When the first trailer for The Hitman’s Bodyguard debuted, people at first seemed to take it as a joke (largely due to the usage of “I Will Always Love You”) only to realize that, no, this was a real movie about to release in 2017. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, the film manages to be an entertaining two-hour romp despite not doing anything really new or particularly memorable for the action film genre.
The story follows a freelance special protection agent, Michael Bryce (Reynolds), who experiences a fall from grace after one of his high-profile clients is killed off. Years later, Bryce is brought in to help covertly escort a notorious contract killer, Darius Kincaid (Jackson), across Europe so that he can testify at the International Court of Justice against Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), the brutal dictator of Belarus. Kincaid was originally to be escorted by a group of Interpol agents, but a mole within Interpol gave away his location, leading to Bryce and Kincaid being pursued by Dukhovich’s team of mercenaries throughout the film.