I … I am nobody
In the film genre of the action version, a large number of different narratives are told that contain numerous action sequences that do justice to the fascination of brawls, fights and vigilante style. Within this genre are the subgenre-like narrative constructs of a “one-man army”; A story of a person so deadly, dangerous, and efficient that they are able to send in an insane number of bad guys, beat the odds, and for the most part emerge victorious at the end of the film. These particular endeavors, which dwell in the realm of cinematic fiction, are attractively en masse, and many flock over decades to see such a production, intriguing viewers with its ridiculous nature of action and violence. Such prime examples of these watchful action antics are such films as Kill Bill: Volume I. and II, the Die Hard Franchise that James Bond Franchise that Bourne Franchise and the John Wick Franchises, to name a few. Now Universal Pictures and director Ilya Naishuller are unveiling the latest film within this action sub-genre with the release of the film, entitled Nobody. Does the feature find a memorable hit in its “over-the-top” promotion, or is it just another “ordinary” endeavor that means nothing?
Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) is in the rut. He is a defeated “average Joe” man who lives a normal routine, works during the day at an automobile manufacturer and lives with broker Becca (Connie Nielsen) as the father of his two children Blake (Gage Munroe) and Abby (Paisley Cadorath) and his husband ) at night. The longing to break free from this normalcy comes to Hutch’s last straw when a home invasion hits his family and he can’t return, leaving the middle-aged man emasculated and frustrated. Hutch reaches a boiling point, and as the son of a now retired FBI agent, David (Christopher Llyod), surrounded by memories of his failure, he finally decides to push back to regain what was lost when a group of drunken thugs begins molesting a teenage girl during a bus ride. Hutch destroys the thugs, struggles and unleashes his shadowy past as a killer, but one of the thugs happens to be the little brother of Yulian (Aleksey Serebryakov), a powerful Russian gangster currently responsible for the stockpiling fortune of criminal money. In search of revenge for Hutch’s violence, Yulian awakens the dark side of the suburban warrior and ignites a war of escalation between the two men.
THE GOOD / THE BAD
I admit that the action film genre is one of my favorites. Well, I wouldn’t say it’s my personal favorite genre of all time, but it’s definitely in my top three. As I mentioned above, the overall narrative aspect of the “one man army” is quite enjoyable (to me); shows this pointless but entertaining thread of this “exaggerated” ridiculousness. Yes, sometimes these types of movies can be a bit belligerent at times and a few scenarios and sequences can be absolutely incredible, but that’s the kind of action escapism I’m looking for. At least to my knowledge, the entire “one-man army” sub-genre started as early as the ’80s, which was fine, but really shone in a lot of action films in the’ 90s. A time when action films shaped the entire decade. Nevertheless, these films were incorporated into the cinematic narrative well into the era of the cinema films of the 2000s / 2010s, and the film project is still being shot today. All in all, love them or not, the vigilante / one man army is here to stay and (if you let you) can be a lot of fun for some pointless popcorn action entertainment.
That brings me back to talking Nobody, a 2021 action thriller and the newest venture in this vigilant one-man army variant. After the release of John Wick: Chapter 3 – ParabellumI was looking forward (like many) to the next entry in the series. The way to see, of course John Wick: Chapter 4 is a bit gone. Hence, I turned to this particular film that I have heard from time to time on the various film websites that I visit frequently. I watch the movie trailer for Nobody quite a lot as the preview often plays during the late 2020 / early 2021 season when I go to my local movie theater for my weekly “movie time” trip. From the trailer alone, it looked like it was something like that John Wick Movies, but less stylish and more confident about its premise. Still, for what it was worth Nobody definitely had my interest. However, I didn’t go to my cinema right away when it first released as I was a bit busy with my schedule. So I decided to wait a few weeks later to watch this action movie. And what did I think of it? It was a fun movie to be honest. Despite the lack of substance in its plot and characters, Nobody is pointless yet entertaining, fun and worth a visit. It’s not the best vigilante “one-man army” venture of recent times, but it’s still worth the price of admission.
Nobody The director is Ilya Naishuller, who has previously made several video short films (The paramedic, The weekend: false positive, and Biting elbows: for the kill) as well as the feature film Hardcore Henry Perhaps what is the most interesting aspect of Naishuller’s directing on this project is the simple fact that it is his second film directing project. Hardcore Henry was a kind of experimental film; shows some unique shots / sequences within its cinematic endeavor, but is a bit shaky at times. So in terms of directing skills, Naishuller actually does a better job at dealing Nobody of what he did Hardcore Henry;; Manufacturing Nobody the superior film of the two. Similar to the some of the John Wick Movies were a little more aware of the ridiculousness of one-man vigilance. Naishuller doesn’t seem to approach anyone in the same way. Use the over-the-top scenario to work in favor of the feature and be aware of how goofy, yet action packed, the Hutch Mansell story is. Because of this, Naishuller is allowed to jump right into some of the violent aspects very quickly and is quite amused at how “bigger than life” it is supposed to be. make the whole experience fun. I also liked that Naishuller didn’t make the main actor invincible. Yes, he was a fatal assassin and he knew what to do in a fight, but Naishuller made sure the character got a bit more vulnerable and hurt, which I kind of liked.
This, of course, brings out the main attraction of the film which (of course) is the plot. Similar to in Hardcore HenryNaishuller certainly knows how to stage an action sequence, and that in Nobody. effectively chorograph all kinds of fights, from fistfights to shootouts, which ultimately have this type of “tongue and cheek” conversation. Thus, the action sequences are plentiful and provide the “over the top” entertainment that works in favor of the feature. After all, the film feels pretty airy. Sure, there are issues with narrative structure and character development (more on that below), but for the most part, Naishuller keeps the feature slim and moving forward…. never really feel sluggish. In addition, the running time of the feature is only 92 minutes (one hour and thirty-two minutes) and ensures that the film runs calmly. Getting in and out of the movie. All in all, I think Naishuller did a pretty good job Nobody as his second feature film.
In its technical presentation Nobody is solid and lasts from start to finish. Of course, the film doesn’t offer lavish set pieces or sprawling landscapes with views of the view, but the film looks decent enough for this particular type of business by showing the right amount of nuances and aspects of the background setting. from Hutch’s suburban family home to Yulian’s nightclub apartment and all the different places in between. So, Nobody Background corresponds to the industry standard for a film in this subgenre. Where Nobody Excellent in its presentation are the various choreographed action sequences which (as mentioned above) include a variety of brawls, shootouts, and hand-to-hand combat that overall fit quite well. Hence, the overall movement and staging of these series of events is top notch and should be commended. While the score of the film, composed by David Buckley, is good and adequate for most scenes, the real winner in the film’s film category lies in the selection of the film’s soundtrack songs, which features some memorable songs in some of the Movies used are action battle sequences of the movie. Very unique and amusing at the same time…. kind of reminds me like that Dead Pool Films did it.
Unfortunately, despite its many action gunslinging and violent antics, Nobody doesn’t quite get over the hill and faces some noticeable criticisms in his commitment and execution. For starters, as I mentioned above, there’s no denying that the setup / premise of the movie adapts to the John Wick Franchise…. Willy-nilly. There’s no denying that this particular film relies heavily on Keanu Reeves’ traits of his Mr. Wick character and all of the insane “exaggerated” violence and struggle he gets into. As mentioned earlier, this belongs to Nobody genetically Makeup and I think Naishuller wants to convey throughout the film. That being said, the movie plays out more like a “John Wick Lite” company. offers a slightly “watered down” version that contains many similar beats, including the main protagonist “Everyday Life He Tries to Live through”, a catalyst event where the main character lets go, a Russian gangster antagonist, and so on and so forth. You can see the familiarity and it’s pretty clear that Naishuller takes a lot of pointers and leverage from that John Wick. It’s not a “beat-for-beat” clone of the 2014 film, but many nuances and aesthetics are unmistakable. That makes Nobody feel like a poor man’s version of John Wickwhether you can see it or not, and creates a couple of problematic problems.
One of the problems is the story itself, which seems to skip quite often. While the narrative thread of Hutch Mansell’s journey is pretty straightforward, Nobody does a lot of “skipping” through its history; There are many time leaps within a few assembly sequences. Sure, these sequences can be a bit amusing at times (again, the selection of the musical songs takes place here), but this makes the story of the film feel a bit thin, as if the Naishuller doesn’t have enough substance to make the film whole. Of course, Naishuller tries to get around this, but the film often feels a bit uneven, which leads to a few speed issues and chunks of plot missing … as if the final cut of Nobody Fragments are missing. The script of the film, which was written by Derek Kolstad, also plays a role in this review. Finding the written story is a little too easy than setup for the majority of Nobody Feeling absent. This results in the Hutch Mansell story being sketched rather limp and rather thinly despite the self-awareness of the ridiculous plot / violence; Play on the conventional nature of the action vigilante angle, but it lacks substance, especially when you examine both story and character evolutions. Usually, action films get an easy pass-through (i.e. they focus more on the action spectacle than the narrative) and Nobody this term falls on a “T”. That being said, I kind of wish the film had more substance and that I could benefit from the feature.
The occupation Nobody has some recognizable names appended to this movie, but most of them are either underutilized on the project or have very little material to play around with. It is easy to see, however, that most of these acting talents involved in film enjoy playing their respective roles and share in the “fun” of participating in such a project. Who actually doesn’t fit into this form and who actually turns out to be the best / most memorable player in Nobody is the actor Bob Odenkirk, who plays the main protagonist of Hutch Mansell. Known for his roles in breaking Bad, Better call Saul, and Incredible 2, Odenkirk isn’t exactly known as a leading man in the action genre as this is his first attempt at speaking. Thankfully, he’s pretty good at the role of Hutch and gives the film a solid lead from start to finish. Like the film itself, Odenkirk knows what kind of character performance is needed and plays that notion with Hutch. Projecting the right amount of hard grain, which is a mix of sassy and snarky attitudes (suppressed by Odenkirk’s subtle, downcast demeanor) to create an amusing character. Of course, writing the substance behind Hutch is pretty straightforward, but it can be overlooked by Odenkirk’s accomplishment. In the end, Odenkirk’s portrayal of Hutch makes the movie funny and becomes one of the most memorable characters in Nobody.
While Odenkirk’s Hutch turns out to be the best the film has to offer, actor Aleksey Serebryakov does worst than the film’s antagonist, Yulian Kuznetsov, a ferocious Russian gangster that Hutch draws anger out of. While I’m not saying Serebryakov, who is known for his roles in Van Goghs, charge 200, and McMafiais a terrible actor or discredits his acting skills, but he’s just too cartoonish and goofy to be taken seriously in the movie; makes his portrayal of Yulian pretty cheesy. Of course, both he and the script (as well as Naishuller’s direction) try to make the character an unstable individual. unpredictable in its behavior and make for an unpredictable main villain. It all comes out a bit shaky, however; Turning Yulian into a vicious cartoon rather than a sizable threat. In addition, the character plays the annoying cliché tropes of a Russian kingpin gangster, which makes Yulian rather formulaic and uninteresting.
Who does better are some of the film’s supporting cast, with particular interest coming from veteran veteran actor Christopher Llyod as David Mansell, Hutch’s elderly father / retired FBI agent. Similar to what I said about Llyod who is known for his roles in the EU Back to the Future Trilogy as well Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and Addams family, in my review of the film Elder momentLloyd has had a great and illustrious career in Hollywood. Although his acting performance has been limited recently due to his age. I was definitely delighted to see Llyod again in this film. Personally, he was great as Hutch’s father and definitely played a memorable supporting role in the film as David. For me, Llyod’s involvement in this role was the unique, self-assured fun of the role … and on the one hand I liked it. This category also includes the rapper / actor RZA, who plays Harry, Hutch’s withdrawn half-brother. In comparison, and by these two, Harry is shortened by RZA because his screen time is more limited and more is heard than seen continuously Nobody. However, he makes a more lasting impression than most of the others.
Unfortunately, most of the other supporting characters are in the film, including actress Connie Nielsen (gladiator and wonder Mrs) as Hutch’s wife Beca Mansell, actor Gage Munroe (Hotel Transylvania: The Series and brotherhood) as Hutch’s son Blake Mansell, actress Paisley Cadorath (who makes her acting debut with this film) as Hutch’s daughter Abby Mansell, actor Colin Salmon (arrow and Mortal engines) as Hutch’s former government official, known simply as “The Barber”, actor Aleksandr Pal (Hardcore Henry and Rag union) as Yulian’s younger brother Teddy Kuznetsov, actor Michael Ironside (Starship Troopers and Total recall) as Hutch’s father-in-law / boss Eddie Williams and actor Billy MacLellan (The wide and the silence) when Eddie’s son and Hutch’s brother-in-law Charlie Williams are unfortunately underutilized in the film. The acting talents of these supporting actors are good, but neither the direction of the film nor the script of the feature film doesn’t give these particular players much room to work with just material. makes them quite boring and utterly memorable, although some have scenes of little importance in the film.
After Hutch Mansell says goodbye to a life full of violence and is fed up with the gentle existence of everyday life, he unleashes his inner anger and takes on a Russian gangster and his executors in the film Nobody. The latest film from director Ilya Naishuller shows the fun action subgenre. Projecting a better balance between subversive action and comedy as the film progresses and implementing an amusing concept that seems more of a hit than a flop. While the film struggles with character development, setup concept, and a memorable antagonist, with its over-the-top action and violence, funny use of music, Odenkirk’s performance, and the self-confidence of the feature, the film makes no strides in taking itself too seriously. Personally, this film was good. Yes, you can clearly see the similarities with that John Wick Franchise and some of the feature’s missteps are rough around the edges, but the featured theatrical package of the offer was fun and amusing (at face value). So my recommendation for this film would be a fun “recommendation,” especially for fans of the watchful action subgenre endeavors or something to pass the time to John Wick Chapter 4 comes out. The end of the film leaves the narrative open to a possible sequel for a Nobody potential franchise that I definitely see working, but it’s still a little early to call out in my opinion. Even if you don’t get through Nobody stands as a funny but flawed guilty pleasure of the vigilant-looking variety; Drumming entertainment needs within his violent acts of “one-man” army nature.
3.7 out of 5 (recommended)
Published on: March 26, 2021
Reviewed on: May 4, 2021
Nobody is 92 minutes long and is rated R for strong violence and bloody image, language and short drug use