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Reviews for June 16th, 2021

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

Directed by Patrick Hughes

      Stripped of his AAA rating, bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) takes a vacation in Capri where Sonia (Salma Hayek) finds him and hires him to rescue her husband, Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), who's been kidnapped by the mafia.  Bobby O'Neill (Frank Grillo), an interpol agent, wants Michael, Darisu and Sonia to stop a billionaire, Aristotle Papadopolous (Antonio Banderas), from his evil plans to destroy a power grid.

       The plot of Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard makes very little sense which is acceptable because the screenplay by Tom O'Connor, Brandon Murphy and Phillip Murphy doesn't take itself too seriously. It's not afraid to be bonkers, dumb and campy while blending action and dark comedy. The action sequences are over-the-top and throw plausibility and realism out the window. Who's looking for realism in a B-movie anyway? This is a B-movie that's unashamed of being a loud and shallow B-movie. There's some witty one-liners, thrills and twists along the way which won't be spoiled here. It's a lot of fun if you're willing to check your brain at the door and suspend your disbelief while laughing at the outrageous action scenes, dark comedy and tongue-in-cheek humor that makes for a wild, enormously entertaining, exhilarating ride.

      Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek and Samuel L. Jackson have great chemistry together and show off their comedic timing. Everyone seems to be having a lot of fun in their roles, no matter how big or small they are. Morgan Freeman and Richard E. Grant briefly show up as well and make the most of their scenes. You'll also find some beautiful scenery as the film jumps from one location to the next as though it were a James Bond movie---and it's not ashamed to poke fun at that comparison either. The pace moves quickly, so there's rarely a dull moment, and--best of all--the running time is only 1 hour and 39 minutes, so it doesn't become too exhausting like the upcoming, equally bonkers F9 which clocks at 2 hours and 25 minutes. Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard is a sizzling, explosively funny and rousing action comedy. It's unapologetically outrageous, over-the-top and mindless fun. 

Number of times I checked my watch: 1
Released by Lionsgate.
Opens nationwide.