One of my favorite action sub-genres is the mismatched buddy comedy. When its done right (Lethal Weapon
) it is spectacular. Unfortunately, in recent years, the enjoyable versions of these movies have become increasingly hard to find.
Enter The Hitman's Bodyguard
. Out now from Lionsgate, The Hitman's Bodyguard
brings all of the bloody profane goodness I'm looking for in a action-buddy flick.
Unfamiliar with The Hitman's Bodyguard
? Here's your synopsis -
The world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men (Samuel L. Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years, and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades, and a merciless Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman) who is out for blood. Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife.
How about a NSFW
When I first saw a trailer for this one I remember thinking Reynolds and Jackson trading snark and f-bombs sounded like a match made in heaven. Truth be told, it's probably a lot further south, but still.
What you've got in The HItman's Bodyguard
is a cast full of A-Listers having fun playing with their reputations and the tropes of the genre. Everyone is at the top of their game and that makes the movie all the more fun. The movie also has what is perhaps the most Samuel L. Jackson scene in any of his movies (and I've seen a LOT of those).
The home video release, available now, includes the following extras:
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard: A Love Story” Featurette
“Hitman vs. Bodyguard” Featurette
“Dangerous Women” Featurette
“Big Action in a Big World” Featurette
The Hitman's Bodyguard
is a not for the whole family, but you have to know that with the cast working in a hard R environment.
Action fans should give The Hitman's Bodyguard
a look. It's a fun movie with a great cast.