If you’re a sucker for fast-paced and ultra-violent action movies, stop what you’re doing and head to the nearest cinema to see Nobody. From the producers of John Wick and the director of Hardcore Henry, this movie will hit you like a sucker punch and leave you hungry for more.
In the unlikeliest of turns, Bob Odenkirk from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul steps into the ring with his typical nice-guy persona. He plays Hutch, a family man who lives his life with a repetitive humdrum conformance. As depicted via a snappy montage early in the film, he wakes up every morning, sips his coffee, heads to work and comes home again. When he interrupts a home invasion one night, he resists the perfect opportunity to get the upper hand and, in turn, is ridiculed by his family and neighbours.
Unbeknownst to all of them, Hutch has a secret. And as if a switch has been flicked inside his head, he is compelled to act upon a ravenous thirst for violence. Once a feared ‘Auditor’ for the three major bureaus and agencies, Hutch flips back into his old mode and sets out on a mission of vengeance, which bears the consequence of crossing a major Russian crime lord.
The fallout is a grisly tit-for-tat of brutality and carnage and Hutch loves every moment of it. If you’re a fan of the John Wick series, then you are in for a treat. In fact, upon reflection, Nobody might be even better! Taking the formulaic genre and exploiting every single trope, director Ilya Naishuller conjures a unique interpretation of this run-of-the-mill concept.
Taking cues from films like Taken and A History of Violence, Naishuller applies the distinct signature he previously flaunted in his False Alarm music video for The Weeknd (find it on YouTube, it’s incredible) and dishes us a movie that not only rivals John Wick but is also the film that Rambo: Last Blood should have been.
Bob Odenkirk has no need to further convince us that he’s amongst the greatest actors of his generation – his genius has been proven with his iconic turn as Saul Goodman, or as deputy Bill Oswalt in the first season of Fargo, amongst numerous other roles. He has portrayed varying degrees of nice guys throughout his career and has always assumed a meek and cowardly persona. In Nobody he subverts expectations and turns that reputation on its head, all the while leaving a bloody mess of bodies in his wake. It is a sight to behold, and a very funny one at that.
Along for the ride are Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd, RZA, and an almost unrecognisable Michael Ironside, who are all well cast and fit the mould perfectly. Lloyd is a particular delight as Hutch’s father, a retired FBI man with a few kinks to iron out before shuffling off this mortal coil. But best of all the supporting cast is Aleksei Serebryakov (Leviathan) as the notorious Russian mobster who also enjoys taking centre stage as a singer as his nightclub. His performance is both terrifying and hilarious and gives the entire cast a run for its money.
Nobody knows precisely what type of movie it is, and it makes no apologies. In fact, it relies on our knowledge and love for John Wick and other aforementioned titles. Aware that we already know exactly how it’s going to play out, the plot and character reveals were cleverly presented in the original trailers before the film even arrived. And for those who avoid trailers, the film opens with the biggest reveal of all. This gives Naishuller the freedom to play with expectations for the entire running time, and audiences will be delighted at how often he catches them off guard.
In cinemas: April 1, 2021
Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd
Directed by: Ilya Naishuller