THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD – review

  1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard
    By: Alex Hummel
    Two superior talent actors came together to do a unique take on a buddy cop, mixed with chase and adventure, story. Ryan Reynolds, a protection agent, and Samuel L. Jackson, the hitman, starred in the summer blockbuster, The Hitman’s Bodyguard. The movie is about Ryan Reynolds character having to escort Samuel L. Jackson through Europe in a secret mission. Can this movie match their more famous works, or will it go down in a fiery ball of smoke. Let’s take a look at the good and the bad of The Hitman’s Bodyguard.
    The Good:
    Ryand and Sam’s Chemistry: Say what you will about the dialogue being worn down and over used. These two phenomenal actors looked great when they were playing off of each other. The moments of dialogue that were great were found in between the action scenes. Their ability to make quick witted comments over the various forms of destruction that was going on around them is fantastic.
    Depth in Detail: One thing that is done well is the effect of damage done to the body. Many times in film the audience will see a character get shot in the leg, have a limp. Only in a few scenes being able to run a marathon and do huge leaps. This movie does a great job of not only showing throughout the film the damage, but emphasizing that damage in a narrative sense. It makes these super humans feel more mortal, which makes their dangers more extreme.
    The Bad:
    Bad CGI: Nothing stands out more in a film than bad Computer Generated Images. It takes the viewer out of the immersion, and makes them distracted from the scene. While most of the explosions in the film are passable, and other CGI sequences were decent; there were multiple moments were the CGI was horrible. I get that the movie is trying to emulate a 80’s style buddy cop movie, but it does not need to go to this extreme of a reflection. What made this worse was the action scene, up to that point, was amazing; but then I would get distracted by the CGI.
    The Story and Dialogue: I hinted about this in my good points about the film, but the story and dialogue were very much an homage to 80’s style Buddy Cop films. While this is okay, most of the time, the film needs to add more. It’s one thing to take from a film genre and have a fresh spin, but this film doesn’t try to do that. Outside several great lines of dialogue from Salma Hayek, Ryan Reynolds, and Samuel Jackson; the film sort of falls flat because of the unoriginality. Its lines that viewers have heard 1,000 times before with just different words and people.

Overall:
I think it’s important to state this, objectively, this film is mediocre. The bad CGI, dialogue, and plot really do this film harm in the scoring department. Now that that is out of the way. I really enjoyed this film. If you are looking for a cinematic masterpiece that is an action adventure, wait till John Wick Chapter 3; but this is more of a lay back and not over analyze type of film. The action sequences were fun, inventive, and unique; the scenes with Salma Hayek were hilarious; and the dialogue that wasn’t taken from Lethal Weapon or 48 Hrs, were funny.
With all that taken into account this film gets a 7.5/10.
I’ve been Alex Hummel from Wattsupreviews.com, and I will see you next time.

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