Because ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ is such a bustling sequel with so many moving pieces and stars, some of it is certain to get up on the marquee, which it does. A busy sequel with mindless action and comedy.
Critic’s Rating: 3.0/5
The stakes are higher in this sequel to the 2017 smash ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard,’ as Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is once again pressured by his equally volatile wife Sonia Kincaid to save infamous hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) (Salma Hayek). However, saving Darius places them at the centre of a global plot. Is there any hope?
When Sonia arrives with guns blazing, following him down to accomplish what he just left behind, Michael’s chance to relax and decompress from all the violence and activity on vacation goes up in flames. She isn’t going to take no for an answer. Darius, Sonia’s husband, has been kidnapped, and the pair, who are urgently hoping for a child, must be reunited in order to complete the mission at hand.
However, there is a cost to this rescue attempt. When Interpol agent Bobby O’Neill (Frank Grillo) arrests them to track down Aristotle Papadopoulos (Antonio Banderas), who is aiming to destroy all of Europe to avenge the penalties put on him, the trio finds themselves in serious jeopardy.
Sure, it’s a hastily put-together premise that’s fairly mindless, but it has the potential to add action and comedy into the narrative — the two pillars that keep this movie running. Unless you start asking too many clever questions, this multi-starrer potboiler ticks all the boxes while attempting to entertain. Some of the known eccentricities from the original are retained by director Patrick Hughes and writer Tom O’Connor, such as Michael’s fixation with the ‘Triple A’ rating for his security services and his coming to Darius’ rescue, which is the foundation of all hell breaking loose.
Of course, this time it’s Sonia’s wife who is the driving force behind everything, and Salma Hayek throws caution to the wind in her portrayal of her loud and raucous persona.
The actress manages to get some chuckles without becoming irritating at times, but some of her interactions with Jackson are just cringeworthy. Much with the narrative of the film, Samuel Jackson delivers nothing new. Ryan Reynolds shines once again as an honest security agent who is befuddled by his life’s many twists and turns. It’s always a pleasure to see Morgan Freeman do his thing, and Antonio Banderas gets his villainy just so.
He’s a pleasant surprise, and he arrives just as the plot begins to become tedious and repetitious. The action is nice, although not particularly slick, but the humorous elements more than make up for it.
Overall, ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ is a frantic sequel with far too many moving pieces and stars, so some of it is going to end up on the marquee, which it does.