Michael (Ryan Reynolds) was once known as an excellent AAA-rated bodyguard; well, that was until he was the bodyguard for a hitman named Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson). After the events of The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017), Michael is depressed and having haunting nightmares, to the point that Darius himself is even appearing in his dreams! Having lost his AAA rating, Michael is told to give up bodyguarding and take a holiday as perhaps he will find inner peace while getting some sun.
While Michael accepts taking a break and tries to move forward, it’s not long until Darius’s wife hunts him down. Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek) interrupts Michael’s holiday and forces him back into action and on the run. Sonia tells Michael that Darius (Samuel L. Jackson) has been kidnapped and has requested the help of Michael to save him. Now Michael feels he has a purpose once again as he becomes a bodyguard for the hitman’s wife. There’s just one problem: Michael refuses to kill anyone or even carry a gun.
For the record, I had a great time watching the first instalment featured back in 2017. It was brainless fun with good chemistry between actors Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, and I loved Salma Hayek’s brief appearances. Thankfully, we see the whole gang returning this time around, with actress Salma Hayek getting more screen presence than anyone expected. Once again, our leads work well together and successfully deliver plenty of shocking, crude and witty dialogue, which works well for most of the film. Action sequences are fun and, again, brainless.
The plot is basic and, sadly, highly forgettable, with our leads now being hunted down by a dangerous madman played by Antonio Banderas. The plot is weaker than the first instalment, but what’s worse is the film’s quick edits and snappy pacing, especially between scenes. There are moments when things in this movie skip far too quickly to the point where it was downright distracting and annoying.
Overall, it’s certainly welcoming to see the gang back together in this unexpected sequel, and the absurd amount of crude and rude dialogue is also welcomed. The plot is a step down from the previous film, and it’s highly forgettable. The pacing, especially between scenes, is baffling and distracting. Fans of the previous movie will certainly still have a great and brainless time with this sequel, but I can’t deny that opportunities were missed. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021) is Available on Blu-ray & DVD from August 25th!