‘Nobody‘ is an action thriller directed by Ilya Naishuller and written by Derek Kolstad. It is co-produced by Bob Odenkirk and has the distinct honor of uniting critics and audiences.
Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) appears to be a normal man who has a distant wife Becca (Connie Nielsen), an obstinate teen son Blake (Gage Munroe), and a lovely young daughter Sammy (Paisley Cadorath). He has a mundane life working for his father-in-law Eddie (Michael Ironside) and his brother-in-law Charlie (Billy MacLellan). When his house is robbed and he does nothing to stop it, his son gets angry with him. Upon learning his daughter’s “kitty-cat bracelet” is stolen, he seeks out the thieves, after getting a gun from his father (Christopher Lloyd). He finds them only to leave with his watch when he sees they have a sick kid. On the bus ride home, he sees men harassing a woman and works out his frustration by beating them. He is warned by his half-brother Harry Mansell (RZA) that one of the men he beat was the brother of Yulian Kuznetsov (Aleksei Serebryakov), who now wants revenge. Now, he has to defend his family from an army of thugs wanting his head, but the real question is who is Hutch?
Kolstad is one of the creators of the John Wick films and you can see that influence. A normal guy goes to war with a crime syndicate over a seemingly insignificant thing, though it is significant to him. And while the influences are there, this is a case where I can definitely say that the movie stands on its own two legs as a feature that goes from mundane to mayhem.
For one think, Odenkirk is brilliant in this movie. He gives off the “everyman” vibe, giving the movie its charm and its wit. He portrays Hutch as a nobody, someone who forgets to take the garbage out, but has a frightful secret. The rest of the cast are excellent as well, but Christopher Lloyd was truly in rare form for this feature.
It has a certain dark comedic edge to it throughout the action sequences and along that dialogue that play very well to transpose next to the insanity that is taking place. I’ll admit not every joke was uproariously funny, but they all landed well and at least got an amused chuckle.
Bottom line, Nobody is an action flick that hits all of the right notes and has plenty of comedy to keep you going. It was a lot of fun throughout and showed that your neighbor may not be who they claim to be.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong bloody violence, Strong foul language
FAVORITE QUOTE: There’s this thing I got to do.
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