"If only the censor board had allowed Samuel L. Jackson's swearing to echo within the theatre," I consistently thought to myself as I sat through the Hitman's Bodyguard. While the story is more or less a rehash of an 80s buddy-cop film featuring a hitman and a bodyguard instead of the law enforcers, the formulaic storyline works due to the new dynamic it brings in.

Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds brings his charm and humor to the table as Michael Bryce, a "Triple A" standard protection agent whose livelihood and family life go out the window after a client meets his end at the hands of a sniper. Fast forward to two years, he is brought back into the elite game by his Interpol agent ex-girlfriend (Elodie Yung) to protect Darius Kincaid played by Samuel L. Jackson.

Kincaid agrees to testify in court against the dictator of Belarus, Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) who is being prosecuted for crimes against humanity. Thus ensues a hilarious, yet adrenaline pumped race against time where Bryce tries to get Kincaid to the Hague, while staying alive from the dictator's henchmen.

The chemistry between Reynolds and Jackson triggered a belly-cramp inducing stay for me during the two hours, and despite the cliché plotline and censoring (who on Earth doesn't like it when Sam L. Jackson swears?? It's one of the sweetest sounds imo), I found myself immensely enjoying this action comedy.

The Hitman's Bodyguard is now in theatres - Savoy Premiere, Wellawatte and Excel 3D, Colombo 10.

By Akash Sk