I’ve been a big fan of buddy-cop, action-comedy films for as long as I can remember. I think the one that did it for most people is the famed Lethal Weapon film series that took two great actors with perfect chemistry and made them into even bigger stars. There’s also the beloved Rush Hour film series that are among some of my most favorite movies of all time, and a few others out there that I’m sure I have yet to see. The latest entry in this fun genre is The Hitman’s Bodyguard, a film that contains all the humor and action fans have come to expect from these kind of movies, and takes these traits to new heights.
Enter the life of Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds), who was part of a Triple-A rated protection agency that has a spotless record of protecting any high-level target that could afford their services. After having his last client get assassinated when he thought everything was safe, Michael’s life and his rating went down the toilet, and he’s now reduced to protecting low-life scum to pay the bills. Meanwhile his old girlfriend, Interpol Agent Amelia Roussel (Elodie Yung) and her team are in charge of transporting international contract killer Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) from London to The Hague in order to testify against the evil Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) who is being charged with numerous war crimes. Of course this doesn’t go as planned thanks to a mole hidden in Amelia’s ranks, and her team gets ambushed by Dukhovich’s men who will stop at nothing to make sure Darius doesn’t make it to testify. At her wit’s end, Amelia reaches out to Michael to escort Darius, but this turns out to be bad as the two have a troubled history between them that will put their self-control of wanting to kill each other to the test, while entertaining viewers with crazy action and laughs as they go.
Needless to say, I really enjoyed watching this wild ride unfold. So much so, that it’s nearly two hour run time seemed to speed by at breakneck speed. The perfect comedic chemistry between Reynolds and Jackson is spot on, as Reynolds brings his Deadpool-like quips and barbs to the table against Jackson’s cavalier attitude and foul language that he’s world famous for. Putting all of that together, it’s like you’re watching The Odd Couple of action films. The Blu-ray review copy I was sent was awesome, as the high definition visuals and sound were on point and a must for an action-comedy film of this caliber.
As far as the special features go, there’s audio commentary with director Patrick Hughes that takes viewers behind some of the crazy antics and production that went into making the movie. There’s also some outtakes that I’m always a fan of and are pretty funny, and lastly some deleted, extended, and alternate scenes that are fun to look at, but don’t add much to the film and will make you see why they were cut.
If you’re a fan of action-comedy movies like I am, you’ll love The Hitman’s Bodyguard as it’s one of the most funny and fun movies I’ve seen this year. A great cast, perfect chemistry between the leads, and plenty of awesome action bits are sure to make you head to the store and protect a copy of this Blu-ray for yourself.