Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

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Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021 film) theatrical release poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPatrick Hughes
Produced by
  • Matt O'Toole
  • Les Weldon
  • Yariv Lerner
Screenplay by
  • Tom O'Connor
  • Brandon Murphy
  • Phillip Murphy
Story byTom O'Connor
Based onCharacters
by Tom O'Connor
Starring
Music byAtli Örvarsson
CinematographyTerry Stacey
Edited by
  • Michael J. Dutchie
  • Jack Hutchings
Production
companies
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • June 16, 2021 (2021-06-16) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$50 million[1]
Box office$4 million[2]

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard is a 2021 American action comedy film directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O'Connor and Brandon and Phillip Murphy. The film is a sequel to the 2017 film The Hitman's Bodyguard and features Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, and Richard E. Grant reprising their roles, with Frank Grillo, Tom Hopper, Antonio Banderas, and Morgan Freeman joining the cast.

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard was released in the United States on June 16, 2021, by Lionsgate. The film received generally negative reviews from critics, who criticized the stale humor.

Plot[edit]

Michael Bryce is set to give up on being a bodyguard again and making peace with it, until Sonia Kincaid finds him and asks for his help. She needs his help in recovering her hitman husband Darius, after he is taken by mobsters. After getting him back, they are caught by Interpol agent Bobby O'Neill, who needs their help in locating a terrorist mastermind named Aristotle Papadopoulos, who wants to destroy the European power grid and infrastructure since the European Union is planning to impose more sanctions on Greece.

The trio get into more trouble, with Bryce taking much of the physical brunt of their encounters. After getting help from his bodyguard stepfather, Bryce Senior, the trio are captured by Aristotle's henchmen. He has a history with Sonia since he was conned by her even though he genuinely fell in love with her. After turning her against Kincaid, he and Bryce are forced to flee. To make matters worse, Senior turns out to be working with Aristotle and turns his back on Bryce.

Bryce and Kincaid soon put aside their issues and work together to rescue Sonia and stop Aristotle. After killing Aristotle's henchmen, they disrupt his plan to use a power drill to break into the European power grid and fight Aristotle and Senior. Bryce kills Senior while Kincaid and Sonia kill Aristotle, and Bryce manages to hit the manual override to destroy the ship and stop the drill, but the three manage to survive the explosion. O'Neill says they have to stay on boat for 48 hours together before being cleared free, then hands Bryce papers to sign which he thinks is his AAA license. Bryce signs them only to find out they are adoption papers for him to be the son of Sonia and Kincaid.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In May 2018, it was announced that Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek were in early talks to reprise their roles for a sequel to 2017 film The Hitman's Bodyguard,[3] with plans to begin filming later in the year. While Lionsgate was in talks to secure the United States distribution rights, Patrick Hughes was also in talks to return for directing duties.[4] In November 2018, Lionsgate acquired the US rights from Millennium Films, while Matt O'Toole and Les Weldon would produce the film through Millennium and Campbell Grobman Films, and Hughes would return to direct the film from the script by Tom O'Connor, Brandon Murphy and Phillip Murphy.[5] Reynolds, Jackson, and Hayek also officially signed on to star in the sequel.[6] In March 2019, Frank Grillo, Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas and Tom Hopper joined the cast of the film, with Richard E. Grant reprising his role from the first.[7][8][9][10]

Filming began on March 2, 2019 in Europe.[5][11] Filming took place in Italy (Trieste), Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and United Kingdom.

Release[edit]

Lionsgate Films released the film on June 16, 2021,[12] after being delayed before to August 20, 2021 from an original release date of August 28, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[13][14]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

In the United States and Canada, Hitman's Bodyguard's Wife is projected to gross around $15 million from 3,331 theaters over its five-day opening weekend.[1] The film made $3.9 million on its first day of release, including $1.8 million from advanced screenings the weekend before and $815,000 from Tuesday night previews.[15]

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 25% based on 106 reviews, with an average rating of 4.4/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Despite the charms of its ensemble, The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard fails to protect the audience from repetitive and tired genre tropes."[16] According to Metacritic, which assigned a weighted average score of 34 out of 100 based on 31 critics, the film received "generally unfavorable reviews".[17] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale slightly lower than the "B+" received by its predecessor, while PostTrak reported 75% of audience members gave it a positive score, with 53% saying they would definitely recommend it.[15]

Alonso Duralde of the TheWrap wrote: "Hitman's Wife Bodyguard is a comedy with not one legitimate laugh, and an action movie where cars keep blowing up while the A-listers yell at each other, as though that were inherently amusing or entertaining."[18] From The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney said: "Screenwriters Tom O'Connor, Phillip Murphy and Brandon Murphy display no interest in how credible characters — even cartoonishly exaggerated comic ones — might really behave under circumstances like these, which wouldn't be so bad if the movie were funnier. But its occasional laughs drown in a sea of action-comedy tropes that have been stale for decades."[19]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ a b Roxborough, Scott (November 1, 2018). "AFM: Lionsgate to Release 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' Sequel Stateside (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (November 1, 2018). "Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson to Return for 'Hitman's Bodyguard' Sequel". Variety. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 1, 2019). "Frank Grillo Joins Ryan Reynolds in 'Hitman's Bodyguard' Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  8. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (March 11, 2019). "Morgan Freeman Joins Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson In 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' Sequel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  9. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (March 13, 2019). "Antonio Banderas, Richard E. Grant Board Liongate's 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' Sequel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  10. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (March 26, 2019). "'The Umbrella Academy's Tom Hopper Joins 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' Sequel At Lionsgate". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard". Production List. 25 February 2019. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (March 29, 2021). "Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson Sequel 'The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard' Moves Earlier In The Summer". Deadline. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  13. ^ Mcclintock, Pamela (December 19, 2019). "'Hitman's Bodyguard 2' Bound for Late August 2020 Release". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  14. ^ "'John Wick 4' to 2022, While 'Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard', 'Spiral, 'Barb and Star' & More Head to 2021: Lionsgate Release Date Changes". May 2020.
  15. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 17, 2021). "'Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard' Seizes $3.9M In First Day & Paid Sneak Previews". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  16. ^ "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  17. ^ "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  18. ^ Duralde, Alsonso (June 9, 2021). "'Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard' Film Review: Really, We're Doing This Again?". TheWrap. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  19. ^ Rooney, David (June 9, 2021). "Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in 'The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 12, 2021.

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