Hello everyone! I know it’s been a while, but I’m back with a new movie review. I’m still working on constructing the revamped blog so that will be coming up soon. I’ll have more official news about that in coming weeks. But, back to business. Have you ever had times where you want to go out to see a movie, but nothing really piques your interest? That’s kind of how it is as the summer season reaches its epilogue. But there are those few surprises in late August…
Ryan Reynolds plays Michael Bryce, a “triple A rated” executive protection agent, known best for not losing a client. When an unsuccessful delivery of a client goes south, Bryce’s reputation is in pieces as he works as a second-class bodyguard for hire. Two years after the incident, Bryce is given a chance to prove his worth once again; chance comes in the shape of an Interpol offer to escort the renowned international assassin, Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), from Manchester to the Hague in order to testify at the International Court of Justice. One problem: they have to put aside their personal differences and try not to kill each other in the process.
There are certain times where you worry about a film like this because of the unknown chemistry between the two leads playing reluctant partners.That is not a problem here. Reynolds and Jackson have excellent comedic timing and chemistry. They keep you laughing throughout the movie as Bryce tries to keep control of the situation in his transportation of Kincaid while his partner is more willing to go with the flow and let the chaos happen. Even among the explosions, boat-chases, and loads of ammunition shot across Europe, the two characters find time to discuss their love lives as Bryce looks to not only get his protection status back, but also reunite with his estranged ex-girlfriend, Amelia Roussel (Marvel’s Daredevil), and Kincaid seeks to reunite with his aggressive but hilarious wife, Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek). Gary Oldman does a great job as the villain of the film, once again playing a sinister role that you can’t help but love to hate.
This film can coast on the comedic chemistry of Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds’ banter, but the rest of the film is carried by the plethora of action-comedy cliches. But there is a reason that a cliche became a cliche: it’s because they work. Along with the chemistry that I’ve mentioned before , it makes the film a delightfully ridiculous action-comedy that’s a late summer surprise. This late summer release would have been easy to sink into the quicksand of its genre, but chemistry is everything in a movie like this and this combination will have everyone in the audience laughing. You have nothing to lose by seeing this film, whether you go to the theaters or not.