Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is a special kind of bodyguard. His ‘Triple-A rating’ means he’s looking after high profile clients, but he never thought he’d one day be responsible for protecting a hitman.
However, when his ex-girlfriend Amelia (Elodie Yung), who’s now working at Interpol, calls him in to help with a job, that’s exactly what happens.
The corrupt Belarusian President Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) is being tried in court for treason, and the only one with any sound evidence against him is renowned assassin Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson).
Kincaid has only agreed to help with the case in the first place, as it will free his particularly vocal wife (Salma Hayek) from prison.
Interpol’s Amelia entrusts his safe transport to the court with Bryce, creating the perfect mismatch – especially considering their past…
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is essentially a buddy cop film with a twist, with Reynolds’ and Jackson’s characters attempting to stay one step ahead of the Belarusian crims on their tail.
Jackson is basically playing the same character he plays in all of his films; potty-mouthed, righteous antagonist, but this time he’s married to his female counterpart in Salma Hayek.
Gary Oldman is an undeniable standout as the dictator Dukhovich, and is almost unrecognisable at times. Reynolds, too, has developed quite the affinity for comedic badass roles, and is right at home in this enjoyable – albeit forgettable – action-comedy.
In cinemas: August 31, 2017
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek
Directed by: Patrick Hughes
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