Nobody (2021) Review

Certificate: 15

Director: Ilya Naishuller

Screenwriter: Derek Kolstad

Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Connie Nielsen

Genre: Action, Crime

Runtime: 92 Minutes

Language: English

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

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Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, The Post, Nebraska) stars as Hutch Mansell, an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life’s indignities on the chin and never pushing back. A nobody. When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. His teenage son, Blake (Gage Munroe, The Shack), is disappointed in him and his wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen, Wonder Woman), seems to pull only further away. The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch’s long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills. – Written by Universal Pictures

One of the best cinema experiences there is, is when you go in thinking you know exactly what you are about to see, and you prepare yourself to roll your eyes the entire way through then, completely out of the blue, the film ends up being surprisingly good, and you are made to completely eat your words. So was my experience of going to see Nobody at the Cineworld Unlimited Screening tonight. I expected another rip of of ‘John Wick’, or heaven forbit, yet another rip off of ‘Taken.’ And while this film does have elements of both those films, it is entirely it’s own thing.

What surprised me the lost was the use of comedy. The writers weren’t afraid to mix the bloody violence of the film with a little light hearted humour. Bob Odenkirk has some fabulous one liners, and it is written so very well that they don’t seem out of place in an otherwise very dark and violent movie. The humour in fact helped to make his character a lot more likeable to the audience, otherwise I feel, he would have been an easy character to dislike.

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The film does take a while to get going. We see Hutch living his everyday life, being ignored by his wife and snubbed by his kids. Working a boring nine to five job and being a very average, forty something man. And he stays that way for a good long while. Bare with it though because the longer the film goes on the crazier the antics get. Effectively, we are finding out about Hutch at the same time as the Russians are. Seeing bits of interactions that hint that there is a dark and violent past there. But when it hits it’s stride in the last act…whoa does shit get crazy. It is well worth the wait. So is seeing Christopher Lloyd with a shotgun, he is a small, but delightful part of the film, and I loved every second he was onscreen.

Sure the whole Russian mob thing might be a little over done. And yes, ok, the mild mannered man who secretly has a crazy, violent past and, to quote Liam Neeson, “A very special set of skills” may not be the most original plot device in the world. But I found this entire thing to be incredibly entertaining. And if the laughs and gasps etc, in my screening were any indication, so did a lot of other people.

I highly recommend seeing this one in your local cinema if you feel comfortable doing so.

Nobody is released in the UK on June 9th

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