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August 30, 2017

The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) --- "WARNING: It's Possible To Write A Film's Script Using Only Cuss Words."

Plot Summary
The world's top protection agent is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world's most notorious hit men. 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 journey from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator who is out for blood. (1) 

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Rated R for strong violence and language throughout.

Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     I just saw The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) and I was pretty impressed. I like action/comedy films and this film is worth seeing in theaters with a group of people. The Hitman's Bodyguard is a combination of the humor/language from Deadpool and the action from Jack Reacher; kind of like a more vulgar version of Rush Hour. This film received an R rating mostly due to the profound language – an overabundance of the F-bomb (Jackson has made a career on using the F-bomb) – and some action sequences. The chemistry between Ryan Reynolds’ and Samuel L. Jackson’s characters was pretty good and as the film goes on we start to see the personality, and even some reasoning, behind the who the characters are. There are times when the use of vulgar language gets a bit annoying especially when you hear the F-word every 5 seconds but at the same time, it plays a part in explaining the main characters personalities. Also, Salma Hayek's character as a totally violent person was surprising and fun to watch. 

     The plot is a little different, a guy (Reynolds) who used to run a protection agency before his business failed when he lost a client, is now a personal bodyguard. An old ‘acquaintance’ from Interpol (Elodie Yung) task him to be the personal bodyguard to a former assassin (Jackson), who is now a witness and needs to get to the courthouse safely in order to testify against a dictator. Now I will admit that the first 20 minutes was the pretty standard beginning but once Jackson and Reynolds get together the atmosphere of the film changes. This film’s plot doesn't take itself seriously, especially with Reynolds and Jackson in the leads, and just like any modern action/comedy, the plot isn't meant to be something amazing. Of course, it is interesting and plays out in an almost predictable way but aside from that, it gets the job done.
     Being a comedy film, The Hitman's Bodyguard delivers on a lot of comedy; if you’re a fan of Deadpool’s humor then you’ll like this film. The action was also pretty great, the team behind all the action sequences drew some inspiration from John Wick and Jack Reacher. There was never a dull moment, even during the more relaxed scenes. Another aspect that made the movie fun is the soundtrack and the use of some 80’s songs like Hello by Lionel Richie or I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner.

     Overall, The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) is not only an entertaining film to see but it is also quite a surprise. There’s humor, action, and an interesting story with great chemistry between two great actors. The action is great and there is never a dull moment, not even during the more relaxed scenes. I recommend you see this with a group of people (minus children under 18) and despite the F-bomb being used heavily throughout the film, as you start to progress through the film you will find that it kind of adds to the two main characters’ personalities. Also if you’re a fan of Samuel L. Jackson or the humor in Deadpool then you most likely won’t care much about the profound language and if you liked the action in Jack Reacher then you will like this film.

“I can assure you, we are more than prepared for any assault.” - Garrett
[headbutts Garret] “Prepared for that assault?” - Darius Kinkaid
[from trailer]

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  4 of 5 star
Worth Buying:  4 of 5 stars

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Cast & Crew
 Directed by Patrick Hughes       
Writing Credits: Tom O'Connor
Produced by 
     (Co-Producer) William Paul Clark     
     (Line Producer) Mark Birmingham (UK), Valentin Dimitrov, Veselin Karadjov (Bulgaria), Peter Mechkoff, Suzie Shearer (re-shoots), and Berry van Zwieten.

Music by Atli Örvarsson 
Cinematography by Jules O'Loughlin           
Film Editing by Jake Roberts   
Production Design by Russell De Rozario    
Set Decoration by Orlin Grozdanov and Claire Nia Richards
Costume Design by Stephanie Collie  

Elodie Yung                                            ...      Amelia Roussel
Ryan Reynolds                                      ...      Michael Bryce
Tsuwayuki Saotome                            ...      Kurosawa
Richard E. Grant                                  ...      Seifert
Gary Oldman                                         ...      Vladislav Dukhovich
Rod Hallett                                             ...      Professor Asimov
Yuri Kolokolnikov                               ...      Ivan
Nadia Konakchieva                             ...      Mrs. Asimov
Valentin Stojanov                                ...      Petr Asimov Jr.
Michael Gor                                            ...      Livitin
Barry Atsma                                           ...      Moreno
Kirsty Mitchell                                      ...      Harr
Samuel L. Jackson                               ...      Darius Kincaid
Tine Joustra                                           ...      Renata Casoria
Sam Hazeldine                                      ...      Garrett
Joaquim de Almeida                          ...      Jean Foucher
Salma Hayek                                          ...      Sonia Kincaid
Donna Preston                                       ...      Sonia's Cell Mate
Ori Pfeffer                                                ...      Vacklin
Russell De Rozario                              ...      Nun Driver
Velimir Velev                                         ...      Preacher Murderer
Batola Jean-Jacque Menard           ...      Preacher       
Dijarn Campbell                                   ...      Young Kincaid 

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