A review of the film “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”

This intriguing title put me in mind of the 1967 action comedy “The President’s Analyst” – what happens when the counsellor to POTUS has his own mental issues? In this 2017 movie, what happens when one of the world’s most accomplished hitmen (Samuel L Jackson) needs to be protected by one of the world’s top bodyguards (Ryan Reynolds)? There’s a good deal of profanity, an enormous amount of shooting, driving, and exploding, and some humour. 

The hitman’s wife (Salma Hayek) and the bodyguard’s ex-girlfriend (√Člodie Yung) are both very capable of looking after themselves as well (in real life Yung is a black belt in karate), but this is a buddy movie so we see too little of them and Gary Oldman too is underused as the baddie with an endless of supply of heavies lining up to be disposed of by the hitman and the bodyguard. But I was pleased to see location shooting in Amsterdam which I’ve visited several times. 

This is what i would call a popcorn movie and did well enough at the box office to spawn a sequel. 


 




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