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As hard-hitting as its title sounds, ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ allows for much comic relief

Directed by Australian Patrick Hughes, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is a fun, action-packed ride where our reluctant heroes are thrust into an outrageous comeback of deadly mayhem, confronting a slew of vengeful criminals that all want Darius Kincaid dead.

In the original film The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is a triple-A bodyguard who slips devastatingly down the corporate ladder after a tragic mishap to a high ranking official while under his watch. His license is revoked and, with a soiled reputation, he can only manage employment of two-bit security jobs.

Bryce does eventually redeem himself, proving he still has what it takes and earns a well-deserved sabbatical. It is here while he is sunning himself on vacay that the sequel picks up, with Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek) the infamous con artist, literally landing in his lap, pursued violently by a Mexican gang, under chaotic gunfire. She pleads with Bryce to help her save her husband Darius Kincaid, notorious hitman, who is in deep trouble again. Bryce is forced to team up reluctantly with Sonia to protect her Darius against yet another powerfully corrupt madman (Antonio Banderas) and all the rest!

The rambunctious trio get in over their heads, not surprisingly, fighting against superpowers of global corruption plotting for… you guessed it, world domination.

This not only irritatingly threatens their newfound peace, but the lives of millions of people in Europe. Can Bryce protect obnoxious pain in the neck Darius the “unkillable” hitman and earn his most desired wish to be reinstatement with a license to regain his coveted best hitman reputation?

There is never a dull moment, with humourous jokes poking fun at each of the main characters for their trademark quirks, mostly at Bryce’s nice guy persona who follows the bodyguard’s code “boring is best.” Audience satisfaction peaks from the unforgiving humiliation of insufferable fool Bryce, who is burned, beaten, tortured, run over and left to die. Bryce’s regimented modus operandi is at odds with Darius’ helter-skelter edge of death, she’ll be right dangerous approach, to Sonia’s ironic maternal pursuit of becoming a mother while acting as a volatile bad ass bitch that nobody dares get in the way of.

Hilarity ensues as Salma steals the limelight as a perplexed middle-aged female firecracker who juggles her own motives and mood swings. The witty one liners, “your mouth needs an exorcist” Bryce quips to Sonia and the chemistry between these three charming actors, are explosively funny and together they are infectiously addictive to watch. Patrick Hughes’ genius casting is the true success behind this immensely enjoyable film.

The fun the director and cast must have had in the making of this film is not only evident, but a draw card to returning to the successful sequel.

Starring a killer cast, don’t miss this film for its comic relief at a time when we really need it: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Morgan Freeman, Frank Grillo, Caroline Goodall, Rebecca Front, Tom Hopper, Richard E. Grant.

Annette McCubbin

‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ is in cinemas now.

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