Over the course of three films now, director Patrick Hughes has displayed an undeniable flair for practical action and vehicular mayhem, even if his cutting style remains a bit too quick. Someone should really hand him the keys to the next "Fast and Furious" movie or a "Transporter" flick. What he hasn't displayed, however, is a penchant for comedy, and "Hitman's Bodyguard" suffers for it - and a bloated runtime.
Ludicrously fun violence, profusion of cheapy deathes, pieces of broken and crashed cars, vehement shouts like "motherfu**er motherfu**er MOTHERFU**ER!!!" etc. They tell me that in this desolate, full of WTF Tramp era, what we need is ginormously ass-exploding soul like Renny Harlin has had once in that unbelievably optimistic 1990's. Blitheringly dumb, sometimes so clumsy, yet truly fun ride. And Kurosawa RIP!!!!!!
Entertaining but empty summer entertainment with its two leads playing characters that they've both played variations on before. Worth catching for the brief appearances by Salma Hayek who scores here.
1/10. THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD is a paint-by-numbers action comedy. Nothing here is surprising. I would have preferred the movie to try to be action packed and funny, but instead it bogs itself down with an unnecessary romantic subplot and a life outlook debate between Ryan Reynolds and Sam Jackson that feels shallow and rehashed the FIRST time it's brought up -- nevermind the other five.
The tone of this film veers all over the place. One moment it's a gritty action film with graphic violence, then it's a cartoonish comedy flick, then it's surreal, then it's a comedy...it really doesn't work. It's a shame to squander such a charismatic cast who look as though they're just going through the motions.It's not even bad enough to garner a 1 star review. I feel nothing.