The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

Review by CJ

Patrick Hughes

Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Elodie Yung, Salma Hayek

Running time:
118 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Tango & Cash, Lethal Weapon, Bad Boys, most other action buddy films


Corrupt and evil Belarusian President Dukhovich (Oldman) has been brought to trial at the International Court of Justice. The witnesses brought forward do not have enough evidence for a successful case and prosecution depends on the testimony of convicted hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson). It falls to professional bodyguard and Darius’s longtime enemy Michael Bryce (Reynolds) to protect Darius from the President’s hired assassins … assuming they don’t kill each other first.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard gives viewers a fun take on the buddy genre with plenty of action, buckets of laughs and copious use of the term ‘motherf*cker’. A lot of the plot is formulaic but it works because it incorporates the tried and tested in a new setting with a hilarious cast.

The chemistry between Jackson and Reynolds is electric. There’s nothing sadder than a buddy film where the buddies don’t mesh, so it’s great to see the two stars play off each other so well.

Hayek was great in her role, but it’s not one that she hasn’t played before. The angry but kickass woman is something Hayek does well and her role in The Hitman’s Bodyguard is no exception. She’s fun to watch and adds another spark to the film.

Oldman is a chameleon character actor. I love him when he’s good and I love, love, love him when he’s bad. His evil Belarusian President is fun to watch.

If you enjoy action movies with lots of gunfights, a few explosions and plenty of crude wisecracks, then let your mind rest and absorb a couple of hours worth with The Hitman’s Bodyguard. If you want an intelligent movie or are offended by profanity then these are not the celluloids you are looking for.


“You’ve got a speck of blood on your … everywhere.”

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