“Nobody” (US Rated R)
Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, Aleksey Serebryakov, Christopher Lloyd, RZA
Where to watch: Video on Demand
The temptation is great to tell you to “see the ‘Without Remorse’ review” from a couple weeks ago for what to make of the action/thriller “Nobody”.
Their premises are remarkably similar: family man goes berserk when bad things happen to said family.
But while “Without Remorse” with Michael B. Jordan was primarily a dark and dour, video game-inspired killing festival, “Nobody” is a light and breezy, video game-inspired killing festival.
Similar to the original “John Wick” (2014), the cynical and jaded look “Nobody” seems to take to family life and aging, coupled with its warped sense of humor, help to elevate it a bit from the many other revenge/vengeance actions flicks cranked out every few years.
Multiple Emmy-nominee Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”) plays Hutch Mansell, who fails to defend himself or his family when two thieves break into his suburban home one night. The aftermath of the incident soon strikes a match to his long-simmering rage. In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must now save his wife and son from a dangerous adversary – and ensure that he will never be underestimated again.
Without any remorse – pardon the pun – “Nobody” celebrates the obliteration of the movie’s countless bad guys in music video fashion, with slow-motion and rock songs.
The bad guys are Russians, just like in “Without Remorse” (and like “John Wick”, for that matter). And they are especially awful, particularly psychopath mobster Yulian (Aleksey Serebryakov), who is beyond ruthless and merciless. But he’s also so ridiculous that he’s amusing. It also contributes to the sense that the film is not to be taken too seriously.
And that’s important to remember. Deep down this is a pretty sick and twisted picture. And if you try to analyze it beyond its purely entertainment purposes, you may come to some very sad and depressing conclusions about the state of society. So, don’t do that!
Just let go and let “Nobody” be a brief respite from reality – a guilty pleasure you can enjoy truly “without remorse”!
• Dwight Strachan is the host/producer of “Morning Blend” on Guardian Radio and station manager. He is a television producer and writer, and an avid TV history and film buff. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on twitter @morningblend969.