The Hitman’s Bodyguard (NC16)
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson
Directed by Patrick Hughes
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson make a dynamite odd couple: the former is a disgraced protection agent trying to restore his AAA service rating, and the latter is the contract killer he has to escort from Manchester to The Hague in 27 hours to testify against an Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman revisiting his Air Force One days).
It’s a very ‘90s buddy/road flick, which I suspect was probably written around that time as well. Reynolds and Jackson’ sweary banter is a lot of fun, enlivening the old-school car chases and workmanlike shoot-outs and a draggy third act. That said, lawyers at Marvel Studios should look at pairing Deadpool and Nick Fury in a one-off adventure stat. (***)