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Reviews for March 26th, 2021


Directed by Ilya Naishuller

      Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) leads a routine life as an accountant with two kids, Blake (Gage Munroe) and Abby (Paisley Cadorath), and a wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen). Everything changes after two men invade his home one night, stealing money along with some items including Abby's kitty-cat bracelet. Hutch seeks revenge against the home invaders who stole the kitty-cat bracelet. He gets into trouble after beating up a bunch of guys on a bus who harass a young woman. Those guys happen to be part of a gang with a tough mobster Yulian Kuznetsov (Alexsey Serebraykov).  

      The screenplay by Derek Kolstad cuts right to the chase by shortening the first act with a clever montage of Hutch's daily life before getting right to the meat of the story: the home invasion that serves as a catalyst for Hutch's revenge. The action scenes are both well-choreographed and wildly entertaining. If you try to pick the plot apart and make sense of any of it, you'll be disappointed. The expositional scenes which include some flashbacks are a bit lazely written with some over-explaining, although, admittedly, Hutch's backstory is necessary. Also, the relationship between Hutch and his wife and kids remain underexplored---they're sort of a throwaway part of the plot. Very little that happens feels plausible, but that's forgivable because all that Nobody is trying to be is a slick, exciting B-movie. It rarely takes itself seriously and, when it does, briefly, it's not that compelling. Worry not, though, because the rest of the film is action-packed, over-the-top and often wickedly funny much like John Wick and Free Fire. As Hitchcock once wisely stated, some films are meant to be a slice-of-life while others are a slice-of-cake. Nobody is proud to be the latter.

      Bob Odenkirk is very well-cast as Hutch because he makes a believable family man-turned-action hero. He's got great comedic timing when delivering some of the funny one-liners with some deadpan acting. The real scene-stealer, though, is Christopher Lloyd as Hutch's father. More scenes with him would've been great because he's a lot of fun to watch. It's also worth mentioning the director Ilya Naishuller's use of music which adds to the movie's amusing bizarreness, i.e. during the action scenes set to slow-motion. At a lean running time of just 1 hour and 32 minutes, Nobody is a wildly entertaining ride that's unapologetically outrageous, campy and wickedly funny. If you're looking for just pure, mindless escapism, look no futher

Number of times I checked my watch: 2
Released by Universal Pictures.
Opens in theaters nationwide.

The Seventh Day

Directed by Justin P. Lange


Number of times I checked my watch: 4
Released by Vertical Entertainment.
Opens in select theaters.

Shoplifters of the World

Directed by Stephen Kijak


Number of times I checked my watch: 4
Released by RLJE Films.
Opens on VOD and at Quad Cinema.