More melancholy than TAKEN and far funnier than JOHN WICK, NOBODY doesn’t exactly lay new ground for films of its ilk but is really rather satisfying on its own terms. Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) is a suburban loser stuck in a rut only exacerbated his failure to protect his family during a home break-in. When Hutch lethally intervenes to protect a woman being intimidated by a gang of men on a bus, he kicks off a chain of events that brings him into conflict with the Russian mob and reveals his violent past. Yes, it’s another mild-mannered middle-aged man with a secret special set of skills, so the setup is somewhat laboured and clichéd. But once it gets going Nobody’s inventive and ultra-violent action and Odenkirk’s versatility and wry delivery win the day. Plus, it’s always nice to see Christopher Lloyd in things (as Hutch’s retired FBI dad) and getting to be far more kick-ass than usual. SSP
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