, and enough vehicles to fill a cineplex parking lot are crashed, shot up, launched into the air, blown up, or otherwise destroyed. The stunt budget must've been half the cost of the production. The final effect is of overkill, in every possible sense of the word. Directed by Patrick Hughes and filmed mostly in the actual locations, "The Hit-man's Bodyguard" is recommended only for die-hard fans of either Jackson or Reynolds or both, or for those viewers looking to lose themselves in a European travelogue loaded with gratuitous violence and carnage. Others should proceed with caution. Needless to say, audience members with young children are encouraged to leave the kiddies at home.

Reviewed by Grant Dawson 10th August, 2017

Not everyone will like it, but I did.

The Hit-man's Bodyguard is a movie I never knew I wanted to see until I saw the first trailer. I was instantly hooked, and couldn't wait to see it on opening day. Well, I actually got a bit lucky for once as I was invited to see the movie almost two weeks before it opened. And I gotta say, it's one of the best action/comedy movies I've watched in quite a while...perhaps since Deadpool. So what's this movie about? Well, it's about a guy (Ryan Reynolds) who used to run a protection agency before he lost a client and his business failed, forcing him to become a personal bodyguard. He is tasked by an Interpol agent to get a witness who is a former assassin (Samuel L. Jackson) to a courthouse to testify against a dictator. Craziness ensues. While the story sounds interesting, it plays out in a pretty typical and predictable way. Not that I should have expected much more. It is an action/comedy film, after all. But predictability aside, the story does get the job done. Yeah, you'll be able to figure out how the film will end within the first 30 minutes or so, but that's not all that important, because it's all about the journey to that very predictable, and satisfying, ending. And boy, the adventure that Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds go on is extremely entertaining. Being a comedy, you'd expect some good comedy in this film, right? Well, The Hit-man's Bodyguard delivers on that expectation and then some. Once you get past the movie's slow start, it's pretty much an all you can chuckle buffet. (The chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson is incredible!) Of course there are a few jokes that fall flat, but they are few and far between. Oh yeah, if you're a fan of Deadpool humor, you'll really like this movie. It's not full-blown Deadpool, but it's pretty damn similar. Now, the biggest surprise for me with this movie is how great the action sequences are. The team behind this film definitely drew some influence from movies like John Wick and Jason Bourne for both the combat scenes and the chase scenes. They're riveting, with some great humor sprinkled in. Overall, The Hit-man's Bodyguard is one of the biggest surprises of the year so far for me, and will definitely go down as one of the most enjoyable films of the year. It's funny, it's action packed, and the story is interesting enough to keep it all moving towards a satisfying conclusion. So yeah, I guess you could say it's pretty dang good. Go see it when it comes out on August 18th.

Reviewed by allstarrunner 9th August, 2017

Reynolds and Jackson were born for this moment

Wow, I was so impressed with this movie. I will admit that the first 20 minutes were pretty generic for me and I found myself thinking, "This is pretty much what I expected, but it's a free screening so just enjoy it." However, once Reynolds and Jackson team up on the screen the entire chemistry of the movie changes and it ended up being one of the funnest "buddy cop" movies I've seen in quite a while. (I know it technically isn't a buddy cop movie, but it really is for all intents and purposes.) The movie doesn't take itself seriously (were you really expecting that with Reynolds and Jackson?!), and just like any modern action/comedy the plot isn't meant to be something like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. This movie is 100% worth spending the cash to go see in the theater with a group of people. I can also tell you this, the atmosphere leaving the theater was great; this movie is a lot of fun! p.s. as of the time of this writing there are three reviews, one of which is a 1 star; reading through that review I can only assume the director must have slept with his mother or something because all his critiques are unrealistically harsh!

Reviewed by jmbousman 9th August, 2017

Great Action & Greater Laughs!!

I just saw a preview of "Hitman's Bodyguard" last night with my wife. We are both fan's of action and comedy and went into this hoping it would be as good as we hoped from the actor's involved. I am a HUGE Sam Jackson fan and an equally big Ryan Reynolds fan. I'm glad to say that this movie did not disappoint! I would've given this movie a 10 if only voting on the action and comedy but there were a couple of plot points that were slightly predictable. I don't feel these couple of things hurt the movie much due to what the movie is being advertised as, which is an action comedy and this is by far where it shines. I laughed harder during some scenes of this movie than I've laughed in a long time during a movie. The last I remember laughing harder is last year during "Deadpool". If you like lots of action and great comedy with actors with plenty of chemistry and don't mind a significant amount of f-bombs, which if you're a Sam Jackson fan I'm guessing you don't, then drop some cash for a ticket. You won't be disappointed!!

Reviewed by SeanMcGraw 8th August, 2017

Great action comedy

Just watched a sneak preview of The Hit-man's Bodyguard. I had high expectations given the cast of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson. The movie exceeded these expectations! Over the top comedy and action -- best combination since Deadpool last year. Definitely worth watching! I'm a long-time IMDb user, but this movie was so good, I felt I needed to get an IMDb login so I could review it! Top movie I've seen this year, edging out Baby Driver!