From the creator of John Wick comes ‘Nobody’. A story about a….. nobody? At least from the beginning of the movie we think so. Bob Odenkirk shines as an ordinary man with a vigilante dark side. The perfect casting for both normality and badassery.
This fast-paced action movie is a standout compared to others in recent years. Perfecting not only casting but action, comedy and heart.
Odenkirk plays Hutch Mansell, a father living an average life, working at his father-in-law’s factory. A natural provider, though his marriage is glum, there’s still a sense of more that Hutch wants. Hinting at a past life and a previous identity. Potentially digging out of his disappointments in search for something more exciting, to say the least.
One night, his house is broken into. The director Ilya Naishuller gives us clues of Mansell’s pristine awareness. He’s able to identify the situation and react properly. Choosing de-escalation instead of violence. Although there’s a price, his family’s respect.
All seemed like just another disappointment, until a missing kitty-cat bracelet of his daughters becomes the last straw. Mixing humor with the heart and awakening the real story. Hutch embodies his lust for revenge and gets back into the swing of things. As he says in the film “there’s a long dormant piece of me, now awake”.
After a memorable bus fight scene. Hutch ends up paralyzing the brother of a highly connected and funded sociopath. A Russian mob enforcer Yulian (Aleksey Serebryakov), who proves to be a match. Taking the fight back to Mansell and his family. Only to find out that’s just what Hutch needed and how he likes it. He’s a nobody after all.
‘Nobody’ is a blast from start to finish. Playing to its action and comedy while teaching you to never judge a book by its cover. With only an hour and half runtime wishing for more yet it’s perfect just the way it is. Bob Odenkirk is such a fun and creative action star with shades of the John Wick style storytelling. What’s there not to love?