I’ll just come right out and say it. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a lot of fun! It stars Ryan Reynolds as Michael Bryce, a disgraced “Elite Triple-A Rated” protection agent who is called by an ex-girlfriend to guard Darius Kincaid, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen. Kincaid is played by Samuel L. Jackson. Bryce is tasked with getting Kincaid from London to The Hague, in under 24 hours, to testify against a war criminal while being pursued by his goons. Along the way, they get in high-speed car chases, riveting shootouts, and an insane boat chase. Their dislike for each other is matched only by their sharp wit.
This movie is so easy to watch. It’s a buddy movie filled with action and comedy from beginning to end. The only reason it works is because of the chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. They are all in for this movie and their wit is on full display. I’ve never seen Samuel L. Jackson look this relaxed on-screen outside of those commercials with Spike Lee and Charles Barkley that run during the NCAA Basketball Tournament. This role seems to come easy to him. The same can be said for Ryan Reynolds, who has found his calling with action-comedies since starring in Deadpool.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Gary Oldman and Selma Hayek. I didn’t even know that Gary Oldman was in this movie and even when I saw him, I wasn’t totally sure it was him until the end of the film. He plays the villain and if you’ve never seen him play a villain, it’s an added treat because he’s so good at being the bad guy. Selma Hayek plays Kincaid’s wife. She is a tough woman that you do not want to cross. It’s a very different role from anything she’s played and like everyone else in this film, she’s good at it.
My biggest criticisms of The Hitman’s Bodyguard are that it’s littered with continuity errors during some of the faster paced scenes and there was a weird blur effect on nearly every outdoor shot. I’m not sure if that was done to cover up stuntmen or disguise a location but it was very distracting.
From Steven Soderburgh, the director of Ocean's 11, Ocean's 12, and Ocean's 13, comes Logan Lucky. A comedic heist movie about Jimmy and Clyde Logan, played by Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, who are determined to reverse a family curse of bad luck. They decide to execute an elaborate robbery at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Coca-Cola 600.
This movie is fun because of the characters. The Logan brothers assemble a team that seems like stereotypical hillbillies, but they're smarter than they look. That message is clear when their explosives expert Joe Bang, played by Daniel Craig, explains the science of making a bomb with gummy bears and bleach. There's even a joke for Game of Thrones fans in the middle of the movie.
The movie drags in a couple of places and you feel like it could end a lot sooner than it did. Otherwise, Logan Lucky is a pretty good movie. It's not as witty as The Hitman's Bodyguard but it's a little more clever.
Also, in theaters this week…
Wind River is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent played by Elizabeth Olsen. She teams up with a local game tracker, played by Jeremy Renner, who has deep community ties and a haunted past, to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death.
Step documents the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. As each one tries to become the first in their families to attend college, the girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city.