Louis Turfrey gives us a quick review of the newly released movie staring Ryan Reynolds, Elodie Yung, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman.
There are two things that happen when Ryan Reynolds is involved in a movie. Either it is good, or it is bad. The same can be said of Samuel L. Jackson. However, when these two get together it becomes a riot of wit, action and moments of pure genius. Could this be why this is at it’s second week at number one in the US box office as I write this?
The story is simple. One bad guy, Darius (Jackson), is called upon to testify against another bad guy, Dukhovich (Oldman), in order to free his wife Sonia played by the great Salma Hayek. In the process everything goes tits up, so Reynolds character, (Bryce), is called in to help by his ex girlfriend, Amelia (Yung), to get the notorious hitman to his trial. Only one problem, Bryce hates Darius and Darius is not too fond of Bryce. Got it? Good.
Now you might at this point be cursing me for revealing the plot, but to be honest if you haven’t already got the plot from the films title and the trailers by now then you haven’t been paying attention.
This is not a masterpiece of cinema in the style of Kurosawa, but it is a damn good fun action movie that teams two of the best action stars of the Marvel Universe in a non related but generally good kick ass adventure – with different characters of course. There are some great set pieces, some believable rivalry and an enmity that starts to disappear throughout the movie as the two main characters are forced to work together to survive.
Oldman cruises his role, and really doesn’t have to try to do other than create a cartoon style villain. However, that’s all that his role requires. Reynolds is on fire as the bodyguard with a grudge and Jackson plays for keeps as the hit man who believes that without love, what is the point? Elodie Jung plays a less violent more cerebral role than her other Netflix outings, (did I mention this is a Netflix movie), but she still has a place as the Interpol cop that trusts her instincts rather than her department.
This is a no-brainer, Saturday afternoon movie. It never pretends to be anything other than what it is, and with Reynolds at the helm it’s fun and full of mayhem. I loved it, especially the Bond style chase through…
7/10 for fun, but not everyone will enjoy the chaos and the humour.