Directed by Patrick Hughes
Written by Tom O’Connor
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Élodie Yung, Gary Oldman, & Salma Hayek
With Joaquim de Almeida,
Kirsty Mitchell, & Richard E. Grant
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Running Time: 1hr 58min
Michael Bryce (Reynolds) was once a triple A rated executive protection agent, until a client gets assassinated. Two years later, he ekes out a living protecting drug-addicted corporate executives in London.
Meanwhile, Vladislav Dukhovich (Oldman), the ruthless dictator of Belarus, is on trial for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. Unable to secure solid evidence or testimony against Dukhovich, the prosecution’s last hope is notorious incarcerated hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson, dropping plenty of motherfucker bombs), who agrees to testify against Dukhovich in exchange for the release of his wife Sonia (Hayek) from prison.
Led by Interpol Agent Amelia Roussel (Yung), an armed convoy escorts Kincaid from the UK to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Things immediately take a turn, when the convoy is attacked by Dukovich’s men in attempt to kill Kincaid. He and Roussel escape, and assuming there’s a leak in Interpol, she contacts Bryce (who happens to be his ex-girlfriend), to have him transport Kincaid to Hague. Along the way, the two tend off more of Dukovich’s, while also driving each other crazy (not helped by the fact that Kincaid has almost killed Bryce on several occasions in the past).
The film earned $176 million worldwide on a $69 million budget, with mostly positive reviews towards Reynolds and Jackson’s performances and chemistry as well as the action sequences, but criticized the clichéd plot and execution (some critics are just way too uptight and can’t just enjoy shit). It was followed by a sequel, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021).
I was hooked to see this movie as soon as I saw who the two leads were! Jackson and Reynolds are two of my favorite actors, both can give great, manic performances, and both can curse like there’s no tomorrow! I would say there’s no arguments here that Jackson is the King of Motherfucker! Nobody says it better! And reviews were correct saying they had great chemistry.
Hayek is absolutely hilarious as Sonia, just constantly taking no shit from anyone in her brief moments on screen. The rest of the cast is serviceable, Oldman gives his usual intimidating performance (which I say as a compliment), Yung has some good moments, but really this whole movie belongs to the two leads. It also helps that’s there’s plenty of fast paced, balls to wall action going on for most it the runtime, and it never feels like a chore to sit through. So yeah, give this a watch, motherfucker!
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