The Hitman's Bodyguard
review by Bobby Blakey
It’s been awhile since we had a really good action comedy that pushed the boundaries of its R rating. The latest, The Hitman’s Bodyguard looks to at least drop as many “F” bombs as it can and has the best cast to do just that including Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, and Gary Oldman with Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes at the helm, but does it have what it takes to deliver or will it botch the hit?
The Hitman’s Bodyguard follows the world’s top protection agent who is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator who is out for blood. Going into this movie I wasn’t quite sure the direction they were going to take because the trailer plays up the comedy, but thankfully it still offers up a no holds barred action flick as well. Everything about this movie screams 90s action complete with some fun one liners. This film could have easily fallen into a generic forgettable flick, but thanks to the great action and awesome duo it offers up a lot more.
Jackson and Reynolds are comedy and action magic on screen together. Everything about their love/hate relationship here is fun to watch. Prior to them coming together on screen the film felt pretty generic, but from their first meeting until the end of the flick they take it to another level dropping just as many F bombs as bodies like only they can. Gary Oldman steps into the villain role with perfection offering up a manic performance similar to his brilliance in The Professional. While her role isn’t as big as I expected Salma Hayek brings some great fun and energy to the film making for a character that you will love.
The action here is top notch offering up plenty of bullets, fights and car crushing mayhem that only lets up long enough to get back to the banter between the leads. I love that they went all in with every aspect to create a great action comedy that remembers how to deliver the goods. I know some might find it a bit cheesy at times, but this is an old school action film that worked for me. Every action piece was better than the next and I can only hope that maybe this film does well enough to get these two guys back together for another film, but if not this one has plenty to entertain those that love fun action.
In addition to the film, this release also includes outtakes, deleted, alternate and extended scenes, commentary and featurettes that take viewers further behind bringing this crazy action comedy to life. Grab your glock and join this bullet filled ride when The Hitman’s Bodyguard available now on Digital HD and then on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on November 21st from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.