The action-comedy, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard kind of misses the mark. This R-rated movie is overly violent and bloody, mostly revolving around gunfights and car chases. It seems to lack coherence, and the jokes lack coherence. In a scene near the end of the movie, Ryan Reynolds bashes a man’s head against a jukebox on a yacht. Upon each strike, the machine plays a new song. The scene carries the essence of its prequel, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which, too, was highly violent. Many viewers might be uncomfortable with these scenes. After all, the movie isn’t that good that people had been expecting it to be.
While the fans of the first movie, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, might like this one, the chances are low that it would gain any new fans. The plot of the film seems unhinged, with too many characters. The director, Patrick Hughes, appears to have failed in balancing heart and violence in this movie. Ultimately, there has been a lot more action and number of characters than the actual storyline. Moreover, it would be logical for the director to take time and strengthen the storyline, rather than focussing excessively on violence and action. This way, the movie could have successfully complemented its prequel.
Samuel L. Jackson plays the role of a reckless hitman named Darius Kincaid, while Ryan Reynolds is Michel Bryce, a professional bodyguard. Unlike Kincaid, Bryce is far more careful and safer in his approach. Salma Hayek did an excellent job playing as Kincaid’s wife, with great energy. Hayek seemed to carry the same reckless and lethal spirit as her husband. Although the individual acting of all these characters has been up to the mark, the movie lacks an essential coherence when it comes to the story’s integrity. On a personal scale, all the actors have fared well.
The movie shares several similarities with its prequel, such as the scene of someone getting ejected from a car due to not wearing a seat belt, using a penknife as a weapon to kill, and the song Hello. In the first film, the leads had to safely witness the Netherlands as a testimony against a war criminal. In Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, the trio tries to save England by preventing a madman from destroying all the data and electrical infrastructure of the country.
The writers, however, do not seem to have done a great job. The vague role that Morgan Freeman received in this film seems like a waste of his skills. While Hayek, Jackson, and Reynolds possess excellent talents and have played their roles well, they seem like an unbalanced trio. Altogether, there remains scope for the fans to point out the loose ends of the story.
This movie is a Lionsgate release by director Patrick Hughes. It falls short of the expectations that the prequel had given rise to. It seems like a relatively weak attempt to recreate Hitman’s Bodyguard.