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The Hitman’s Bodyguard review

by Chandler Patrick, Editor-in-Chief

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Rating: 7/10

Director: Patrick Hughes

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson

MPAA Rating: R

 

Everyone loves a good action movie, the same way they appreciate a good, guilt-free rom-com or chick flick every once in awhile. But an action movie with untouchable humor and some of the best names in Hollywood as the primary cast? Get the popcorn. It’s time for a movie you might finally enjoy, that isn’t that mushy gushy romance or yet another superhero spinoff.

What could possibly happen when the world’s most dangerous assassin (Samuel L. Jackson) and the top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) come together for a dangerous, 24-hour journey, despite being previous mortal enemies? With the critics’ distaste but a positive fan reception, we are presented with an action packed comedy that filled the box office with 21.6 million, with giggles and guns all inclusive.

Despite a clearly cliche mafia-esque storyline and more-than-typical action scenes, the film still manages to make you feel like you haven’t seen anything like it before–at least dialogue and character wise. Director Patrick Hughes, who brought you movies like The Expendables 3, brings to life a film that will have you gripping your sides from laughter while also still giving you your fix of high speed chases and gunfights.

It is important to note that the aspect that truly gives the movie its power is Reynolds and Jackson’s incessant and blatantly hilarious banter, with some of the most quotable one-liners I’ve seen in a hot minute. The onscreen chemistry is perfectly aligned, making it a movie where I was more excited for the bloopers than the actual movie.

With the comedy aspect addressed, that only leaves room for the rest of the negatives. The movie seems unleveled in its attempt at action. There are incomplete scenes, scenes that are clearly unrealistic, and plot holes every now and again. Even though the movie wasn’t intended as a spoof, it tend to lean in that direction with its cheesy setup and extremely fake blood splatters. Coupled with the humor, I hope Hughes hadn’t planned the reception of the film as that of complete seriousness.

In a general consensus: go see the film, it’s hilarious and will be well worth your time as a part of your fun Friday night, but don’t make room for it in your movie collection.

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