It's another Netflix original! And another good one.
I'm surprised at how clean and balanced these Netflix movies feel, all the while incorporating some pretty amazing stunts and action footage. The car chases. The shoot-out's. It's all top of the line. Authentic-looking and 'casual' in a way that few other movies seem to make them right now, all the while with style and extravaganza, like the eighties but... a new breed. It's like what Marvel is doing compared to DC. There's just something special about the way they put it together.
It's like Luc Besson-type action. It's refreshing. There's shaky cam but never too much. It's fast-paced but not too fast. The angles vary. The sceneries change. They make the most with the vehicles and items they have at hand. The choreography's always staged with a flare for the creative too, and all in all I'm just... blown-away.
It's not that the action sequences are amazing, they're just GOOD. They're messy in a good way. Orchestrated chaos. They make it feel spontaneous even when it's planned.
Is that the big secret? Though it's easy to say, it's probably hard to achieve. It's just pure, flashy but messy action, no more no less, and in the end there's just two or three big background explosions that clearly aren't there, that bring down that impression. A little.
The story's this:
The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Criminal Court. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.
Samuel Jackson plays the assassin, and Ryan Reynolds the bodyguard, and they're both great. They're a great combo. The awkwardness between them is a big and natural part of the film, and all the way through they're the two main guys, fighting against each other as well as the world, and slowly developing a strange kind of bond. Elodie Yung and Gary Oldman are other notables. It's a great cast overall: not all notable but all good.
The twist is that Darius, the hitman, is not actually an evil person, either. Career choices are deceiving traits in this movie, and though plenty of things go according to standard practice and stereotype (like Vladislav's final escape), there are also plenty of things that don't. It's not all black and white even with the high-contrast main character duo (seems like it's becoming a trend these days), and though it's also one of those typical Hollywood Happy Ending movies it doesn't lack surprises along the way.
And I just have to say once again that the action really is something special! In a casual kind of way. I'm impressed. Car/boat/motorcycle chases in particular. It's gritty and authentic and awesome all the way through, and though it's not a movie you should watch mainly for the comedy: it does entertain. Greatly. Even with the serious undertones.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle