Filmmaker Ilya Naishullerfeature film debut, Henry Hardcore, may have divided audiences on his narrative and first-person perspective. Still, it was hard to dismiss the phenomenal action sequences and high-octane action styles. To follow up, Naishuller drops the trick and joins John wick Writer Derek Kolstad to deliver a dark comedy action thriller that keeps its stylized carnage on full display. No one It doesn’t reinvent the action thriller wheel, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously either, making for an immensely entertaining experience.
The eponymous nobody is Hutch Mansell (Bob odenkirk), a mild-mannered family man who takes life’s blows without complaint. One night, a pair of burglars break into her house, resulting in a confrontation between the burglars, her teenage son (Gage monroe), and himself ending with Hutch choosing passivity. That drives his son away and seems to cause his wife Becca (Connie Nielsen) to get further away. Almost everyone around Hutch offers emasculating comments, and a later moment finally unleashes his simmering rage. Violence erupts, sending Hutch through a series of events that put him squarely in the crosshairs of a Russian crime boss seeking brutal retribution.
No one draws from some notable genre tropes. The beleaguered family man passed his breaking point and on a quest for revenge he reads like many other thrillers. That Hutch hides a dark past steeped in ruthless violence, one she left behind out of love, will bring obvious comparisons to John wick. Naishuller and Kolstad forge a different path by injecting humor, lovingly poking fun at these familiar tropes through subversion. The goal is to deliver a raucous moment that leaves you with a big smile on your face, whether it’s through pitch-black comedy or bone-breaking action sequences that take your breath away.
Odenkirk is perfectly chosen, almost against the guy, as the antihero. Hutch may not initially seem like a vicious killer, and he has to get back to him after he retires. Odenkirk handles the choreography of the fight with attractive plausibility. It helps that Hutch takes almost as much punishment as he dispenses, but mostly it’s in Odenkirk’s comedic range – watching Hutch play games and sharing personal anecdotes with dying foes never goes out of style.
Any true action hero gets help along the way, leading to greater pitcher brilliance against the guy. Christopher Lloyd He plays the father who lives in a Hutch retirement home, injecting his comedy style into the fold while being given moments to shine. RZA He also appears to offer invaluable help. Rather, the narrative briefly plays with the expectations of By Michael Ironside Reputation as a tough guy character actor. However, don’t look for too much depth or character development. That includes the big and bad Yulian (Aleksey Serebryakov), a stereotypical villain who always seems to be two steps behind his skilled opponent.
That Yulian is not convincing or intimidating contributes to the film’s overall low stakes. Despite Hutch’s battered body, his wit, adaptability, and hitman professionalism mean you never wonder if he’ll be successful. The real question is how, and the answer is with style: Naishuller creates exhilarating, propelling action sequences and mounting parts. The hyper-stylization and bloodshed are based on the humor of the gallows, with drops of needles intended to provoke laughter. It works.
The Latest from Naishuller is a lean action thriller packed with visceral violence and biting humor. There isn’t an ounce of fat or depth in terms of narrative, and the central villain lacks any real presence. None of that matters much when it is evident that this cast led by Odenkirk is having fun. It’s contagious from the opening scene where Hutch pulls a kitten out of her coat while in an interrogation room; A wild ride awaits you that never stops. It’s the precise kind of brutally funny and crowd-pleasing action thriller that leaves you eager to follow the Hansells on any blood-filled journey.
No one Theatrical releases on March 26, 2021.