Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sylvestor Stallone. Keanu Reeves … Bob Odenkirk? Are you kidding me?
That’s right folks. Odenkirk, the long-loved but often overlooked character actor who probably broke into the mainstream as Jimmy / Saul breaking Bad and its secession Better call Saulis your next big action hero.
Unlikely? Yes. Still absolutely damn bad? Certainly.
in the NobodyOdenkirk plays Hutch, a seemingly meek and disrespectful family man who reluctantly holds back when two robbers break into his house and steal his daughter’s bracelet, among other things. But the incident triggers something in him, an anger that has been inactive for a long time and which in turn creates ripples in the local mob scene. Hutch is a former secret agent who can kill his enemies very, very effectively.
If Nobody sounds like a lot John Wickbecause it is very similar John Wick in many ways, although the tone, plot, and battle scenes differ so much that they can stand on their own. Most importantly, Nobody is like John Wick that it kicks its ass absolutely fu-kirking.
Odenkirk may be an unlikely action hero, but he fits the role perfectly and can be humble and utterly threatening at the same time. One hopes Odenkirk doesn’t follow Liam Neeson on a similar career path (Liam, we love you but please stop!) But if you get through it Nobody and you don’t want a sequel right away, there may be something wrong with you.
Nobody checks in in a meager 90 minutes and kudos to director Ilya Naishuller for not saving a second. Working on purpose and on-going dynamism, the film skillfully balances brute force with the charm, grace and quirk that you expect from Mr. Odenkirk. The action isn’t quite as visually exciting as the eye-catching sequences in John Wickis intense, bloody, and immensely satisfying.
Oh … Christopher Lloyd is pretty angry too. That’s true. Christopher Fu-Kirking Lloyd.
Rating by Erik Samdahl, unless otherwise stated.