JEANNE'S REVIEW

 

Alas, poor David, really does not like "The Hitman's Bodyguard". I didn't love it, but man, he just hates it. Ha! I can respect that, but I don't agree.

 

Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) owns a triple A-Rated protection agency for executives. His motto is "safe is best" until one of his premier clients is assassinated through the window of his private jet. Now, Bryce is a lone wolf, trying to get back his sterling reputation.

 

His former girlfriend, Interpol agent Amelia Roussel (Elodie Yung), presses Bryce into service, protecting one of the world's most notorious hitmen, Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson). As it turns out, Kincaid is a long-time enemy of Bryce.

 

It is imperative that Kincaid testify against Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), a ruthless, murderous Eastern European dictator, at the International Court of Justice in The Netherlands. With a dwindling time limit, Bryce must move Kincaid from the UK, while being pursued by deadly operatives, guided by Roussel's traitorous Interpol boss, Jean Foucher (Joaquim de Almeida).

 

Yes, we've seen this all before --- lengthy, improbable car and boat chases --- hundreds of bullets flying, and Bryce and Kincaid manage to escape unscathed --- almost. But with Reynolds and Jackson, it's amusing --- and entertaining, despite the horrific violence.

 

To David --- and everyone else who doesn't like "The Hitman's Bodyguard" --- it's strictly a summer popcorn movie. It's deftly directed by Patrick Hughes and the screenplay by Tom O'Connor contains enough humor to keep it enjoyable.

 

And did I mention --- it stars Reynolds and Jackson? Their chemistry is near perfect and their repartee is natural, not forced. I got a kick out of Bryce's constant choice of small innocuous cars --- much to Kincaid's chagrin. They make a great "buddy" team.

 

Salma Hayek has a small, but hilarious role as Sonia Kincaid, Darius' imprisoned, but not persecuted wife. Everyone in the prison, including her poor cellmate, is afraid of her. Hayek is looking her usual gorgeous self, much unlike her recent Oscar-worthy performance in "Beatriz at Dinner". And that's the beauty of "The Hitman's Bodyguard" --- who else but Hayek would be in full hair and makeup in a prison?

 

So, David --- get over yourself. "The Hitman's Bodyguard" is silly summer fun.

 

Opinion:  Mild, Mild, Mild See It Now!

 

DAVID'S REVIEW

 

The pairing of mega-stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, on paper, looks great, but unfortunately their new film, "The Hitman's Bodyguard" falls far short of expectations. It is only marginally funny --- occasional lines made me chuckle --- but for the most part, the dialogue they are given by screenwriter Tom O'Connor is lame --- and gets worse.

 

Director Patrick Hughes falls prey to the belief that the more explosions and gunfire in a movie, the more entertaining it will be. Not so much. His film is overly violent, with so many cars rolling over it is mind-numbing. There is one funny sequence involving singing nuns on a bus --- too bad there weren't more moments like this.

 

At 118 minutes, "The Hitman's Bodyguard" is a waste of talent and pyrotechnics. The only reason to waste two hours watching this film is Salma Hayek, still drop-dead gorgeous at 50, and even more appealing as a foul-mouthed jailbird. She is a hoot!

 

Opinion:  Don't Bother!