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The Hitman’s Bodyguard

hitmans-bodyguard-poster-4With bold leads like Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson, The Hitman’s Bodyguard was never in doubt of pulling crowds. Though the movie lacks real substance, it is a perfect choice for a few laughs while you suspend reality ninety minutes.

The unlikely story of disgraced bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds), once the world’s top protection agent, assigned to defend assassin Darius Kincaid (Jackson), his arch nemesis, before he testifies against a major crime lord is the perfect recipe for a love-hate relationship between the two protagonists who naturally have little in common. The banter is undoubtably the movie’s best quality, with Reynolds seeming to have found a niche in fast-talking, violent, action-comedy characters while Jackson, as always, can do no wrong, and the dialogue is full of humorous sarcasm that continuously hits the mark and moral dilemmas posed between the two as they seek to discover whether killing bad men or protecting them is a more evil act.

As the dictator of Belarus is facing trial at the International Court of Justice in Hague, Interpol assigns agent Amelia Roussel to escort know assassin Darius to testify at the hearing. They are, of course, ambushed by the dictators henchmen, leaving Agent Amelia alone with her assignment, and so she naturally calls the boyfriend she broke up with two years previously, disgraced bodyguard Michael, to help her bring in the hit man. What ensues is 24 hours of hilarious incidents as the trio attempts to make it to Hague on time.

Michael is measured, cautious  and suspicious where Darius is impetuous, daring and stubborn, and the resulting clashes are what pushed along the storyline, given that the action scenes were so over-the-top it almost poked fun at the genre and invokes a feel reminiscent of  the 90s action era. While not recommended for young children, the film is full of lighthearted moments and is sure to make you laugh.

 

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