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The Hitman’s Bodyguard  : Hits A Retro Note
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Friday, August 25, 2017
Patrick Hughes
Elodie Yung, Ryan Reynolds, Tsuwayuki Saotome

Triple ‘A’ rated  bodyguard Michael Bryce gets a severe dent in his reputation when he loses a high-profile Japanese client to a sniper’s bullet. That too, through an airplane window just when the pleased client is waving him goodbye.


It’s also goodbye to his Triple ‘A’ status but ex-girlfriend and Interpol agent Amelia knows he’s still the best. He’s still the only one who can safely escort Darius Kincaid, the best assassin in the business, to the Netherlands to depose as a witness against cruel dictator Dukhovich.


The journey is typical buddy action comedy and pure fun if only it weren’t all so familiar.


When Bryce and Kincaid, sworn enemies from the same world, are thrown together and they go for each other’s jugular, you know they’ll soon be thick enough to watch out for each other. That’s precisely what Tom O’Connor writes into his screenplay.


On the long trip from Manchester to Amsterdam where the case against Dukhovich is being heard at The Hague, there must be pitstops for action and more action. And Dukhovich’s inexhaustible army of villains is what director Patrick Hughes regularly introduces. When assassin Kincaid shares a back story about how he met Sonia, the love of his life, you know somewhere along the way, Bryce the bodyguard will also disclose how he met and lost Amelia. Along with the back stories through their banter, it’s also a given that the assassin will nudge his new buddy towards kissing and making up with Amelia.


As the prescription goes, mean men who kill go mushy over their women.


Action comedy also means super cool nerves and romantic moves while guns are blazing all around the two.   


What else have we missed? Ah, yes, super cool dialogues too. Like the rule-observing bodyguard sternly reminding the unperturbed assassin that it’s his job to keep him out of harm’s way. And the assassin grinning, “I am harm’s way.”


With Samuel L Jackson around, the expletives are as indispensable as punctuation marks in a sentence.

And Bryce, no surprise, delivers the high value asset in the nick of time. Amelia is appeased. And nobody keeps count of how many cars, boats and choppers are blown up or how high the body count is en route.


Salma Hayek as Kincaid’s spitfire wife is amusing. Ryan Reynoldsas earnest Bryce and Jackson as unflappable Kincaid are entertaining even if they fall into the much-used mould of opposites being teamed together. 


For a film that we in India call time-pass, The Hitman’s Bodyguard gets a 3* rating.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author
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