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The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

Duration1h 58m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: PG, Denmark 
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorPatrick Hughes
Writers/ScriptTom O’Connor
StarringElodie Yung, Ryan Reynolds, Richard E. Grant, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson,  Salma Hayek, 
RatingsIMDb: 6.9 by 214k people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 43% by 226 reviewers. Review2View: 5/10

Elevator Pitch: Amelia Rousell, an Interpol Agent, calls on her ex, Michael Bryce, a professional bodyguard, to escort a hit man to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, where he has agreed to give evidence against a dictator accused of crimes against humanity. They start off in UK even then attacked in a variety of ways by an army of armed assailants. They cross the channel to Amsterdam where the attacks continue. Despite the fact that the two, after initial hostility, have gained mutual respect and have learnt to work together can, Kincaid, the hit man be delivered to the court in time to give evidence?

Content: No sex or nudity although Michael and Amelia rub up against each other to the tune of “Show me What Love Is”. There are attacks on the street from many men armed with machine guns, riding in black Ranger Rovers. A Bondian set piece when Kincaid escapes in a speed boat on the Amsterdam canals. A number of explosions as cars are blown up, and more hand to hand fights and more gunfights with automatic weapons.

A View: Reynolds and Jackson can do this stuff standing on their heads, although the script did not require them to go that far. The sheer number of black clad assailants was difficult to accept. Who has that sort of international resources?  But it sailed along pretty painlessly. My wife, who is Spanish, objected to the stereotyped hysterical Hispanic role played by Selma Hayek, but other than that it went long OK. You could have it on while doing your knitting. 

As a genre it is probable that the action comedy was initiated by Die Hard in 1988. There are many others, but here is a selection: Last Man Standing, Bad Boys and Mr & Mrs Smith .

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