History: Hutch Mansell is a typical suburb of nebbish. Nobody takes him seriously, everyone passes in front of him, even his family does not pay much attention to him, except for his charming little girl. All this changes one night when burglars break into his house. He does nothing that disappoints his wife and son. This disappointment-along with years when he hasn’t made such subtle digs of everyone around him-turns his switch into a finisher. Like the one he was before he gave it all up. Get ready; as Paul Thomas Anderson might say, there will be blood.
Genre I would put it in: surprise Badass Actioners
Remake, sequel, based on or Original: Original, although it was written by Derek Kolstad, the guy who brought us John Wick.
I have to say: this Movie is damn adorable. (Literally) you will enjoy every second. I know because I did. Nobody is given a wild ride without seat belts and quarters. Here there is roughness at the level of comics. No, scratch it; Manga-level roughness. Batshit crazy, “there is no way it would actually work in real life” – level of roughness. Mythbusters-Level Of roughness. But this is the Glory of this Kind of Films. We are here for the good guy who gives a class to the bad guys. And young howdy does not deliver anyone.
But first, I have to help you all; I have never seen any of John Wick’s films. I heard about the puppy, and I could not do it … and so I thought I would miss a bit of postponement in the sequels. I saw Bits and liked those Bits. But, well. Now you know. So, when did the creators of Wick drop this Movie into my lap? I couldn’t wait to see him. And I can’t wait to see him again. I buy you this. No Questions.
Hutch’s collapse/rebirth setup in the finisher he was is a slow burn. Director Ilya Naishuller (Henry Hardcore) Cooks at the beginning of the film with his quick-fire adaptations (kudos to Evan Schiff and William Yeh for this Whipsmart montage) that show the passage of time and monotonous repeatability of Hutch’s life. Writer Kolstad uses narrative first-person voice-over to communicate what Hutch thinks, and the dark comic sense of dialogue works wonderfully with what is happening on screen(or is about to disappear). Cameraman / DP Pawel Porgozelski (Midsommar) illuminates the darkest scenes and allows us to see what is happening while dirt and filth hit us even during night shots. I remember the triumvirate of the cameraman from Akira Kurosawa’s films Asakazu Nakai, Takao Saito and Shōji Ueda; Porgozelski nails this level of color and darkness, lightness and blood.
Then there’s Odenkirk. You saw Breaking Bad and you better call Saul, Right? Of course you have. So you know that this man can flip a switch, like Nobody cares. Odenkirk plays the unfortunate jewels with deadpan seriously through the first third of the film…et then pow. It is icy and absolutely deadly. Okay, so he needs a little warm – up-the scene on the Bus that launches his finishing spree is full of missed opportunities and shots that Hutch takes, takes and takes. But just like Bruce Lee in a Climax movie, after that Beat down, boy, he gets back. It is realistic as hell, as it gets almost as good as it gives. Almost. And it is roughness that in no way glorifies roughness. It’s dirty, fragile and chaotic. A action in which no one wants to participate in a clear mind. And that’s the Point. That smile on Hutch’s face when he decides to let go? It is dark, grateful, longing for liberation, and more than a little sad. He knows what will happen and how it will change him. Although he longs for liberation, he also fears it.
I saw this Movie during a total downpour. It was a dark and rainy day. I thought I’d sit down and make a Movie about myself. But in the first few minutes, I was packed. And when did the action begin? I knew nothing but what was happening on the screen. Nobody is the kind of Movie that attracts you, and you will gladly go. Happy. Need some adrenaline now? Yes, you do. Here he is. You are welcome.