The creator of the beloved John Wick franchise brings in a hero that is essentially John Wick in suburbia with more fun and action combined.
Hutch Mansell is a family man who works for his father-in-law’s business and is seen as pretty much a regular joe. A nobody. When his house gets robbed, he doesn’t do anything despite his son tackling down one of the robbers. Hutch is ridiculed for his actions, from his family to his own brother-in-law. Hutch’s life has become humdrum. That is, until he learns his daughter has lost her kitty cat bracelet in the robbery. This becomes a trigger for Hutch, who finally decides enough is enough.
When Hutch finds the robbers, he learns they don’t have the bracelet. When he goes after a group of thugs on a bus, he makes a potential mistake. One of the thugs is the little brother of reputed Russian mobster Yulian Kuznetsov, who is in charge of the Obshak, the retirement fund for the entire Russian mob. What Yulian will soon discover is that Hutch was once known as an “auditor”, a government-trained assassin for the three-letter organizations. The last person anyone would ever want to see. Who will come out on top in this game of cat and mouse?
What if John Wick was reinvented as a family man who like Wick, had a long dormant state ready to re-emerge? That’s the basis for this violent action-comedy from the creator of the Wick franchise, Derek Kolstad. For its 92-minute running time, we get to see glimpses of our protagonist Hutch’s humdrum daily life as we see clips of what we will later in a more expanded form. Director Ilya Naishuller, the director of the first-person POV cult hit Hardcore Harry, does an amazing job at making this more than just a typical John Wick-style flick, but add beats of comedy mixed in.
Bob Odenkirk, known for his role as Jimmy McGill on Better Call Saul, is excellent in the role of Hutch, the humdrum family man who has a long dormant set of skills. Whereas John Wick is a widower with a dog, Hutch is a family man with a wife, played by Connie Nielsen, and two children. We do get shades in the opening scenes that Hutch leads on more than what is to be believed. It is when at his job, he does communicate with his brother Harry, played by the RZA. But once he learns his daughter’s bracelet is missing, the trigger is pulled from his humdrum life and Hutch is ready for action.
The film is more than just a violent action thriller, but as mentioned, there is some comic relief in the film. When a military veteran at a tattoo shop notices a certain tattoo on Hutch, he thanks him for his service followed by hiding and locking his door, with many locks. Another involves the bus fight where Hutch takes a beating but uses his skills to ultimately get the best of them. The thugs in this fight include Bloodsport sequel star Daniel Bernhardt and Kickboxer reboot franchise star Alain Moussi.
In certain spots, we see Hutch telling a story to a seriously injured thug before looking back and seeing the thug dead. This is perhaps inspired by Ted Striker’s flashback stories in Airplane, which results in the person he talks to killing themselves. It is quite funny, especially the second time it happens in the film. As if that’s not great, just watch for Christopher Lloyd’s scenes as Hutch’s dad because all are a hoot!
Nobody is essentially John Wick in suburbia with shades of comedy mixed in. It’s a fun and wild ride as we see a family man with a set of skills unleash those skills when his family is affected the most.
WFG RATING: A-
Universal Pictures presents a 87North/Dentsu/Eighty Two Films production. Director: Ilya Naishuller. Producers: Braden Aftergood, David Leitch, Bob Odenkirk, Mark Provissiero, and Kelly McCormick. Writer: Derek Kolstad. Cinematography: Pawel Pogorzelski. Editing: Evan Schiff and William Yeh.
Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd, Alexey Serebryakov, Michael Ironside, Colin Salmon, RZA, Billy MacLellan, Araya Mengesha, Gage Munroe, Paisley Cadorath, Daniel Bernhardt, Alain Moussi, Stephane Julian, Aleksandr Pal.