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The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Everyone’s out to get them… if they don’t kill each other first. 

Year: 2017 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Patrick Hughes 
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman 
An image from The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Review:

Crime, comedy and chaos ensue in Patrick Hughes’ new film The Hitman’s Bodyguard. The film follows Ryan Reynolds as a leading protection agent charged with the important (and yet ever challenging) task of keeping his new client, the infamously brutal hitman (Samuel L Jackson), out of harm’s way. With an end destination of reaching The International Court of Justice, the pair battle the antics of a ruthless European dictator (Gary Oldman), each other’s conflicting personalities and even their respective difficulties in the realm of romance.

In this fast-paced action comedy, A-lister’s Jackson and Reynolds do not compete for the spotlight but rather, complement each other’s styles to create a somewhat unexpected but contagious comedic dynamic and the film certainly delivers in terms of fusing adventure with off-kilter humour as well as enjoyably nostalgic comedy clichés.

Thanks to the seamless integration of laughs and suspense, the film epitomises the light-hearted action-comedy genre with the added bonuses of impressive cinematography, adrenaline-pumping stunt work and a range of diverse scenery; giving it all the necessary ingredients for a crowd favourite.

With its captivating story-line, comedic energy and undeniable originality in style, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a breath of fresh air from the commonly serious action film without losing its excitement. As such, the film is certainly not one to be missed and it absolutely won’t leave you feeling bored or unfulfilled!

Alice Stobbs

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Screenings of this film:

2017/2018 Autumn Term (digital)