Three weeks have passed since UK cinemas started to reopen following the COVID-19 closures, and within this time a number of high-profile movies have already hit the big screen, including Cruella, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Those Who Wish Me Dead, and A Quiet Place Part II. And thanks in part to these films, as well as a general desire to return to the big screen, cinemas are starting to fill up with people again.
But if you have yet to step inside your local multiplex, and the main reason for this is because none of the new releases have caught your eye, then Universal Pictures may have something to tempt you back. And if you’re an action movie lover, this one is guaranteed to tickle your pickle.
New to UK cinemas is the action thriller, Nobody. Directed by Ilya Naishuller, the movie tells the story of a former government assassin called Hutch, who becomes the target of a Russian mobster.
In the movie, Hutch Mansell is a family man, who lives with his wife and two children in the suburbs. Hutch is in his late 50s, works a fairly mundane job, and each day goes through the motions of going to work, having brief interactions with his family, and slowly sinking into a depressed state.
But Hutch’s life was not always this way. Many years ago, he worked as an undercover assassin – a job he has long since put behind him. That is until one night, when Hutch lets out some pent-up frustration, by taking on a gang of drunk, abusive strangers.
Although Hutch is outnumbered, he makes short work of the gang, resulting in hospitalisations all round. But what Hutch doesn’t realise is that one of the gang members is the brother of a psychotic Russian mobster, who doesn’t take kindly to seeing his sibling in hospital.
With the mob boss now out for revenge, Hutch soon discovers that his once quiet, run-of-the-mill life, is about to get a lot more chaotic. It is time to say goodbye to suburbia, and hello to a hail storm of bullets.
Nobody hits UK cinemas on Wednesday 9th June and stars Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, Michael Ironside, Colin Salmon, and Christopher Lloyd. The movie is filled with tongue-in-cheek humour, as well as some explosive scenes, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
If the premise of Nobody sounds a bit familiar, it is probably because this movie shares a passing resemblance to RED (2010) and John Wick (2014). In fact, David Leitch, the director of John Wick, is one of the producers of Nobody, so there is a link between that particular franchise and this film.
But what’s perhaps more important to note is that if you like the RED movies or you are a big fan of the John Wick series, then you will most certainly like Nobody. This is a confident film that knows exactly what it wants to do and where it wants to go, and provides plenty of entertainment along the way.
Clocking in at around 90 minutes, the running time on this movie is brisk and perfectly suited for this picture. It is a movie which gets in, gets out, and yet has just the right amount of time to showcase smart direction, good pacing, and a strong central performance from Bob Odenkirk.
The actor is perfectly cast in this movie, taking on the role of a former assassin who is trying to find the right work/life balance. Sure, Hutch has the skills to take out a small army, but thanks to Odenkirk’s ‘every man’ approach, he makes the character oddly relatable.
Odenkirk is the main focus of the movie, and the stand-out star, but this film has a great cast overall, including an ace up its sleeve in supporting actor, Christopher Lloyd. Lloyd’s presence in the picture is limited, but when he pops up now and again, he really shines and provides strong back-up for Odenkirk.
Outside of these guys, the film boasts plenty of fun set pieces, including a great finale, sure to raise the pulse. The movie also features an excellent soundtrack, which is the perfect accompaniment to everything on screen, and includes tracks from Nina Simone, Pat Benatar, Edwin Starr, Louis Armstrong, Andy Williams, and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
If you have been debating whether or not to go back to the cinema, and have been holding off until something fun comes along, then Nobody is the movie you have been waiting for. It doesn’t ask anything of you, it doesn’t require you to be well-versed in an interconnected universe, and it isn’t preceded by a wealth of sequels – it is a stand-alone film that merely wants to entertain you.
Nobody is a solid picture, and a real hoot-and-a-half. It is a film best enjoyed with the biggest tub of popcorn you can find, and watched with as many friends as current restrictions allow.