You’d think an action comedy/drama featuring Sam Jackson and Ryan Reynolds would be a slam dunk, then you’ll catch the trailer for Patrick Hughes‘ The Hitman’s Bodyguard and come to realize that maybe that’s not always so.
I was hoping that at any moment it word turn into a more erudite version of Waltet Hill’s 48 Hrs.
It doesn’t, though that could be because the trailer isn’t very effective. It consists of Reynolds and Jackson playing characters we’ve seen them do before, though typically better.
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Tim Story is a prolific multihyphenate producer-director, who in the 12 years between 2002 to 2014, produced one feature and directed 10.
In 2011 he began a partnership with Kevin Hart, directing the standup specials Laugh At My Pain, followed by Let Me Explain (with Leslie Small) in 2013.
Between those two films he directed Think Like A Man, with an ensemble cast that included Hart. It cost $12 million to produce, and earned just over $96 million dollars, which is virtually a license to print money.
In 2014 Story directed Ride Along, with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. I didn’t like it, partially because its plot was a rehash of Walter Hill’s Another 48 Hrs. (which was itself little more than a money grab, hoping to ride the coattails of the original 48 Hrs) though mainly because it wasn’t particularly funny.
Though I must be the only person who felt that way, because Ride Along earned over $153 million on a $25 million dollar budget, which was done almost entirely in the United States (only $19 million came from the foreign box office), which is the reverse of the way these sort of things work lately (movies like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Pacific Rim were stronger overseas than domestically).