BWW Review: THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD Opening August 18

BWW Review: THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD Opening August 18

BWW Review: THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD Opening August 18THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD looks like an anti-buddy film, but opposites soon attract when two rivals are thrown into harm's way.

Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is/was a "triple-A-rated executive protection agent" and Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) is the most-wanted hitman in the world.

Their paths cross again when Bryce's former girlfriend and Interpol agent (Elodie Yung) pairs them up for a last resort transport, so Kincaid can testify against brutal Russian dictator Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman).

Seems easy enough until writer Tom O'Connor borrows from his thriller FIRE WITH FIRE and director Patrick Hughes (EXPENDABLES 3) upstages some of the most memorable James Bond chase scenes with nearly 100 stunt performers.

THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD delivers on everything its trailers promise, including Salma Hayek as Kincaid's cut-you-as-soon-as-look-at-you wife, plus lots and lots of action.

As my theater-going buddy Brandon put it, "Compared to THE DARK TOWER, this movie is an Oscar contender!" Maybe so, if bullets were ballots.

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Lee Cooley Lee Cooley started freelancing as a film critic in 1978 and began reviewing plays in 2011. After more than 20 years in TV, radio and advertising, he started the non-profit phase of his career (Make-A-Wish America, Valley Youth Theatre) and currently is communications manager for the Arizona Association of REALTORS. Cooley volunteers as president of the Arizona Southwest Heritage Foundation and serves at the pleasure of the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix. With roots in community theater, he has played a variety of character roles including Mort in CALIFORNIA SUITE, Sheriff Thomas in RAINMAKER and Abe in BEAU JEST. He played Mr. Clark in the 2015 film SO HELP US GOD and also records voiceovers.
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