A movie with Samuel L. Jackson (“Star Wars“, “Iron Man“) and Ryan Reynolds (“Amityville Horror (2005)“, “Deadpool“), I am in so off I went to see “The Hitman’s Bodyguard“. Where it wasn’t as funny as I thought it would be it was just the right amount of funny to keep me entertained for the nearly two-hour run time. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” follows world-renowned bodyguard, Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds), as he tries to mend his career after a client he was protecting is eliminated by an unknown sniper. This tragic event not only affects his career but his relationship with the beautiful Interpol agent, Amelia Roussel (Elodie Yung, “Netflix’s The Defenders“, “Gods of Egypt“). Though estranged this doesn’t stop her from reaching out in a time of crisis to use Bryce’s services to deliver a key witness to a trial at the Hague, the contract killer Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson). One problem these two have a history and it isn’t good.[Spoiler Alert: Remember that client that Bryce lost, yup turns out that was just one more time Kincaid had messed in Bryce’s affairs.] Darius in the hopes of freeing his incarcerated wife, Sonia (Salma Hayek, “From Dusk Til Dawn“, “Traffic“) agrees to testify against a brutal dictator and Roussel needs him there in just two days otherwise the tyrant will walk free. The hijinks ensue when the criminal that Darius is being brought in to testify against, Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows“, “The Dark Knight“), sets out to ensure the two don’t make it to court on time.
Though “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” did not deliver as many laughs as I thought the pairing of Jackson and Reynolds would it was still enjoyable. The odd couple delivered some cool fight sequences and interesting car chases. The chemistry between the two leads was very good but the story was just not robust enough to utilize it to its fullest extent. Honestly most of my laughs came from the tertiary characters, in particular Salma Hayeks portrayal of Sam Jacksons wife, Sonia. She is a sarcastic, foul-mouthed bad ass who loves to mess with her captors and does a spectacular job at it. Hayek is the perfect complement to Sam Jackson’s character (you could really believe these two were meant for each other, especially with the use of that famous curse word that Jackson so loving uses in every film he can. You know the one, don’t make me say it). If you are looking for an escapism fix, easily watched movie that makes you slightly chuckle then head out to the theaters and take that bullet from “The Hitman’s Bodyguard“.