The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is the sequel to the riveting Hitman’s Bodyguard 2017 film. Michael Bryce is a professional bodyguard that loses his high ranking when a client is killed that he was protecting. Years later he is offered a chance to reclaim his status, but must protect his nemesis, hitman Darius Kincaid, so that he can testify for Interpol. The rest of the film is a flurry of bullets, swearing, and crazy hijinks as Michael tries to keep his last hope of redemption alive.
Now one of the good things that I can say about the sequel is that you can enjoy it even if you have never seen the first film. In fact, I was sitting next to a lovely couple in the movie theater who had not seen the first movie, yet they laughed as much as I did during the film. That within itself is a great thing because most sequels rely heavily on the original film to the point that without seeing it you would be lost. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard starts off with Michael working with a therapist and deciding to take a sabbatical from guns/killing. He goes on vacation to escape all the pressures of life and losing his triple A security ranking because surely a vacation will change all that. Shortly after arriving at his destination, he is grabbed by Sonia Kincaid to help her find her husband that has been kidnapped. They rescue Darius but find themselves wrapped up in a plan to save all of Europe while still trying to get Michael his triple A ranking back. To be honest that is the entire plot of the movie. It was short, sweet, and to the point.
In my opinion this was a rare instance where the sequel was as good as the original movie. The plot is average at best; however, it is the characters that really bring it to life. Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson, and Salma Hayek have an amazing on-screen chemistry that makes the entire movie much better. The way that they interact with one another feels organic. We are no strangers to Reynolds and Jackson’s vulgar language, but Hayek jumped right in as though she was waiting her whole life for this moment. It is kind of magical in a very twisted way. If you are looking for a movie with an intense plot, fully developed characters, and a heart-felt ending this is not the film for you slick. If, in the midst of Covid, you want a movie that you can relax and vibe to then this is the one. You will be able to sit back, chill, and enjoy a movie that does not make you think too hard. On top of that it is a bloody film for those that enjoy their action with a little bit of blood splatter. When all is said and done, I recommend checking out the Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard to have a little fun this summer.