nobody

★★★★★

director: Ilya Naishuller (debut)

starring: bob odenkirk, connie nielsen, J.P. Manoux and christopher lloyd

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord.

One thing that I’ve missed from the cinemascape during the Covid outbreak is the slew of action films that hit cinemas around summer time (NZ’s winter). They are popcorn crowd pleasers, that packed cinemas can get completely caught up in and thoroughly entertained. However, Nobody is so much more than your standard Hollywood action flick. Nobody is a completely fresh take on the action flick with bone crunching, organ poppin’ blood splattered action that will thrill and entertain you all while having you in a fit of side splitting laughter.

 

Hutch Mansell fails to defend himself or his family when two thieves break into his suburban home one night. The aftermath of the incident soon strikes a match to his long-simmering rage. In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must now save his wife and son from a dangerous adversary -- and ensure that he will never be underestimated again.

 

You couldn’t get more everyman than Hutch Mansell. He has the dreary 9 - 5 job, with a monotonous commute which is partially assisted by constant consumption of coffee. He and his wife pass through each other's lives like strangers in the night and after an attempted burglary of his home his son begins to despise him. His hamster wheel existence is all played out in a creative and at times funny sequence which is spliced artfully together. And Bob Odenkirk is the perfect guy to play such a character, but we will get to that later.

 

What follows this invasion of Hutch’s home is a continuing escalation of violence that while it treads close to the excessive, is always brought back by its targeted brutality, fresh and inventive action sequences that can at times bring with it side splitting laughter. 

 

Without the steady hands of director Ilya Naishuller this could have been a stock standard action thriller instead of the thoroughly fresh and entertaining romp that this film truly is. The other element that Nobody has in its corner is Bob Odenkirk. 

 

He completely sells the everyman vibe, never descending into the despondency of his lifeless existence at the beginning of the film nor the blood thirsty madness of his character in the final frames of the film. He is completely even keeled, truly likeable and all accompanied with a dry wit. 

 

Nobody is a completely fresh take on the action flick with bone crunching, organ poppin’ blood splattered action that will thrill and entertain you all while having you in a fit of side splitting laughter.

★★★★★

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