Ryan Reynolds brings about a perfect blend of “The Proposal” and “Deadpool” to compliment the ever so mean, lean, killing machine Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Intended to spur your dark sense of humour, you are in for a bout of awkward laughable moments and well synchronized battle that offers a delight of an action packed experience.
Darius Kincaid (Jackson) is a notorious hitman with accolades beyond numerical comprehension. Possessing a very special skill set from a young age, Darius is not to be taken lightly and has become an arch rival to the bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds). Who is justified in their motif to carry out their chosen line of work? The man who protects evil men or the man who kills them and sends them straight to judgement? Each man has his own agenda and convictions and will stop at no cost to fulfil their “mission”.
Locked up and behind bars, Darius must betray his code of conduct and honour to assist the feds in prosecuting an international war tyrant Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman). Leverage must be used and it so happens to be the F bombing, power tripping, throat slashing, and knee breaking love of his life and wife Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek). Noting that via Darius’ cooperation, Sonia would be set free and not live a life behind bars that she deserves.
Transporting Darius to The Hague to bring testimony to the war on humanity will be a battle for survival. After the feds are ambushed and knowing that a mole is standing in the way, Michael Bryce is entrusted to bring Kincaid safely to offer his testimony. Shoot out after shoot out, chase after chase, the mob will not exempt themselves from any tactic to ensure that Kincaid not arrive to give his incriminating evidence on Dukhovich.
Reynolds and Jackson offer a great bro-mance as they hate each other so much that they cannot help but to actually get along. I was thoroughly impressed with Jackson’s ability to once again execute such a demeanour that was established in 1994…he does it so very well!
Calm and collected, each man has their unique set of skills to handle any complicated matter. Opposite’s collaborate and make a pretty dynamic duo to fully entertain throughout the film.
No real surprises and no real tricks up their sleeve, but all in all a completely unplug movie that you can sit back and enjoy.
Rating: R16 Violence & offensive language.