The Hitman's Bodyguard

Film, Action and adventure
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
The Hitman's Bodyguard

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson coast through a silly action comedy with charm

Ryan Reynolds is a bodyguard assigned to protect Samuel L Jackson’s hitman: as action-comedy premises go, it’s not a bad one. Both actors have impressive form in the genre and a winning way with a wisecracking one-liner.

Michael Bryce (Reynolds) is a down-on-his luck hard-drinking bodyguard – or an ‘executive protection agent’ as he puts it. He soon sobers up when he gets roped into escorting a notorious hitman, Darius Kincaid (a classic Jackson moniker if ever there was one), from prison in the UK to the International Court of Justice to give evidence. The two are arch-enemies, so there’s plenty of in-fighting, backbiting and ‘motherfucking’ as they tumble across Europe in a series of vehicles, dodging henchmen and trying to get to the trial in one piece.

All that’s decent fun, as is Salma Hayek as Kincaid’s foul-mouthed wife, though other roles are less well filled. French actress Elodie Yung looks uncomfortable as Bryce’s Interpol agent ex, while Gary Oldman is hammy in the thankless role of an Eastern European dictator. His crimes ­– the subject of an equally unconvincing trial – sit uneasily with the comedic tone. ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ is not exactly killing it, but coasts on the charisma of its central stars.

By: Anna Smith



Release details

Release date:
Thursday August 17 2017
118 mins

Cast and crew

Patrick Hughes
Tom O'Connor
Samuel L Jackson
Ryan Reynolds
Gary Oldman
Elodie Yung

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3 out of 5 stars

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What a silly film. Without the names attached, I could see this never getting made. That's not to say it's bad but it certainly is mediocre. Samuel L Jackson plays, well, Samuel L Jackson, Ryan Reynolds gets to be a bit more low key than usual and Selma Hayek a handful of great scenes. 

It is what it is. A paint by numbers, easy watching, atypical Hollywood action movie. It might make you roll your eyes, it might put a grin all over your face. Watch at your own peril.


The trailer really catches my attention and I was expecting a really action packed and funny film. Unfortunately, the trailer is way better than the film. I would put this on my Sunday afternoon list of films I watch when I want to have a siesta.


The poster and trailer made this seem like a real one-to-watch, pitching it as a quasi-parody of the Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner 90s 'classic'. The end result is just disappointing. The gags aren't funny enough, the plot/story has some truly odd moments, stereotyping is relied upon far too heavily and then there's the performances. Reynolds and Jackson are on total autopilot, barely engaging with what's at hand, and Salma Hayek is totally wasted. Smarmy and not as good as it could/should have been. 


What an enjoyable movie.... First let me start off by saying.... Samuel L Jackson's agent is the best in this universe. That man is in every movie ever made!!!!!! But he never disappoints which is why I continue to watch them.

This movie was funny,action packed and full of fun... Not too intense but enough action to pacify a thrill seeker. Loved loved loved it!


This film has been advertised for a while now, and it’s got two amazing actors in it – Ryan Reynolds, who is hilarious, and Samuel L. Jackson, who is very good at molding himself to whatever role he takes on.

The film takes you on a journey with Reynolds, as he acts as a protection agent to some of the richest people in the world…..until one of his clientele gets shot in the head as he’s about to head back to Japan.

Reynolds is then recruited by his (gorgeous) ex-girlfriend, Amelia Roussel, to protect Darius Kincaid – a notorious hitman, who’s in jail, but is being transported to Amsterdam to help overthrow the evil leader of Belarus.

Ryan Reynolds has the perfect amount of comic timing, and Samuel L. Jackson does his best at being evil (but good at the same time!).

Salma Hayek is hilarious as Jackson’s wife, the imprisoned Sonia Kilcaid, and there are a couple of laugh out loud moments which take place in her prison cell.

Overall, the film is definitely worth a watch. There’s enough comedy, teamed with action and love.


Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson play the bodyguard and hitman respectively. Reynolds formerly holds a prestigious triple A rating as an exemplary bodyguard but one slip and he loses it along with his dignity. Foul-mouthed Kincaid (Jackson) needs protection in order to reach The Hague for a pretty important court hearing. It seems half the world is after his skin. And so the two men are paired. This action comedy lives up to its genre. Both characters are likeable chappies despite the language. There are some good one-liners and plenty of action. Jackson is a versatile actor and whatever he turns his hand to, he does it well. This film is not a waste of your time.