After his career hits rock bottom, a top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) finds himself in disarray. Taking on odd bodyguard jobs here and there. In the meantime, Interpol is negotiating the limited release of a highly-skilled assassin (Samuel L. Jackson) to testify in a high-caliber trial.
When — obviously — the transport gets hi-jacked, Reynolds is brought in to keep Jackson safe and deliver him to the trial before time runs out.
This movie is ripe with action from the very beginning. And I have to say, getting this and “Atomic Blonde” in one summer is a gem. The action was nonstop. And, as usual, Jackson was prime in his role. At first, I thought he was an unlikely candidate for an assassin, but in scenes where he had to prove his muster, he delivered.
The pairing of Reynolds and Jackson was comedic gold. Reynolds’ character was very straight laced, whereas Jackson was wild and unpredictable. As the movie went on, you could see the uptight nature of Reynolds get chipped away by Jackson’s persistence and somewhat jovial outlook on life. Seriously, to be an assassin he seemed to rather enjoy himself, even while being shot at. And that was the magic of what he brought to his character.
There's also some great acting from Gary Oldman, who kind of terrified me with his role. He was convincing and engaging as a dictatorial leader with no conscious.
I give this a 'B'. And the ONLY reason it didn't get an 'A' is because there is some terrible green screen mishap in one particular scene, and I couldn't tell if it was on purpose or just a bad editing job.
It's worth a trip to see this. Prepare for continuous laughter in the theater.