Nobody ★★★★

Quickie Review 
Every once in a great while, an action movie comes along that features someone that you never expect to be the lead action hero. There was Eddie Murphy in 48 HRS. and Beverly Hills Cop, Bruce Willis in Die Hard, Michael Keaton as Batman, Martin Lawrence & Will Smith in Bad Boys, Keanu Reeves in Point Break, Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity, Bradley Cooper in The A-Team and Nicholas Cage in The Rock. Now, the producers of the John Wick franchise and the director of Hardcore Henry bring to the moviegoing public the next great unlikely action hero....Bob Odenkirk? Yes, the same man who got ripped a new one by Jeremy Irons during his SNL hosting gig when he was a writer on the show, the same man who did eccentric sketches with David Cross on “Mr. Show”, the same man who won awards and acclaim for playing the lawyer with questionable ethics, Saul Goodman, on “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”. THAT Bob Odenkirk. He stars as Hutch Mansell, an average guy who lives a very underestimated and overlooked life where he’s in a mundane marriage to a real estate agent (Connie Nielsen), has a decent but not particularly exciting job and always seems to take life’s indignities on the chin and never takes the opportunity to stand up and push back against everything holding him back. Then, one night after his pacifist instincts kick in at the wrong time when a pair of thieves break in to his house, Hutch’s long-simmering rage and anger begins to break out from within himself and unleashes violent instincts that have been dormant for years, breaking bones and leaving bodies in his wake but now he’ll have to use these new savage instincts to protect his family from a dangerous Russian gangster (Aleksey Serebryakov, “McMafia”) and by the time the dust settles, no one will ever mistake Hutch Mansell for a nobody ever again. Some people might be skeptical about someone like Bob Odenkirk playing a badass action hero but those same people underestimated the examples I mentioned at the beginning of the review, even I was skeptical of him pulling it off until I saw the redband trailer and that’s when I realized that he might just pull it off. With a genuine and uniquely relatable performance and the 87Eleven team behind him all the way, Odenkirk pulled it off spectacularly, giving us a bad mofo worth rooting for. He’s not the only one though. While RZA is just as tough as Odenkirk in his role as Hutch’s adopted brother, it’s Christopher Lloyd as Hutch’s unsuspecting father that ends up being the ultimate badass but just how badass he is is something that I won’t spoil here. You just have to see the movie. While there are a few that have and will come close, Nobody is one of the first great action movies of 2021 and an absolute blast from start to finish with an unconventional action hero that shines bright like a kitty cat bracelet.

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