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THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD review

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His New Client: His Worst Enemy

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” opens as a flawless, AAA-rated executive protection agent named Michael Bryce is completing one of his jobs.  Having never lost a client, he plans-ahead and prepares for everything.  Unfortunately, this time he can’t plan for the unexpected and his client is assassinated.  Two years later, his life is in shambles.  After a leak in Interpol allows for sabotage on a hitman’s transportation to the International Court of Justice (to put-away the former president of Belarus), our protection agent’s ex-girlfriend is left on-the-run with the most notorious hitman of all time: Darius Kincaid.  With no one to trust, she calls Michael and as he arrives, we see an old rivalry reignited.  With the prospect of ending the reign of Vladislav Dukhovich, Michael and Darius must come-together to take down their enemy and get to the International Court of Justice before it’s too late or Dukhovich will walk away as a free man.

Ryan Reynolds stars as the former AAA-rated executive protection agent, Michael Bryce.  Samuel L. Jackson stars as Darius Kincaid, the most notorious hitman of all time.  Gary Oldman plays the evil former-President of Belarus on-trial for his crimes, Vladislav Dukhovich.  Élodie Yung plays Interpol agent and Michael’s ex, Amelia Roussel.  Salma Hayek plays Darius’ wife, Sonia Kincaid.  Michael Gor plays Dukhovich’s lawyer, Livitin.  Tine Joustra and Joaquim de Almeida plays two top Interpol officials, Renata Casoria and Jean Foucher.

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” struggles with action movie clichés, but it’s a fun, explosive throwback to the action buddy comedies of the ‘80s that provides plenty of laughs and entertainment!  It is abundantly clear that Ryan and Sam are having the time of their lives here.  The two form an excellent team, bouncing jokes and one-liners off each other with ease and the payoffs are great!  Reynolds is obviously trying to walk that fine line without falling into “Deadpool” territory, but keeping up with Jackson at the same time.  While only two characters, the stars that play them steal the show and carry the movie for much of its run time.  The supporting cast is strong as well, with Hayek stealing the show in her few scenes as Kincaid’s loving, but just-as-crazy wife.  The film uses its story to film some beautiful locales as well, such as Amsterdam and London that appear-beautifully on the screen.  “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” has plenty of action sequences for all to enjoy, each of them inventive and incredibly entertaining.  While the car and boat chases are extremely entertaining, it does showcase one of the film’s glaring problems.  The visual effects certainly leave more to be desired; there is a bright-hue throughout the film (which may have just been our projector) and so many of the fast-paced sequences are clearly fake.  I’m not sure if they just ran-out of money or if it’s intended for the ‘80s “feel, but it is a bit distracting at times.  The film also has some very predictable plot elements, but as the film never takes itself too seriously, it doesn’t take anything away from the story.  “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” has a run time of 118 minutes, moving at a swift pace and remaining explosive from start to finish.  The film does have a few missteps, but you can’t help but to have a great time as the two main characters badger one another through each adrenaline-fueled sequence.  “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is a filled with plenty of fun and hilarity, making it thoroughly-entertaining and a great late-summer surprise!

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” follows a former AAA-rated executive protection agent as he takes-on his first client in years: the World’s most notorious hitman.  The film features plenty of hilarious jokes and one-liners, a handful of fun, inventive action sequences, and a story that is a beautiful throwback to the ‘80s.  If you are heading to the movies this weekend, make sure “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is on your radar!!

4/5

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD is rated R for strong violence and language throughout, in theaters AUGUST 18TH!

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ANNABELLE: CREATION review

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Here’s How it All Began

Over the last few years, horror franchises have undoubtedly become more intricate and inter-woven; thus is the case with “The Conjuring” Universe, based on the exploits of Ed and Lorraine Warren.  “Annabelle: Creation” further builds the (based on a true story) horror universe by showing us how the famous Annabelle doll was created.  A father works, building dolls all day in small town with his young daughter and wife.  One day, tragedy Continue reading

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A GHOST STORY review

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It’s All about Time

What happens to our loved ones after we leave them?  “A Ghost Story” follows that depressing topic as a young couple, struggling through life, are searching for more.  C and M seem to be reaching an agreement on their future life when tragedy strikes.  C is struck and killed Continue reading

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DUNKIRK- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic.com)

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DUNKIRK

Rylance and Hardy head up the cast of the new World War II epic, DUNKIRK!

Early in World War II, England sent troops to fight the Germans across the channel in France. The Nazis drove the French and English troops through Belgium to the sea at Dunkirk. They papered the town to let Allies know they were surrounded, Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), an English infantry soldier, made his way to the beach dodging bullets on every turn through town to find thousands of soldiers waiting for ships to take them home. England commissioned private boat owner to ferry troops across the channel before they could be picked off like fish in a barrel.

Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance), his son Peter (Tom Glynn-Carney) and his buddy George (Barry Keoghan) loaded their boat with life jackets and headed out to save as many soldiers as they can. Dawson gets within sight of Dunkirk when they come upon a stranded sailor (Cillian Murphy) sitting on a capsized ship. The sailor loses it when he finds out they are taking him back to Dunkirk, a struggle ensues and George is knocked down into the hold striking his head. Dawson tells him they are going to Dunkirk and pick up survivors.

Tommy finds a French soldier on the beach and they manage to grab a stretcher which allows them to cut to the front of the lines boarding the ship. The Germans would send in bombers each time a ship full of soldiers left Dunkirk killing most of the soldiers. Tommy manage to get off the ship before it sank and ended back on the dock. Tommy and a small group of survivors from the boat made their way to a tug boat that was beach waiting for the tide to come in.

While all this is going on in Dunkirk, Churchill sent a small group of fighter pilots (3) led by Farrier (Tom Hardy) to take out the German bombers. Churchill wasn’t going to send more troops to fight in France since the war was coming to England. Farrier’s wing man Collins (Jack Lowden) is shot down after taking out a German plane and is rescued by Mr. Dawson and his boat.

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DUNKIRK review

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When 400,000 Men Couldn’t Get Home, Home Came For Them

One of the most heroic and unlikely events of World War II is showcased in Christopher Nolan’s newest film, “Dunkirk”.  A group of 400,000 Allied soldiers, consisting of French, Belgian, Canadian, and mostly British soldiers, were surrounded in Dunkirk, France by the German army, pushing them to the beaches.  The film follows three distinct Continue reading