If you ever wondered what manner of film would result from the teaming of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, look no further than The Hitman's Bodyguard. From Patrick Hughes, the man who most notably brought us yet another Expendables sequel a few years back, this is a solid buddy flick revolving around Reynolds' character needing to protect Jackson's as Jackson prepares to testify against a ruthless dictator played by the usually-reliable Gary Oldman. Action ensues, hilarity is frequent, and the personalities of both leads are a near-perfect match. Oldman, who normally inhabits his roles with the greatest of ease whether portraying friend or foe, adopts a terrible accent and a bad decision to play his character as exaggerated as possible, which may cause audiences to unintentionally chuckle at a rare example of Gary Oldman phoning it in. Salma Hayek, however, as Jackson's love interest is something of a badass, and while not every intentionally foul line that escapes her lips sticks the landing, overall she does well, as does Elodie Yung as Reynolds' former lover/ally, though her performance does occasionally dip into some fairly average waters and is, by all accounts, a lackluster follow-up role to her appearance as Elektra on Marvel's/Netflix's Daredevil. I wouldn't know. I haven't made it that far yet.
At its heart, The Hitman's Bodyguard is a rather harmless movie, one which plays tribute to the great action classics that have preceded it before the turn of the millennium, rich with all the twisty backstabbing that unfortunately does become somewhat confusing at times, as well as ultimately very cliche.
I wish I could say more, but that's honestly all I can think of at the moment. As a side note, I did once work with someone named Patrick Hughes, and I sincerely doubt this is the same person who directed The Hitman's Bodyguard. I can't say for sure, but my guess is no.