Bob Odenkirk-starrer is solid action thriller, but doesn’t change the game-Entertainment News, Firstpost


While the final moment of the film seems to be a nod to the audience about a possible sequel, one can ask a question: is this something that I would like to see again?

I take a big part of the success of a movie like Ilya Naishuller’s No one can be measured by the credibility of his “gimmick” after about half an hour in the movie. Especially the one who could be dismissed as “John Wick, with Bob Odenkirk”. Written by Derek Kolstad, the man behind the John wick the universe, the vanity of No one is thin: Odenkirk plays a “badass”. The Indian equivalent of Odenkirk could be Pankaj Tripathi, taking part in a bone-crushing action, wielding a knife like a sadistic surgeon, and shooting with the momentum of someone really, really deranged. Also, imagine him staring at a group of men with bulging biceps in the confined interiors of a bus, saying something like “I’m gonna fuck you up”. How does that sound? Does this work for you? There is a good chance that you will feel the same even at the end of the movie.

Stunt coordinators turning directors into seemingly “plot-clear” action movies, where the emphasis is on painstakingly choreographed action sets, is fairly recent. Chad Stahelski won with the John wick franchise, David Leitch directed Atomic blonde (with Charlize Theron), and more recently Sam Hargrave taking the reins of Netflix Extraction. Likewise, Naishuller is an interesting choice for a director, especially if you’ve seen the ‘Bad Motherfucker’ music video, which he directed for his band. Biting elbows. The video is about a seemingly capable hitman breaking out of captivity, and it’s played out entirely in a first-person POV. It’s not a completely new idea, but the execution is impressive. Something similar could be said for Naishuller’s directorial debut.

Bob Odenkirk in Nobody. Universal Images

Bob Odenkirk plays Hutch Mansell, a middle-aged man living a lackluster suburban life. His routine is established through a well-cut edit, where Hutch goes to the rhythm of his day with familiar fatigue. Since most people have seen the trailer before watching the movie, many already know there is a “transformation” around the corner. However, let’s dwell on this montage of Hutch’s daily tasks. Morning exercise, missing the garbage truck for seconds, his wife, Rebecca’s (Connie Nielsen) disappointed tone saying “you missed the garbage”, pouring her coffee, taking the bus to work, checking in, checking in, driving home to a family that barely recognizes their presence: just another day in the life of a boring “normal” person.

But Hutch is not “normal”. It may seem like he is going through a midlife crisis, but as we soon find out that he has inflicted this midlife crisis on himself and is relishing every moment of his daily chore. As happens with any explosive shown on screen, we all know it’s going to explode at some point. Hutch too. When a couple of intruders try to steal money from him and injure their son, you can see the effort it takes to keep him calm. Even though that first trigger is resolved relatively quickly and painlessly, the * real * conflict in the movie doesn’t kick in until a few minutes later. Hutch hits a group of drunken men on a bus, one of them happens to be the brother of a dreaded Russian Mafia man Yulian Kuznetsov (Aleksey Serebryakov).

Movie reviewer Bob Odenkirkstarrer is a solid action thriller but doesn't change the game

A still from Nobody. Youtube

Yulian gets a memorable introductory scene, where he casually walks into a club wearing shiny shoes, takes the stage, and sings a karaoke hit. When a member of the crowd tells him that these chants and dances are jeopardizing his formidable reputation, he breaks his cocktail glass and carves the face and neck of someone who had disrespected him moments ago. “Do you feel confident now?” He asks the man who had previously expressed doubts.

Like any good action movie, even No one has a few scenes that look “real”. In one scene, Yulian picks up a chair and throws it at one of his henchmen. This happens in one continuous take, without looking “handled” with editing stuff. It might not be a cool slow motion scene like Neo dodging bullets by leaning back, but it is a scene that definitely elicits a “Wow! It must have hurt. This is probably a good way to test the effectiveness of an action scene. Another test that No one as, is that at the end of the first hour, it convinced me that Bob Odenkirk is an action hero, and that he is… ‘badass’.

However, it should also be noted that there are very few truly surprising moments in the film. We’re all used to the “hero” nursing issues of suppressed rage from a past life, crossing paths with an equally volatile (seemingly untouchable) man and the monumental shock that follows. Even an apparent “surprise” in the film’s climax does not seem rightfully deserved. There are some quirks like a ‘Black Russian’ character, a climax B-movie swap where someone says’ you brought a lot of guns’ and the answer is’ you have brought a lot of Russians ”.

It’s all there, but none of it is provocative like, say, the first dead Pool movie. While the final moment of the film seems to be a nod to the audience about a possible sequel, one can ask a question: is this something that I would like to see again? With minor variations here and there? It’s also the test of a memorable movie, something No one maybe not necessarily.

Rating: 3

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