The Hitman's Bodyguard

The Hitman's Bodyguard

Patrick Hughes (2) (2017)

15 Certificate
Sat 1 Feb 9pm - 11:30pm Film4


Our Score
A mismatched buddy movie packed with gags and thrills, in which "personal security consultant" Ryan Reynolds has to deliver hired killer Samuel L Jackson to court, where the hitman is to testify against mass-murdering despot Gary Oldman. Standing in his way are countless henchmen hell-bent on assassinating the turncoat assassin, with the killer himself proving not to be the most co-operative of charges. As indicated by Oldman's hammy Eastern European accent, bad guys and authority figures are painted in predictably broad brush strokes, but Tom O'Connor's script is laugh-out-loud hilarious when it comes to the two leads' sparring. The action set pieces are endlessly inventive, most notably a lengthy chase sequence along the canals of Amsterdam and a gruesome bout of fisticuffs in a hardware store, while Salma Hayek adds to the fun as Jackson's foul-mouthed, no-nonsense jailbird wife.


A disgraced bodyguard is hired to protect a hitman about to testify against the tyrannical president of Belarus at the International Criminal Court in exchange for the release of his wife from prison. Comedy action thriller, starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson, Gary Oldman and Salma Hayek.

Cast & Crew

Michael Bryce Ryan Reynolds
Darius Kincaid Samuel L Jackson
Vladislav Dukhovich Gary Oldman
Amelia Roussel Elodie Yung
Sonia Kincaid Salma Hayek
Foucher Joaquim de Almeida
Rebecca Harr Kirsty Mitchell
Seifert Richard E Grant
Garrett Sam Hazeldine
Director Patrick Hughes (2)
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Aug 2017
Comedy Drama