Nobody (2021) movie review
Nobody is an action/thriller from Hardcore Henry (2015) director Ilya Naishuller and John Wick series (2014-) writer Derek Kolstad. The film stars Bob Odenkirk as Hutch, a former “auditor” turned everyday family man who, after failing to stop a home invasion, begins to regress as he becomes entangled with a Russian crime boss. Nobody opens today, and while the critical reception for the film is luke-warm, the strong ratings from audiences look to finally deliver competition for Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon at the box office. At least until Godzilla vs. Kong next week…
Nobody is exactly what is advertised: A fun, well-made, but fairly generic action film that acts as the well cooked ribeye to the filet mignon that is John Wick. Don’t like straight-forward action movies? Well Nobody probably isn’t for you. Now the question becomes, is Nobody worth going to see? Yes. Yes it is. As I stated before, it’s no John Wick. But it is a very fun and entertaining film that isn’t coming to any streaming service any time soon! As far as I know anyway…
Now there’s really only one way to talk about this film: Do the very typical aspects of Nobody outweigh the very atypical aspects? Good or bad, everything in this film feels like it could be tossed in one of those two. And when it comes to clichés, there are more than a few. The entire setup is very convenient, but movies gotta movie. But more so than the typical every-man action setup, the lengths this film goes to get going feel like a stretch.
Of course several elements in the film follow in the vein of ordinary, including a by-the-numbers villain and somewhat predictable finale. But as average as the film feels, it is also just a load of fun! Bob Odenkirk gives his all and absolutely carries the conflicted everyman suddenly enjoying a relapse into his violent past. He also really carries the moments of conflict that the film needs to develop Hutch beyond, well, a nobody.
And while I would LOVE to talk about Nobody even more, if you can’t tell, I’m already stretched pretty thin. It’s a well made film with a great lead, some solid humor, great action, and plenty of fun and violence for the whole family! (Okay maybe not the family part.) But it does have its predictable moments throughout, including a setup that honestly doesn’t connect as well as it could. But in the end, if all you want is a good time, you could do alot worse than Nobody! It’s fun, a little forgettable, but totally worth the 92 minutes in the end. 7/10.
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-review by Ryan Prince