Saturday 29 July 2023

Movie Review: Nobody (2021)

Genre: Action Thriller
Director: Ilya Naishuller
Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd, Aleksei Serebryakov
Running Time: 92 minutes

Synopsis: Middle-aged bookkeeper Hutch Mansell (Bob Odendrick) tolerates an average suburban life with his wife Becca (Connie Nielsen) and their teenaged son. Hutch's father David (Christopher Lloyd) is a retired FBI agent now living in a care facility. A home invasion reawakens Hutch's violent side, and he takes out his frustrations on a group of thugs terrorizing a transit bus. Unfortunately, one of his victims is the brother of Russian mobster Yulian (Aleksei Serebryakov), who does not appreciate his sibling getting kicked around.

What Works Well: Combining wild violent action with a viciously mean streak of humour, this is a much-better-than-it-needs-to-be blast of entertainment. Star and co-producer Bob Odenkirk aims for a protagonist-with-a-past conflicted within societal subterfuge and understated presence, and director Ilya Naishuller enhances the premise with playful winks resulting in a madcap hour-long payoff. The music and cinematography are often brilliant.

What Does Not Work As Well: The "Russian mobster" villain is a tired device, and some of the climactic plot points and set-piece details suffer from inattention. 

Conclusion: Nobody is most definitely a somebody.

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