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Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ is the sequel to the successful 2017 action comedy ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’. That featured the considerable talents of Samuel L Jackson, Ryan Reynolds and Salma Hayek. All have featured in similar films several times, showing their versatility in-between more serious work. Whilst it may not be totally fantastic viewing, ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ is amiably silly nonsense coasting on their presence and unique comedic skills.

Bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is taking a well-earned break from protecting notorious hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L Jackson). His idyll is shattered when Darius’ wife, Sonia (Salma Hayek), appears. Rescuing Michael from an assassination attempt, Sonia tells him they must rescue her husband from certain death. Events quickly spiral out of control with powerful forces, including Greek mobster Aristotle (Antonio Banderas), who stop at nothing to obtain their prey.

‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ is classic commercial dot-to-dot film-making. It has the feel of a threadbare plot written around a litany of spectacular action sequences. Many have done this to varied success. Brain cells and acting abilities aren’t taxed with ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’, with those involved diving into their roles with the enthusiasm of receiving their next huge pay-check. Most of the time it’s a fun ride with the central performing trio clearly enjoying the increasingly outrageous antics.

The trick is whether the viewer is entertained. Most of the time ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ raises smiles and gasps at the well-staged action. It’s impossible to take the ridiculous story seriously as a sense of danger is severely lacking. What it has is a great tone of fun. Patrick Hughes directs proceedings with some flair and almost manages to keep momentum going.

Not much else can be said for ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’. It is a pure formula flick for undemanding viewers not wanting to think too much. It sets a cracking pace and generally doesn’t let up. Although it isn’t great, ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ is never dull, offering more proof of the chemistry between actors can almost make any mundane material look good.

Rating out of 10: 6

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