Lamar reviews - The Hitman's Bodyguard

September 1, 2017

I had a tough decision to make between two movies.  Logan Lucky and The Hitman’s Bodyguard.  Both trailers looked hilarious.  Logan Lucky has Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Daniel Craig robbing The Charlotte Motor Speedway during the World 600.  I laughed every time I watched the trailer.  I actually picked Logan Lucky because of Daniel Craig doing the ridiculous southern accent.  Come on!  The good Lord knows we really don’t talk like that, but it’s fun to watch. But I barely laughed.  It’s not that the movie wasn’t good, it was.  Very cleverly written, good plot twists, excellent acting, and I knew what they were trying for, it just wasn’t very funny.  That being said it’s still a good movie and you should see it.  So I decided to see Hitman’s Bodyguard because I also expected it to be funny.  I was not disappointed!  I mean really, with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson playing characters that hate each other in an action movie how could they go wrong?

The formula is familiar.  The two start out on opposite sides hating each other’s guts and over time develop a grudging respect, and wind up saving each other’s lives. 

This was actually supposed to be a drama but they re-wrote it as a comedy a few weeks before they started filming.


Ryan Reynolds plays Michael Bryce who runs a super successful AAA-rated protection agency who has never lost a client.  Then he does.  Two years later he is scrapping the bottom of the barrel and barely getting by until he gets a call from ex-girlfriend Interpol agent Amelia who needs his help.  She is trying to keep a witness alive until he testifies against a despicable dictator played by Gary Oldman.  That witness is Darius Kincaid, played by Sam Jackson, who happens to have tried to kill Michael 28 times.  Everyone is trying to kill them and the action is off the chain.  I do have one complaint.  Of course there is an inside mole at Interpol.  As soon as you see him you will know.  Honestly instead saying Interpol his bulletproof vest should have read Mole.  If you don’t spot this immediately you should leave the theater because you don’t deserve the fun that is coming your way.  Go on home and watch a lifetime movie where you evidently will NOT guess the killer in the first 3 minutes.  Don’t take this personally, we all have different skills. 

Take me for instance.  For the life of me I can’t work the golf tee puzzle on the table at the Cracker Barrel.  The best I can do is have 2 tees left.


The best surprise in the movie is Salma Hayek as Kincaid’s girlfriend Sonia.  If you divide her screen time by the cuss words she actually has more per minute than he does and he lets it rip 120 times.  But let’s be honest when it comes to his signature word nobody is more creative than he is.  With his voice inflection and the situation he can be threatening, complementary, amazed, excited, and just about any other emotion you can think of.  And make no mistake Ryan Reynolds holds his own so don’t take your kids, or your mama.


118 minutes, Rated-R for bloody violence and language.


Great action and a fantastic chase scene in Amsterdam.  The chemistry between Reynolds and Jackson is awesome and everybody winds up having a good time.


This will tide us over until Deadpool 2 comes out.

My Score: 5 Ice Cold Budweisers

Lamar reviews - The hitman's bodyguard

Samuel said it again!