The Hitman’s Bodyguard—Unexpectedly Romantic

The Hitman's Bodyguard
The Hitman’s Bodyguard

The Hitman’s Bodyguard, directed by Patrick Hughes, stars Samuel L. Jackson as the hitman and Ryan Reynolds as the bodyguard. Michael Bryce (Reynold’s character) is contacted by his ex-girlfriend, Interpol Agent Amelia Roussel, after a mission to transport a witness goes horribly wrong. She asks Michael to protect hitman Kincaid and take him to The Hague so he can testify against a genocidal dictator. It’s more fun that it sounds.

1—Great Chemistry

The chemistry between Jackson and Reynolds is great. Kincaid has tried to kill Reynolds in the past but that’s quickly set aside for the mission. Rather, uptight, has-a-plan-for-everything Bryce and…I wouldn’t call Kincaid laid-back, precisely. More that he just goes with the flow of life while ending the lives of others. Anyway, they spark off each other and bicker throughout the whole movie. It’s great.

Kincaid also helps Bryce with his love-life along the way, and Kincaid’s motive for testifying is to get a pardon for his wife Sonia, played hilariously by Salma Hayek, with whom he is thoroughly smitten.

2—Great Action Scenes Set to Great Music

The action scenes in the movie, many of which are car chases (with some motorcycles) are often set to great songs, the names of which I do not remember. The action scenes start at the beginning of the movie and keep ramping up throughout. One of my favorite was a quieter one though, where Kincaid walks down a street and the people trying to kill him disappear into bushes and suchlike behind him, thanks to Bryce.


Much of the humor comes from the aforementioned bickering between Bryce and Kincaid. But there’s also a lot of physicality to the humor, like when a car catches on fire and the the guns in the trunk all go off, which then cause another car to explode (a lot of cars explode in this movie). I think my all-time favorite moment though is when Bryce, who has insisted on both he and Kincaid wearing seatbelts every time they get into a car except this once, goes flying through a windshield (and rebounding back up onto his feet) just as he’s about to declare his love to Amelia.


This was a fun and funny movie, with moments of deeper emotion (seriously, the genocidal dictator I mentioned is bad news). There’s a huge body count and a ton of swearing. So not for kids or the weak of constitution, but if this sounds like something you’d find amusing, give it a shot.

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