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The Hitman’s Bodyguard Blu-ray Review

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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” misses the target.

In “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” the story revolves around the hitman and, you guessed it, the bodyguard. The bodyguard in this equation is Michael- a former high profile bodyguard who loses a client and is essentially demoted to lower end work. The titular hitman is Darius- a contract killer who has made a deal to testify against a murderous Belaruse dictator (Dukhovich) who has previously killed anyone that opted to testify against him. After Dukhovich’s men try to kill Darius, an Interpol agent and former lover of Michael’s named Amelia convinced Michael to help protect Darius until his testimony. Alas, the job is easier said than done as seemingly everyone is after Darius and Michael.

On paper, it’s easy to see how “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” was designed as a crowd pleaser. It’s an action-comedy vehicle that stars everyone’s favorite cursing and yelling bad-ass (Samuel L. Jackson) and the fast talking comedic star (Ryan Reynolds). While the mere image of seeing these two together in a Hollywood blockbuster might be entertaining to some, there’s sadly not much to ride home about here.

As an action movie, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” does at least deliver loads of intense and lengthy action set pieces involving car chases, a boat chase, explosions, and shoot-outs. Unfortunately, it’s hard to care about anything happening on screen due to Tom O’Connor’s disposable and woefully unfunny script. I wish I could say there were laughs to be had here, but to me, the movie was entirely beneath the talent of Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds. The movie plays like an embarrassing live-action cartoon with groan worthy banter, a thrown in singing sequence, endless jokes about a smelly car, non-stop curse words (which are meant to be funny I guess?), senseless violence and jokes about it, and even a random bus scene with nuns. Add in the forced romantic stories, an entirely predictable story and an overlong runtime and you’ll wonder why you are watching the movie at all.

As I touched upon earlier, it’s a shame that the movie wastes so much talent. Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, and Elodie Yung (Elektra in the “Daredevil” series) give it their all, but they just don’t have much to work with. A cast of this magnitude deserved better than this movie which feels like a 90’s action movie script that was discovered in some random drawer.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? To no surprise, this disc boasts a crisp hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? This is a fantastic track that really delivers loud and high quality action.

Extras: Digital copy, DVD copy, Lionsgate/Summit trailers, a featurette titled “Big Action In A Big World” which contains interviews, film clips, discussions about the action, and more, a likable solo commentary by director Patrick Hughes, 4 deleted scenes, 4 extended scenes, 2 alternate scenes, 5 ½ minutes of outtakes, a featurette (“The Hitman’s Bodyguard: A Love Story”) that covers the romance stories in the movie, an extra (“Hitman Vs. Bodyguard”) which is basically a collection of clips showcasing the characters and story, and “Dangerous Women” which is about the bad-as female characters in the film.

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November 13, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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