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The Hitman’s Bodyguard Blu-ray review

Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson shine in this fantastic action-comedy.

The Hitman's Bodyguard
Credit: Lionsgate
The Hitman's Bodyguard

Credit: Lionsgate

After a particularly barren spell lasting for decades since the first Bad Boys film, it seems like the buddy-duo movie is finally on its way back to box-office resurgence. War on Everyone and 22 Jump Street are great examples of how to get things done right in the genre and The Hitman’s Bodyguard happily follows suit, delivering a hugely entertaining and fun-fuelled action spectacular.

Charismatic bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool) gets a new client… an infamous hitman named Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson – Avengers: Age of Ultron), who has agreed to testify at the International Court of Justice against despicable military dictator Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman – Criminal). They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time as the entire criminal underworld comes looking for them.

The Hitman's Bodyguard

Credit: Lionsgate

The film hinges on the chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson and thankfully both bring their A-game to the table. So many films get this element wrong but in The Hitman’s Bodyguard they bring such a natural flow to the story, it’s easy to champion both their causes. They both have a magnetic screen presence that gives the film a beating heart.

The support are all excellent with Gary Oldman delivering a brilliant boo-hiss villain straight out of the 90s. At times he feels like he’s in a different movie but that kind of adds to the films charm and marks a nice difference to Reynolds and Jackson’s characters. Salma Hayek isn’t in this much but her role is a pivotal one and she simply steals the film with a loud, brash and utterly enchanting performance. Richard E. Grant, Joaquim de Almeida and Elodie Yung add to the collective mayhem too.

The Hitman's Bodyguard

Credit: Lionsgate

Full of spectacle and genuine comedy, this is a gem of a film that restores my faith in the buddy duo concept. I would love to see a sequel too, because when you can create this kind of box-office magic, a continuation must surely be a possibility. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel but The Hitman’s Bodyguard is the perfect summer blockbuster for these troubled times – just go in and enjoy the ride for an escapist feel-good action romp that’s hard to fault.

 

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Richard E. Grant, Joaquim de Almeida, Elodie Yung Director: Patrick Hughes Writer: Tom O’Connor Released By: Lionsgate Certificate: 15 Duration: 118 mins Release Date: 11th December 2017

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