Outside of “Deadpool”, Ryan Reynolds hasn’t had much luck at the Box Office. His last movie “Life” was a bomb, and before that “Criminal” suffered the indignity of a near-nonexistent cinematic presence. Maybe teaming him with the World’s Most Prolific Actor might yield some magic. Reynolds is starring alongside Samuel L. Jackson in action-comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”, a callback to the buddy formula actioners of the late 80s/early 90s.
Today, Lionsgate‘s Summit Entertainment debuted the first trailer, and it sure has a dated feel to it. The premise itself is old hat by now, though the leading men might elevate it. Jackson is playing himself as usual, but he does appear to have chemistry with Reynolds. Could be good for a couple of laughs, though I doubt this will light the Box Office on fire.
Here’s the official synopsis: “The world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman) who is out for blood. Salma Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife.”
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is directed by Patrick Hughes from a script by Tom O’Connor, and also stars Elodie Yung, Joaquim De Almeida, Kirsty Mitchell, and Richard E. Grant. It premieres 18th August.