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Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Blu-ray Review

Not even the cast can save “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.”

In the sequel to 2017’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” the story finds former bodyguard (Michael) without a bodyguard license. Moreover, he has been getting therapy and has opted not to use guns. His therapist suggests a vacation, but his peaceful trip is short lived. Sonia (a con artist who is the wife of hitman Darius) recruits Michael to rescue Darius from the mafia. That operation drifts over into a larger one when Interpol ends up needing the help of Michael, Sonia and Darius to take down a Greek terrorist (Aristotle) who is plotting a cyberattack against Europe.

I get why this is a franchise. It’s R-rated escapist action-comedy fare with 2 of the biggest stars in Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. With that said, the first one didn’t work so why would a sequel? As it turns out, the sequel is just as abysmal if not more so.

Even with the massive star power of this sequel that reunites Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and features newcomers like Frank Grillo, Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman, this Patrick Hughes directed movie does nothing but waste their talent. “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” feels like the definition of a paycheck movie. Reynolds seems disinterested and Samuel L. Jackson just floats along. Only Salma Hayek seems locked in here and is indeed the best part of the movie. As for Grillo, Banderas and Freeman, their roles are so basic and unchallenging that the actors don’t have to put in much work. 

Now, if you enjoyed the first installment, you’ll get more of the same here with this sequel about secrets, baggage, relationships and family. The movie is filled with cursing, endless bickering, death, chase sequences, pop culture references, and a sense of no basis in reality. If you weren’t a fan of the first, this sequel will not win you over. At all. Not only are there few laughs (I counted 2 for myself), but the characters are more obnoxious than ever. Add in one of the stupidest endings I’ve seen in recent memory and you’ll find yourself wondering why this sequel ever got made.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? The Blu-ray disc provides a crisp hi-def transfer. Note: This title is also available on 4K.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? The Atmos track is nothing short of marvelous. The action really puts the speakers to work.


Extras:
* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* 2 theatrical trailers
* A nearly 5 minute gag reel
* “Ryan, Sam, Salma: One F’d Up Family”- A featurette on the character dynamics.
* “Gone Soft: The New Michael Bryce”- An extra about the Michael Bryce character in this sequel.
* “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard: #stuntlife”- A featurette on the stunts.
* “On The Set Of Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”-A look at the production design and a couple sets.

August 15, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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