Director: Ilya Naishuller
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Runtime: 92 Minutes
Main Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Ironside, Colin Salmon, RZA, Billy MacLellan, Araya Mengesha
Plot: Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) is just your regular, suburban Dad, making his way through his perfectly normal, if not slightly dull, life. When two thieves break into his home and he finds himself unable to defend his family, a long-simmering rage is ignited within him and he seeks revenge.
My Thoughts: I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. I might not have watched much of Bob Odenkirk’s work but I’ve seen enough to know that he’s perfect for this role. He’s completely believeable as this push-over Dad but also surprisingly menacing as this John Wick-esque fighter. Taken at it’s very basic level, Nobody is without a doubt a John Wick copy. Swap Keanu Reeves for Bob Odenkirk and the puppy for a kitty bracelet and there you have it. I don’t necessarily mean that as an insult to the movie, but if you’re looking for an original action movie this isn’t it.
I enjoyed the first half of this movie much more than the second, where I feel like it started to derail into stereotypical territory. You know how it goes – guy winds up hurting the family member of a Russian drug lord, Russian drug lord then targets guy, and so on. I could be describing any number of action movies right now. Still, it’s a solid enough movie and there’s enough there to redeem it as a fun watch.
Was it enough to warrant a sequel, delving into Hutch Mansell’s past? Perhaps! Other reviews certainly seem positive enough. And at the end of the day, back when I watched John Wick for the first time I thought that was alright enough, and now John Wick: Chapter 3 is my favourite action movie ever so, you know, watch this space!
Best Bit: I think everyone’s answer to this would be the same – the bus fight. I think that’s why the second half wasn’t as good, the fight scenes were all great but this one was by far the best, and it takes place within the first 30 minutes if my memory serves me right.
Worst Bit: We’ve all had one of those moments where you hear a celebrity’s name and you thought they had died, right? It’s happened to me a few times now but nothing like this. When Christopher Lloyd showed up I thought oh, how long has this movie been stuck in development hell for? Because I swear I remember hearing that he died in that horrible year (2016?) we lost so many other legendary actors. I even remember my friend Jenna’s reaction because she loves Back to the Future so much! I’m either losing my mind or I slipped into another timeline somehow.
Fun Trivia: Based on an idea by Bob Odenkirk, who dealt with a home invasion himself by trapping the trespassers in the basement. He was frustrated with how the authorities dealt with the situation and had thought about how he would take the matter into his own hands if he “was a badass.”
My Rating: 3 kitty bracelets that if my daughter loved and lost, I would probably kick ass to retrieve, too.