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TRAILER REACTION: “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”

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From 20th Century Fox comes a comedy film that I personally can not wait to enjoy, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”. The third trailer for this action-packed film was released just in time for Memorial Day weekend and after seeing the first couple of trailers, this one truly delves into the hilarity and plot that we will see play out when the film hits theaters this August. Naturally I took a deeper look at what we can expect and broke down the trailer in anticipation for the movie.

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The trailer begins with the immediate introduction of protection agent Michael Bryce, played by Ryan Reynolds. Bryce is shown to be a complete badass whose profession makes him a highly skilled bodyguard of sorts. We get a sense for his cool demeanor and sense of dry and sarcastic humor, reminiscent of Reynolds other characters like “Deadpool”, which seems to be a stereotype for an actor who only found new life for his career in the last few years with that same persona. It’s a great way to immediately introduce the audience to who Bryce is and what kind of performance we can expect from Reynolds. We know what we’re getting and the trailer doesn’t hold back from telling us “this is Reynolds doing what he does best and if you like that you’ll love this”.

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Next we get our first look at the villain, using a newscasting overlay to explain that Gary Oldman’s Vladislav Dukhivich, a dictator, is being charged by the International Court of Justice for his crimes against humanity. Oldman, who seems to be able to delve into ANY role given to him, looks devious yet calm as he stands before some of the most powerful individuals in the world awaiting his fate, but as the trailer quickly tells us, his fate is tied to a man who will become Michael Bryce’s unwilling client for the duration of the film.

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That man is Darius Kincaid, played by Samuel L. Jackson, whose name even says he’s a badass. Honestly it’s one of those character names meant to make someone sound tough and rough. We get a few moments of character building for Kincaid, especially when he headbutts an officer who claims to be prepared for “any assault” then asks him “prepared for that assault?” Obviously Kincaid is a badass and a no-rules, “go screw yourself” kind of guy. Basically, like Reynolds, we’re going to see Jackson play a role he has made a career playing and, also like Reynold’s character, the trailer basically once again tells us we know what we’re getting and if you like it, you’ll love this.

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Then the action starts and the story we will see begins to take shape. Dukhivich is revealed to have hired hitmen to take out Kincaid, blowing up the convoy transporting him to the International Court of Justice. Kincaid escapes the carnage, along with Elodie Yung’s Amelia Ryder, an Interpol agent. It’s her that calls Michael Bryce to bring him in for the job, and when Bryce and Kincaid meet we learn the two are very familiar with each other.

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Immediately the two engage in combat, finding themselves to be a match for each other, and Bryce reveals that Kincaid has tried to kill him MANY times before. This establishes that what we are going to see are two enemies forced to get along when one is hired to protect the other. The situation itself is something that has been explored many times in film and here we will hopefully see two of cinema’s most sarcastic character actors play well off of each other as they now are forced to get along.

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After a few action shots we get our first look at Selma Hayek as Kincaid’s wife, Sonia, who is apparently just as much a badass as he is. It’s a interesting chose of actress for the role because while Hayek has played badass characters before, she is not necessarily known for such roles making this a relatively unique role for her in contrast to her co-stars who are playing roles they pretty much take on in 90 percent of their films. Considering her husband is a skilled hitman himself, and she knows it, it will be interesting, and hopefully a lot of fun, to see how Sonia Kincaid holds her own in a fight and stands up for her husband and against those who want to do him wrong. The trailer doesn’t really tell us the deeper role she may play in the story, but it does show us signs of her ability to hold her own in a fight, and she WILL have to fight.

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A few more action shots and comedic moment later we hear Agent Ryder admit that she believes both Bryce and Kincaid are in good hands with each other, but knows that if they don’t make it to their destination it’s probably because they killed each other. This is accompanied by Bryce punching Kincaid right in the mouth and a fade to the two of them riding along with a group of nuns, with Kincaid singing along while Bryce seems to be wondering “what in the world brought me to this point in my life”. It’s a great presentation of the contrast of these two characters, one careless and worry free and the other all business and disturbed by having to deal with a man he despises. You can almost here the voice in Bryce’s head saying “God I wish I could shoot you right now”.

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And then we get more action, because this trailer needs to keep reminding you that we’re going to get plenty of it, along with a rather amusing look at Bryce’s skills as he chokes a man with a chain and tries to convince a bystander to hand him a gun so he can finish the job. This is the first time we really get to see Bryce in the middle of a major fight and it shows that he is struggling, but can hold his own as a trained warrior. We get shots of Kincaid escaping on a boat while Bryce provides cover fire against a pursuing vehicle and, of course, explosions galore. I can only assume they used a lot of pyrotechnics in this film because this is one of several explosions that show off the hopeful fun this film will provide. We also get a few shots of Sonia Kincaid and Dukhivich in action, the later shot appearing to show the villain making an escape from the International Court of Justice, which could explain how he is able to organize the hit as he appears to escape custody. We get mayhem, car chases, pretty much everything you’d want from a garden variety action film.

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This is all compliment by ANOTHER explosion scene showing the contrast between these two men once again as they are shown facing off with an unknown assailant and the old “shoots before three” cliché comes into play.

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The final shot shows the two men having exited the van with the nuns and Bryce gives one more jab at the quality of a man that Kincaid is, seeing a he’s a cold blooded killer…and Kincaid wears that like a badge of honor.

Overall I’m actually VERY excited about this film. It grabbed me from the moment I saw the first trailer and while it may only end up being a garden variety action flick at best, the comedy genre alone needs a bit of a boost in 2017 and this could be the perfect film to give moviegoers something to enjoy. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is set for release on August 18. Let me know what you think of this upcoming film and view the trailer below.

 

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