“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” brings fun bro-mance

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” an action-comedy film starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, is the perfect way to wrap up summer weekends before getting into full fall semester gear.

Reynolds, known recently for his role of Deadpool, plays disgraced protection agent Michael Bryce, who must protect Darius Kincaid (played by Jackson), an invincible hitman who plans to testify against the main antagonist in the International Court of Justice.

Jackson may still keep his foul mouth, but he proves loyal and trustworthy through the course of the movie, allowing the pair to brew their relationship over the nearly two-hour run time.

The film not only features Reynolds and Jackson, but a cast filled with big names, such as Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman. However, despite the team of A-list actors, the storyline does not follow up to the height of the talent.

Oldman plays the main antagonist of the film, evil dictator Vladislav Dukhovich. While he has starred in countless award-winning movies before, his role choice here is questionable as his character is a one-dimensional villain with a silly accent.

While the script may be cliché, it is a fun film. One standout in particular is the cinematography, which was better than I expected.

With films like “The Avengers” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” setting the tone for action blockbusters, one would almost be certain to expect a million jump-cuts. However, the heavily edited scenes do not make their appearance in this movie often.

The motion design also keeps the movie interesting enough to ignore some of the flawed factors of the film, like the dialogue, logistics and conflict.

With the movie scoring only 40 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, it fails to bring its anticipated reviews. However, critics have said the on-screen chemistry displayed between the two lead actors is the only thing that saves this movie from box office doom.

Overall, the film was a run-of-the-mill, 80’s-styled action-comedy. I give it three stars out of five, as it can be a good pastime if the viewer is only looking for cheap comedy and satisfactory action scenes.