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|Original title:||The Hitman`s Bodyguard|
|Production country:||USA 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 118 Min|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
Once upon a time Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) was the best bodyguard you could get for money. But after an order had gone well and truly wrong, his reputation also went bad and his life went well and truly off the rails. But he of all people is supposed to make sure that the infamous hit man Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) gets safely to The Hague, where he is supposed to testify against the war criminal Dukhovic (Gary Oldman). But it is not only his henchmen who make this undertaking extremely complicated and leaded. Also the common past of Bryce and Kincaid leads again and again to enormous tensions between the men, which provides in the truest sense of the word to some very explosive moments…
From a film like "Killer`s Bodyguard" no innovations should be expected. Even highly spiritual dialogues or a demanding dramaturgy should not necessarily be assumed. But director Patrick Hughes ("The Expendables 3") didn't even want to reinvent the wheel here, but rather stage an entertaining action comedy, which with its sayings and hand-made action is supposed to remind us of the great Buddy comedies of the 80s. And that's exactly what he did very well. Of course, the movie lives especially from the good chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, who just pass the balls to each other verbally so skilfully, that even in somewhat tougher or hackneyed moments this is a real pleasure.
One notices them just like Salma Hayek that they had a lot of fun playing such overdrawn characters. What doesn't work so well, however, is when the whole thing strikes a more serious note. The conflict between Bryce and his ex, played by Elodie Yung, well known from the Netflix series "Daredevil", is a little bit too much played out and the cruelties Dukhovic has committed seem a bit out of place in their intensity in an otherwise rather light action comedy. Fortunately, Hughes makes up for such weaknesses very quickly with a constantly increasing tempo and really good action.
Except for two or three scenes, the humor isn't too overdone and enters into a perfect harmony with the not exactly squeamishly staged shootings, duels and chases. Yes, that is not particularly original and also not exactly demanding. But if you just want to have a lot of fun and appreciate well done action without too obvious CGI effects, this is the place for you. And that's why despite some small weaknesses there is a satisfied one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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