Saw THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD
Standard fare from Millenium Films who specialize in the “They don’t make’em like they used to” action film.
You know their previous work: THE EXPENDABLES, DRIVE ANGRY, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, LONDON HAS FALLEN, JOHN RAMBO…
Well this is pretty much in line with their previous work. Which is to say it’s easy viewing. The story is crowd-pleasingly predictable, it’s tight enough that there’s no major inconsistencies. Also an easy crowd-pleaser are the two male leads whose humor and personality provide the real energy of the film.
The script was clearly written for both Reynolds and Jackson. The only other possibility is that they wrote it themselves. Some scenes of snappy dialogue appear to be improvised. If you like that sort of thing, you will love this movie.
The old 1990’s style action film recreation goes down to any other character in the film that isn’t played by Ryan Reynolds or Samuel Jackson. They all know they’re playing second fiddle here, and to that end Elodie Yung, Salma Hayek, and especially Gary Oldman - playing the kind of sadistic obvious bad guy that belongs in the 1990’s - provide admirable support duty.
The story is good, but not novel enough to worth commenting on really. This is the kind of film where if I give two sentences of the plot, anybody with knowledge of films like LETHAL WEAPON, or the other previous Millenium films, can easily guess the next four plot events. To give you a hint of how cut and dried everything is, you are told for example that there is a possible leak among the “good guys” that is the only way the “bad guys” could stay one step ahead - the next scene is literally this mole calling the chief bad guy - therefore ensuring the mystery lasted all of 30 seconds.
If you watch this one, it’s for that Millenium-style action, and that Reynolds-Jackson comedy duo.