The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Review – Cineworld Unlimited Screening

It was an early preview screening of The Hitman’s Bodyguard thanks to Cineworld and their Unlimited Screenings last night.

The hitman comedy stars Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, The Voices) and Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) that sees Reynolds as the world’s top protection agent that has lost his “Triple A rating” being called in to guard the life of his mortal enemy, Jackson, who happen’s to be the world’s most notorious hit man. Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) has one job to do and that’s to get Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) from England to the Hague while fighting to keep Kincaid alive!

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is an all out action laugh fest, right from the very start of the film I knew that I would be trying to stifle my uncontrollably laughing throughout the movie. Reynolds and Jackson are perfectly suited together in the film, their banter between each other is priceless, with Reynolds somewhat calm and sophisticated way of doing his job with everything times to perfection and Jackson being the complete opposite with his foul-mouth and shoot first, kick ass, and ask questions later attitude.

Ryan Renolds is very much up to his comedic self in The Hitman’s Bodyguard, somewhat toned down from his role as Deadpool, but still sharp with the one liners that we have come to expect from the comedy movies that he is in, still with those expletives thrown in for fun.

'This guy single-handedly ruined the word motherf****r.' - Bryce (Ryan Reynolds)Click To Tweet

He also shows that he loves an action movie and the introduction between him and Jackson in a safe house is nicely shot and choreographed, showing that the days of the action comedy movies are still with us.

As I mentioned earlier Jackson’s character, Kincaid is foul-mouthed, I lost count how many times he dropped the F-bomb through the movie, but boy oh boy does Samuel L. Jackson make it sound poetic when he uses it. Yes I know that doesn’t sound right, but wait till you see the movie, you’ll know what I mean.

The role of Kincaid is perfectly suited for Jackson and to be honest I couldn’t see anyone else in the role, his screen presence comes across with the sheer power of his wild and crazy performance as a hitman that isn;t happy with his babysitting bodyguard!

The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Reynolds & Jackson

This is a wild buddy movie, in its own peculiar way, Reynolds and Jackson work brilliantly together on the screen, bouncing off one another with witty machine gun banter, this is a movie that I wasn’t expecting to be so funny and action packed, but I was wrong to think anything else, these two certainly need to be paired up again for another movie, maybe we will see Deadpool and Nick Fury playing verbal tennis in Deadpool 2 next year, you just never know.

But for now, we’ll just have to make do with them in this one, heck that makes me happy just to see them in this, but come on Hollywood more please, not so much a sequel, maybe with the tables turned, hmmmmm.

Let’s not forget about …

OK, OK, I’m getting there, sheesh. Kincaid is heading to the Hague as a witness against a merciless Eastern European dictator and who else could play the part that gives it the gravitas that it needs, well none other than the brilliant Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Oldman is great as Vladislav Dukhovich, a character that you love to hate. What can I say, Oldman always brings the characters he plays to life on the screen and he does them in a way that he never seems to have two characters sound or indeed look the same.

Look out for Richard E. Grant as a rather nervous drug taking business man that Bryce has to escort to safety and the conversation of the back seat of Bryce’s car! Also look out for Salma Hayek in a role almost as foul-mouthed as Jacksons!

Director Patrick Hughes has brought us a great film that is full of comedy, action with high-speed chases, some rather crazy boat escapades and stunt work that just works so well throughout the movie, I have to say that back in 2014 I loved The Expendables 3 and I think Hughes has excelled himself with the action and direction of The Hitman’s Bodyguard.

The soundtrack is also a joy to listen to, there does seem to be some amazing soundtracks coming along these days in the movies such as Baby Driver, the music for this movie is by Icelandic born Atli Örvarsson and the composition works brilliantly throughout the movie, giving it lots of atmosphere through the action, comedy and serious moments of the movie. But it’s not just Örvarsson’s music that delights through the film, we also get treated to some brilliant tracks from Foreigner, Spiderbait, Chuck Berry and more.

The Hitman's Bodyguard UK Quad

The Hitman’s Bodyguard UK Quad

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is out in UK Cinemas on the 18th August, book your tickets now and don’t miss out on the crazy fun.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham