Nobody | A Slick, Stylish, Fun, Action Film
Who’d have thought that Bob Odenkirk had it in him to be a great action star? Nobody proves that Odenkirk can do action really well and with absolute ease despite being almost 60 years old and he can make it great fun whilst doing so.
Nobody follows Hutch Mansell (Odenkirk) a nobody- he’s an overlooked, suburban dad but one night two thieves break into his home and his rage is ignited and he embarks on a brutal path of death and destruction and secrets about his past start to get uncovered. Along the way we see Odenkirk beat up a gang of thugs on a bus to protect a girl, as well as taking on the Russian mob in what’s the best action film of the year.
The whole film is really stylish, with lots of the big set-pieces taking place against well-known and recognisable music which really adds a bit of flare to the film. There’s lots of gory kills, slo-mo and so much that makes the film really entertaining and fun to watch. There’s plenty of action scattered throughout the 92-minute runtime, and whether this was intentional or not, the action seems to escalate as the film goes on so by the time you reach the film’s climax, the action is of such a high quality, and it really gets your heart racing, adding a sense of the increasing scale and stakes as the film progresses.
That being said, all of the action in the film is superb and so well-choreographed. It feels gritty and it’s intense with lots of blood, but the film also manages to maintain this really clear energy and sense of fun and entertainment to the action. Whilst there is strong violence and blood, the action never feels like it’s too heavy or too much. It’s at just the right level that Nobody is so much fun and so entertaining that it’s impossible to watch it and not have an absolute blast of a time.
One thing that immediately sticks out with Nobody however is that it feels slightly derivative and a bit of a copy of John Wick. Seeing the film’s trailer and poster when they were first released a few months ago immediately had people saying that it looks like a John Wick rip-off. And after watching the film, it’s clear that John Wick must’ve been quite key in the creation and production of this film. In fact, the John Wick trilogy and Nobody were both written by the same person. But despite the similarities- and there are lots, e.g Russian gangster villains and a home invasion leading to a killing spree to name a few- the reason why Nobody works and is so good without feeling like a poor man’s John Wick is because of Bob Odenkirk. He’s so great and brings so much character and charisma to Hutch that Nobody is wholly compelling and manages to recreate the success and excitement of the John Wick films.
Whilst the tone and the feel of Nobody does differ quite a bit from the John Wick franchise, with the latter being much more intense and focussed on the fantastic world-building at play, the main problem you get when watching Nobody is that it does just feel that bit too familiar. It’s a fairly simple film and it’s not meant to be too much more than an entertaining popcorn flick but its familiarity is what gets in the way and stops Nobody from being an outstanding film. It’s great fun and thoroughly entertaining, it just can’t escape the familiarity of other, similar action films.
Nobody is a slick, stylish, fun action film that isn’t afraid to go down the route of gritty and tense action scenes and it’s a blast to watch. It’s action-packed and so entertaining making it one of the best films of the year so far.
Nobody is released in UK cinemas on Wednesday June 9th.
Five Reasons To Love ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’
Back in 2014, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened into theaters with a mixed reception from critics and audiences and has been deemed as the least desirable of the Spidey movies. In the film, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) must face off against another villain who has been given the name Electro. Moreover, our brave hero uncovers some bizarre mysteries surrounding his parents.
Many fans of the series view the film as an overcrowded mess, but I think it might be the most entertaining of all the Spidey films, until No Way Home arrived, and here are five reasons why that remains true.
First and foremost, Garfield is always a delight to have in the Spidey outfit. His charisma and witty banter is almost what makes the film truly great. I have always said that he was the best Spider-Man and this movie proves it with his ability to elevate any scene from dull slog to a comedic venture.
Spidey, in this particular movie, embodies the hero in the original comics with his incessant need to make a fast-talking quip to one of his enemies. There is nothing better than a comic-book character sticking true to his essence and spirit of its source material.
Despite what many people say about the villains, Jamie Foxx as the supercharged baddie Electro proves to be a formidable opponent for the web-head, with his omnipotent powers and overly-powered nature. More than that, Max Dillon is depicted as a quiet, shy loner who is invisible to other people. He is essentially a nobody, until he falls into a vat of electrically-charged eels and becomes the sinister villain Electro.
To better understand a villain, you must understand their plight and Electro’s plight is that of a rags-to-riches success story and the visual effects are certainly something to marvel at.
This article wouldn’t be complete if I decided not to talk about the exhilarating action that embodied the film. Whether we see Spidey chasing down a truck with Oscorp’s product or a massive fight inside a grid that seems like a colossal feat for any Marvel film, the film can take a lot of pride in its action sequences.
One can also never forget the massive and iconic battle sequence between Electro and Spidey in Time Square that seems impossible to be made.
While he remains a secondary villain, Dane Dehaan’s Green Goblin is still noteworthy. Dehaan portrays Harry Osborne who is left with his dead father Norman’s life work and stumbles upon a Goblin serum that enhances his speed, strength, and intelligence.
His little spat with Spider-Man is certainly befitting for the dark, moody tone of the film and entertaining for plenty of comic fans with zippy action and certified intensity. In the end, he is also responsible for the death of Spidey’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy.
Gwen Stacy Death
Speaking of Gwen Stacy, this is the only Spidey film that features his love interest dying. As he battles the Green Goblin, Spidey attempts to hold on to Stacy, literally, by a thread in the clocktower. However, when the thread snaps, Spidey is able to snag her in mid-air but the whiplash of the fall snaps her neck, killing her.
What might be the saddest moment in any Spider-Man film, was brought to life in this extraordinary scene that silenced an entire generation of Spider-Man fans.
Anthony Hopkins to Lead Peacock Gladiator Drama ‘Those About to Die’
Peacock is one of the streamers that has yet to break through in terms of their original content getting recognized for awards contention. One such series that might change that fate for the streaming service is Those About to Die and it’s starting to build out its cast. According to Variety, 2-time Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs, The Father) is the first to join the drama series which comes from Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow). Saving Private Ryan screenwriter Robert Rodat will script the series.
Hopkins will play the character known as Emperor Vespasian in the series which is set in the world of gladiatorial battle. It will be an ensemble drama following many different Roman characters that will set forth for violent affairs in the arena among other complexities such as political power and corruption so expect a starry cast for this Peacock drama. Hopkins’ character is described as “despised by the Patricians jockeying for position in the Empire and looking to supplant his heirs to the throne the first chance they get. Vespasian became the Roman emperor after a ten-year civil war. We expect to get more casting news soon as the show will begin filming in Rome in March.
Anthony Hopkins is coming off a terrific performance in James Gray’s Armageddon Time in 2022 after winning his second Academy Award for his role in The Father the year prior. He’ll next voice a character in Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon for Netflix and also will star in British drama One Life alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Jonathan Pryce. Emmerich is coming off directing the sci-fi disaster film, Moonfall in 2022.
‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Adds Oscar-Nominee William H. Macy
The Planet of the Apes trilogy headlined by Andy Serkis from the 2010s can be argued as one of the best trilogies of all-time. The technological advances made from motion capture helped actors completely transform into the apes with their interactions with human characters making the story rawer and more emotional. Now, 20th Century Studios will jump back into the world of apes with their latest, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Deadline reports that William H. Macy (Shameless, Fargo) will round out the cast for the newest chapter of the franchise.
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes takes place many years after the conclusion of War for the Planet of the Apes being led by an entirely new cast that includes Owen Teague, Freya Allan and Peter Macon. Details are currently unknown on whether Macy will be playing a human character or an ape. The film series has grossed almost $2 billion dollars for the studio so it’s no surprise that they’re aiming to make more Apes fims.
Macy is coming off his biggest role ever in Showtime’s series, Shameless for which he played Frank Gallagher and was nominated for 6 Emmy Awards for his performance over 11 seasons. Macy is also a former Oscar-nominee for his lead role in the Coen Brothers classic, Fargo. Since then, he’s amassed tons of parts including most recently in Hulu’s The Dropout and a guest spot on the ABC sitcom, The Conners. Macy will next appear in the film, Maybe I Do with Emma Roberts, Diane Keaton, Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon.
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