– By Mark Glass –
THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD has all the first-rate action and humor of Deadpool without needing to know superhero lore to get the jokes.
After many films, the first time I truly enjoyed a Ryan Reynolds performance was in last year’s hilarious spoof of all things Marvel and superheroesque, DEADPOOL. He delivered sarcastic throwaway lines with the deftness of Robert Downey, Jr., while handling all the heavy lifting for a perfect mix of action and laughs. If you similarly enjoyed the tone and pace of that one, this action comedy among mere, yet talented in their own lethal way, mortals will land right in your wheelhouse. In fact, it may be accessible to a wider range of viewers, since there aren’t a slew of jokes geared towards those who best know the comics and movies DEADPOOL was gigging.
Samuel L. Jackson co-stars as the eponymous contract killer Interpol is trying to move from England to the Hague to testify against the genocidal maniac who massacred many of his countrymen while running an Eastern Bloc country. Since Jackson is the only known, credible witness, legions of the despot’s minions, including a mole or two among the Good Guys, kn ow more than they should about Jackson’s location and routes. Highly-skilled thugs, armed to the teeth and deployed per the insider info make the trek to the trial seem impossible.
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