Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
|Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard|
|Directed by||Patrick Hughes|
|Story by||Tom O'Connor|
by Tom O'Connor
|Music by||Atli Örvarsson|
|Box office||$4 million|
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.
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.
- Ryan Reynolds as Michael Bryce, Michael Sr.’s stepson and a bodyguard-for-hire on mandatory sabbatical which leaves him without the authority to use lethal weaponry.
- Ivor Bagaric as young Michael Bryce
- Samuel L. Jackson as Darius Kincaid, a notorious hitman.
- Salma Hayek as Sonia Kincaid, Darius' wife.
- Frank Grillo as Bobby O'Neill, an Interpol agent.
- Antonio Banderas as Aristotle Papadopoulos, a Shipping tycoon.
- Morgan Freeman as Michael Bryce Sr., Michael’s stepfather
- Richard E. Grant as Mr. Seifert, an old associate of Bryce and a drug addict.
- Tom Hopper as Magnusson
- Kristofer Kamiyasu as Zento
- Gabriella Wright as Veronika
- Dragan Mićanović as Vlad
- Gary Oldman as Vladislav Dukhovich
- Alice McMillan as Ailso
- Rebecca Front as Michael's therapist
- Blake Ritson as Gunther
- Caroline Goodall as Crowley
- Patrick Hughes as Bouncer
- Enzo Squillino Jr. as Bartender
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, 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. 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. Reynolds, Jackson, and Hayek also officially signed on to star in the sequel. 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.
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. 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.
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." According to Metacritic, which assigned a weighted average score of 34 out of 100 based on 31 critics, the film received "generally unfavorable reviews". 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.
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." 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."
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