Hollywood has a new action king and drumroll please, it’s Bob Odenkirk. Nobody puts the revered comedian, writer and award-winning actor in pure ass-kick mode. The Russian director Ilya Naishuller unleashes a tight, darkly humorous and bone-breaking spectacle of violence. A seemingly harmless and meek patsy turns out to be the ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing. Odenkirk’s casting was a really inspired choice. Nobody is an action bonanza that will delight audiences.
Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) is the definition of a boring family man. He’s the type that is always overlooked and not respected. His daily routine is a slumber party of banality. Hutch makes breakfast for his kids, is cursed at work by his wife’s father (Connie Nielsen) (Michael Ironside) and brother (Billy MacLellan), and then comes home to a sexless marriage. Custard has more to life.
Everything changes after a terrible incident in the family home. Hutch’s teenage son (Gage Munroe) loses all respect for his father. Hutch needs to blow off some steam. A bus ride takes a wild turn when a bunch of drunk Russian gangsters come on board. You caught Hutch Mansell on a bad day. When the vicious crime lord Yulian Kuznetsov (Aleksei Serebryakov) sees the broken shell that used to be his brother, he wants bloody revenge. Unfortunately for him and his legion of men, they greatly underestimate their quarry. Hutch Mansell is not who he appears to be.
Nobody dives headlong into the action. Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry) uses a nifty use of mounts to quickly discharge exposure. We get to know Hutch, his family, and the tedious job within minutes of the first act. Creative editing and a great performance by Bob Odenkirk really sell Hutch’s doormat existence. The switch is then flipped to reveal the true nature of the character. Hutch’s fatal transformation is seen hypnotically. He channels years of pent-up anger and aggression into stunned villains while dropping funny clues about his past. Bob Odenkirk transitions from boring to deadly with brilliant precision.
Nobody You will flinch from the wild blows. This is not a martial arts-centric, ultra-stylized shooting film. The violence is personal, up close and brutal. Hutch punishes by a variety of means. His knife skills would make a sushi chef jealous. Still, Ilya Naishuller doesn’t make Hutch invincible. He is beaten up but flushes out far more than he receives. The fight in the bus opens the floodgates for varied, well executed and coordinated action scenes. Ilya Naishuller makes a strong statement about his skills as a director and action choreographer.
RZA and the legendary character actor Christopher Lloyd give the supporting roles a perfect entertainment value. You don’t have much time on the screen, but you make yourself felt. Nobody cleverly keeps Bob Odenkirk in front and in the middle. He’s had considerable reach throughout his career, but falls into a different category as a bonafide action star. Odenkirk is fantastic here. Raise your expectations for this movie. Nobody is a production by 87North, Eighty Two Films and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment. It will be released in theaters on March 26th by Universal Pictures.
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