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The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Movie Review: Shut it Down

Article by Oliver Nash
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Posted: July 01, 2021  

The Rundown

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is a 2021 American action comedy film directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor and Brandon and Phillip Murphy.

The film is a sequel to the 2017 film The Hitman’s Bodyguard and features Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, and Richard E. Grant reprising their roles, with Frank Grillo, Tom Hopper, Antonio Banderas, and Morgan Freeman joining the cast.

In the film, suspended bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) must once again team up with hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson) and his wife (Hayek) to stop a madman (Banderas) from launching a terror attack on Europe.

The Review

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard joins the list of sequels that should be assassinated with no witnesses left to tell the tale of its existence. The two-hour long flick, with a rather baffling title, fails to deliver across major movie metrics in its genre – defending its honor would be a waste of word count.

The R-rated action-comedy movie’s shelf life at the box office is, however, saved by its star-studded cast and well-choreographed action scenes. The trio manages to make a shoddy script and some lame jokes actually funny.

But still, both Jackson and Freeman’s roles are largely underrated, and Reynolds remains the low-budget version of John Wick.

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is projected to be bigger than its predecessor but definitely not better.

The Hits

Dark humor and action-packed scenes are its best elements.

Reynolds, Hayek and Jackson’s star power.

The Misses

Lame delivery of would be humorous punchlines.

The trio’s chemistry is not the best, but is manageable.

There is no room for emotional investment in this film.

OMG Moment

The “new” addition to the family will leave you speechless, literally.

If you want to watch it, you can get your tickets on KenyaBuzz.

Movie Courtesy of Westgate Cinema

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