The film demonstrates a hypocritical attitude about murder — while Kincaid and Bryce race across town to indict a dictator for murdering civilians, they remorselessly leave a wake of bloody bodies in the streets. They’re bad guys, but the tricky morality doesn’t quite gel.
Moreover, the violence of “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is thuddingly, exhaustingly dull. It’s not shot in any particularly interesting way, the cinematic geography is mush, and the stunts and action choreography are nothing to write home about. As the film pushes the two-hour mark, it just becomes a boring blur.
Speaking of blur — Hughes shoots every scene with open windows providing backlight, creating a gauzy haze throughout the whole film. It makes no sense why every scene looks like the lens has been smeared with Vaseline. It doesn’t even soften the edges of the brutally bad CGI.
The problem with “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” aside from the dodgy filmmaking craft, is that this story is the least interesting tale to tell about these characters. The flashbacks, to Kincaid’s first kill, and his meet-cute with Sonia, are juicy snippets of stories that would have made for a better movie.
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard”
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek. Directed by Patrick Hughes.
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout. Check listings for theaters. 1 hour, 58 minutes.
Bottom line: The story is the last interesting tale to tell