“Nobody” was released in 2021. (same year Squid Games streamed on Netflix) It received positive reviews from critics and movie goers alike. Besides good reception, it also made enough money at the box office.
As you all probably know, Bob Odenkirk will reprise his role as Jimmy “Slippin’ Jimmy” McGill/Saul Goodman one last time in the highly anticipated final season of “Better Call Saul.” David Leitch’s next film is “Bullet Train” with Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joey King (one of my favorite actresses) Brian Tyree Henry, Hiroyuki Sanada, Karen Fukuhara & Sandra Bullock. Speaking of Mr. Leitch, Keanu Reeves will reprise his role as John Wick in a fourth film slated for a 2023 release. To prepare for the aforementioned subjects, I wanna share my thoughts on Nobody.
This review contains no SPOILERS. Feel free to read my non-spoiler article.
Strong & Weak Aspects
Strong: Bob Odenkirk did an awesome job for his performance. He co-produced the film alongside David Leitch & Tobey Maguire.
Other Cast Members such as Connie Nielsen, RZA, Michael Ironside (Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell) & Christopher Lloyd all did a good job for their respective performances.
Ilya Naishuller did a decent job directing. If you haven’t seen Hardcore Henry, go check it out.
Derek Kolstand wrote the script. He also wrote the John Wick films.
Action Sequences are filled with guns, explosives, hand-to-hand combat and fatalities. Like Keanu Reeves’ action scenes as John Wick, Bob did his own stunts. The final battle is worth a payoff.
Cinematography felt normal keeping the camera balanced.
Practical Effects were heavily used to craft intense fight scenes. I didn’t spot any C.G.I. shots. Gotta love old school effects.
Unlike John Wick, Hutch is a family man who never lost his loved ones or pet. He left his career as an assassin to start a proper life. His backstory remains a mystery. Short answer is in fact, not a carbon copy of Baba Yaga. Heck, even Nobody’s poster mimicks Keanu surrounded by guns.
Bob mentioned the story is based on a real life home invasion he endured. This motivated him to let his inner Keanu out doing all his stunts without a body double. Charlize Theron also followed the same approach in “Atomic Blonde.”
At one point, Hutch mentions he was on a mission equipped with a Walther PPK. James Bond’s signature weapon. Coincidentally, “No Time To Die” came out in 2021.
A fight in a warehouse pays homage to “Home Alone” & “Shoot ‘Em Up.” Unlike the former, booby traps are deadly.
If you have a keen eye, Hutch owns a poster of the Orson Welles film “Touch Of Evil.”
A mid-credits scene is shown hinting the possibility of a sequel.
Weak: A Plot Hole involving no nearby neighbors hearing gunfire at Hutch’s place. If this were real life, witnesses would call the po-po immediately.
Is it me or is it time to put Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” out of commission? It’s been used way too many times. If I were directing Nobody, I would’ve picked the second half of Mac Miller’s “Self Care.”
The Final Verdict: B, FOR BREATHTAKING!
Nobody is a decent John Wick-esque movie showcasing Bob Odenkirk playing against type as an action star. If you’re psyched to see Better Call Saul’s final season or gearing up for “John Wick: Chapter 4” & Bullet Train, I highly recommend Nobody.
A sequel is currently in the works. There’s a possibility of a potential with Mr. Odenkirk & Mr. Reeves in a crossover film. If the rumors are true, it should become a reality to expand the John Wick franchise focusing on other assassins.