(2017) (Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action/Comedy: A one-time highly rated but now disgraced bodyguard is called up by his ex, an Interpol agent, to protect a deadly assassin who's set to testify against a genocidal dictator.
- Michael Bryce (RYAN REYNOLDS) was once a highly rated executive protection agent for some of the world's richest people, but the execution of one his high profile clients derailed his career, leaving him a former shell of his once highly polished self. Now two years after that incident -- which he wrongly blamed on his then girlfriend, Interpol agent Amelia Roussel (ELODIE YUNG) -- he still provides protective services, but mostly to mid-level attorneys with drug issues.
Unbeknownst to him, he's about to be drawn back into the high-level world of protective services. And that's because Amelia -- working for Interpol officers Renata Casoria (TINE JOUSTRA) and Jean Foucher (JOAQUIM DE ALMEIDA) -- has been tasked, along with her team, to escort infamous assassin Darius Kincaid (SAMUEL L. JACKSON) from prison to an Interpol courtroom to testify against Vladislav Dukhovich (GARY OLDMAN), the President of Belarus. Imprisoned for genocide and other atrocities that have targeted his own people, Dukhovich is so feared and has so many goons working for him that nearly everyone is terrified to testify against him.
That is, except for Darius who's only agreed to do so in exchange for the release of his wife, Sonia (SALMA HAYEK), from an Interpol prison. But during his transport under the protection of Amelia and her team, Dukhovich's forces attack them, resulting in many deaths on both sides, although Darius and Amelia manage to escape. Despite their past breakup and with no better options, Amelia contacts Michael and asks for his help. He reluctantly agrees, but is surprised and maddened to see that his "package" is none other than his longtime enemy, Darius. The two then make an unlikely duo as they try to avoid Dukhovich's goons in hopes of getting Darius to the courtroom to testify before time expires and Dukhovich is set free.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Fans of R-rated action/comedy hybrids might be enticed, as might fans of anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For strong violence and language throughout.
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