Rises Reviews 🎥. Movie: The Hitman's Bodyguard. With an impressive opening weekend amidst a slow weekend last week (and set to retain it's number one spot at the box office), The Hitman's Bodyguard is already a runaway hit with moviegoers. I finally got around to seeing this and, narrative problems aside, I did mildly enjoyed this action comedy romp about disgraced, anal retentive Triple A Protection Agency bodyguard Michael Brice (Ryan Reynolds) being forced to protect notorious, foul-mouthed assassin Darius Kincaid (Samuel L Jackson), who Brice previously encountered several times while he was protecting potential targets, after he agrees to testify against a bloodthirsty dictator in court and the bloody, hilarious, and profanity-ridden chaos that red band trailer promised us ensues, but before we get there, there is a series of formulaic plot beats and character struggles we got to get through, but once those two are paired up the film takes off. Jackson and Reynolds make the most out of the contrived though high concept set up with their naturally funny line deliveries and personas (Jackson being the f-bomb spewing perfectionist while Reynolds is at his wise-ass best) that complement the irreverent combativeness of their characters, all of which elevates this film from being a near throwaway genre action flick with predictable plot points, some less-than-refined production values like the blurry daytime cinematography and conspicuous GCI effects (after all, it's a Millennium Films production) and cliched characters such as the main villain played by the usually brilliant Gary Oldman. Other than that, The Hitman's Bodyguard is a rollicking thriller with surprisingly gory action and a injection of much needed laughs from the leads that make this flick a nice matinee viewing experience. Rating: 6.5 out of 10.
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