2/4

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard [2021] ★★

The first movie wasn’t innovative in any way, but it had enough charm and chemistry between the cast to make it entertaining. This sequel, however, feels lazy and recycled, with no particular purpose. Bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) and hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) reunite for another mission involving a powerful madman (overplayed by Antonio Banderas). Throw in Salma Hayek as Kincaid’s wife and you’re supposed to have a winning recipe. Alas, there’s nothing much to say here. This movie is just as generic as they come, with very few memorable scenes. It’s still watchable, especially if you missed watching summer blockbusters on the big screen. But surely we deserve something better than this. Reynolds and the rest of the cast seem to be having a great time, no doubt about that. I just wish they had something more original to deliver.

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