When you have enough money to make a movie with a great cast and abuse explosive scenes, the chances of success are very high. Patrick Hughes’ “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” brings together Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman and Salma Hayek in an energetic and flamboyant action film, seasoned with good doses of humor and romance.
The talents are irrefutable. There’s no way to say that the driving duo formed by Reynolds and Jackson doesn’t do super well in every scene. The plot is simple and does not tie knots in the viewer’s head, which turns the production into something fun, relaxing and invigorating. It gives the audience everything they want from a good entertainment show.
In the script written by Tom O’Connor, the same as “The English Spy” and “Fire Against Fire”, Samuel L. Jackson lives the assassin Darius Kincaid. He is to testify at the Hague Tribunal as a witness against the former dictator of Belarus, the bloodthirsty leader Vladislav Dukhovich (Oldman), but a powerful army of villains wants to capture Kincaid before he appears in court. For this they even installed spies in Interpol. So Agent Amelia Roussel (Elodie Young) brings in her ex-boyfriend and ex-Special Protection Agent Michael Bryce (Reynolds) to provide personal security for Kincaid at the courthouse in Amsterdam. On the way, Bryce and Kincaid face a horde of thugs and Interpol agents.
What follows are two hours of well-choreographed fights, gunfights, explosions, escapes and a lot of emotion. There is tension over whether Kincaid will make it in time to testify as the judge sets a deadline to hear his testimony or it will be ignored. In the midst of this, there is a heartfelt romance between the mercenary and his beloved Sonia (Hayek). Bryce and Amelia, on the other hand, do not get along since the end of their somewhat maladjusted relationship, full of miscommunication and interpretation, but Bryce remains in love and his love for Amelia translates into a free and open hostility towards her, which provides some of the best scenes, cartoons. Other sequences of constant arguments between Bryce and Kincaid also provide a satirical tone and reinforce the bond between them, who develop an increasingly unlikely but steadfast friendship.
Reynolds was instrumental in developing his character’s personality during pre-production, and also in creating the comedic edge of the film, which was written to be an action drama rather than a comedy. The confirmation of his name for the role also gave Samuel L. Jackson enough confidence to accept the role of Kincaid. They even got along so well during filming that many of the scenes were shot with very spontaneous performances where they were simply enjoying themselves in front of the cameras. This atmosphere of fun, adrenaline and lightness is so clear that it takes the viewer into the same exciting and irreverent universe as the film.
Movie: Hitman’s Bodyguard
Direction: Patrick Hughes
Genre: Action / Comedy