The Hitman's Bodyguard: What You Need To Know
With plenty of guns, fights, stunts and the odd international war criminal thrown in for good version, The Hitman's Bodyguard is as action-packed as they come and after blasting its way onto cinema screens earlier this year, the film arrives in stores on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K this week. Here's everything you need to know...
Who's in it?
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson lead a cast which also includes Salma Hayek, Gary Oldman, Richard E. Grant and Élodie Yung.
And who's directing?
Patrick Hughes, the man behind films such as Red Hill and The Expendables 3, is the one in the director's chair here.
What's the plot?
Reynolds takes on the role of Michael Bryce, a former CIA agent turned private bodyguard for hire. Bryce is considered the world's best until he is hired to protect a Japanese arms dealer named Takashi Kurosawa, a job that goes awry when Kurosawa is killed by a bullet through an aeroplane window just as Bryce and his charge are about to take off for safety. With his reputation in tatters, Bryce is forced to make a living protecting corporate executives in London.
Two years later, a brutal former dictator of Belarus named Vladislav Dukhovich (Oldman) is about begin his trial for war crimes at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, but with an army of mercenaries busy taking out any witnesses that might be able to testify against him, the prosecutors are gradually seeing any chance of convicting him slip through their fingers. Their last hope is Darius Kincaid (Jackson), a notorious hitman currently serving a prison sentence at a maximum security prison in Manchester. With Kincaid's wife Sonia (Hayek) serving her own sentence in an Amsterdam prison, Kincaid agrees to testify against Dukhovich in exchange for her release.
Interpol arrange for Kincaid to be transported to The Hague and assign the task to one of their agents, Amelia Roussel, who also happens to be Bryce's ex-girlfriend. A motorcade comprised of officers from British and French armed police officers is arranged to move Kincaid to the Netherlands, but the convoy is ambushed and everyone except Kincaid and Roussel are killed.
Roussel realises that the only way Dukhovich's men could have known about the convoy is through an informant on the inside and, not knowing who to trust, turns to Bryce, persuading him to help protect Kincaid and get him to The Hague.
However, Bryce and Kincaid don't exactly hit it off: it turns out that the pair have a history and when Bryce discovers that Kincaid was also the man responsible for Kurosawa's death he almost walks out on the job, but when they are attacked again by Dukhovich's mercenaries he has a change of heart and sets about the dangerous task of getting Kincaid to the court in time for the trial.
Does it deliver?
With lots of high-octane action scenes, plenty of explosions and as many dust-ups as you could possibly squeeze into a two-hour film, there's certainly plenty to enjoy here for action movie fans. The Hitman's Bodyguard isn't really breaking any new ground and while the plot is a little on the thin side, the on-screen chemistry between Reynolds and Jackson keeps the movie engaging throughout and with shedloads of impressive stunts and a never-ending supply of gags – not to mention an impressive supporting cast – it's a film well worth watching if you're keen on action films with an espionage twist.
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