The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Thursday, 09 July 2020

The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Keep calm and do prison yoga.

  • Starring:

    Elodie Yung, Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Richard E. Grant, Salma Hayek, Michael Gor, Dijarn Campbell, Rod Hallett

  • Directed by:

    Patrick Hughes

  • Running time:

    118 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People get shot, kicked, elbowed, headlocked, smacked, pursued, tied up, pistol-whipped, thrown into an industrial rubbish bin, head-slammed, handcuffed, headbutted, ambushed, hit by objects, blasted/thrown through the air, arm-snapped, kneed, held at gunpoint, stabbed, near-drowned, throat-grabbed, flipped, glassed, thrown overboard, knocked into a canal, hit by a car, tortured, electrocuted, hooded, slashed, thrown through windscreen, shoulder-charged, hit by truck, axed, nail-gunned, lassoed with chain, near-choked, held up against wall, headlocked, pushed from a roof onto car. A man is forced to watch his wife and child being executed (shot), a preacher is shot in front of his child, a man's head is forced on to a hamburger grill, a dictator orders a village to be slaughtered (see bodies on ground in front of firing squak/bodies in pit). Explosions, burning debris/vehicles/objects. Reckless driving (vehicles/boat), vehicle rollovers, stealing cars, car chases, car drives through busy cafe, cars/motorcycles rammed, cars/bicycles fall into canal, car rear-ended, boats sideswiped/split in half, car set on fire, truck rams bollards/flips into crowd, helicopter crashes into building. Shootout/fight at a funeral, street/bar fights. Trashed office, house searched/trashed, objects smashed. A wall painting shows a man being stabbed in the neck. A man jumps/falls off a roof and hits scaffolding on the way to the ground. Genocide, executed for treason, ethnic cleansing, war zone, prison shank, dioxin poisoning, skin you like a cat, killed over 250 people, preacher shot then body left on display on church altar mentioned. Screaming, mass panic, yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Dead bodies (one with head caught in elevator doors, one with blade protruding from chest, coffin in casket, etc). Bloody faces/leg/feet/hand/ear/clothing/gashes/bullet wounds/objects; blood spatter/spray, pooling blood, smeared blood, bleeding, bag of blood (IV drip). Burning man. A man removes a bullet from his very bloody leg. A crowd of injured people are treated after a truck is deliberately driven into them then explodes. Bubbled/scarred skin (chloracne), limping, nail protruding/removed from forehead. Bandages. Coffin knocked over (corpse inside). [Wife] chopped off ear and sewed it back on, severed carotid artery mentioned.


    Kissing, butt-grabbing. Cleavage, women in lingerie (prostitutes/sex workers), bondage gear in background, shirtless man. Child's toy up wife's bottom mentioned.


    Drugs (swallowing pills). Cocaine, exploded bags of heroin mentioned. Alcohol (hip flask, beer, shots, champagne).


    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling (animals, d*ck, monster, b*tch, useless, puta, pure evil, murderer, coffin-magnet, terrible, sociopaths, d*ckhead, assassin, eavesdropper, stupid, alcoholic, cucaracha, whore, wicked, pussy, child, etc). Religious references (nuns, Jesus sticker, etc) and exclamations (Jesus, thank God, Jesus Christ, Christ, God's wishes, go with God, the Bible says, goddamit, etc). Obscene hand and finger gestures.


    Protection services, contract killing, Interpol, exes, rivals, grudges, revenge, rules, forgiveness, corruption, interrogation, torture, confession, dictators, mercenaries, witnesses, unlikely partners.


    Airport, court, prison, hospital, church, funeral settings. Father in prison, kidnapped daughter mentioned. Helicopters, plane, firecrackers, thunder, lightning. Cows, sheep, blackbirds. Urination, bottle of urine, fart. Taxidermy head/antlers on wall, grilling hamburgers. Brief subtitles (Japanese, French, Russian, Dutch languages).


    Delightful, ridiculous, screwball, wild, hilarious, profane, entertaining, diverting, brainless, fun, cartoonish. Terrific chemistry between likeable/charming leads, committed/game/snappy/fearless performances, immersive/frenetic visuals, some memorable moments (scene where Darius met Sonia/canal chase).


    Overlong, repetitive, generic, predictable, half-assed. Stale action, mediocre set pieces, not quite over-the-top enough, some uninspired dialogue, some lazy screenwriting, underwritten characters, weak female roles, cookie-cutter plot, fake-looking CGI, pedestrian direction, too many endings.

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