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Nobody Movie Review: Violent, Predictable Fun

Do you like your movies just a little predictable with a whole lot of violence? If you do, then Nobody just might be the movie for you.

Hutch (Bob Odenkirk) leads a boring, humdrum life. He gets up, he goes to work, he returns home to his wife (Connie Nielsen) and two kids (Gage Munroe and Paisley Cadorath). No one expects excitement from Hutch, and when he lets two home invaders escape without fighting back, he can sense the disappointment from his family.

A violent encounter with a group of men on a public bus puts Hutch in the crosshairs of Russian mobster Yulian (Alexey Serebryakov). Hutch calls upon some long-dormant talents to protect himself and his family from Yulian’s attempts at revenge.

(from left) Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk), Becca Mansell (Connie Nielsen) and Brady Mansell (Gage Munroe) in Nobody, directed by Ilya Naishuller.

If you sense some John Wick vibes could be happening, that makes sense. Both Nobody and John Wick share Derek Kolstad as screenwriter. Combine Kolstad’s story with direction from Ilya Naishuller, who cut his teeth directing Russian rock music videos, and you get a densely packed action thriller that does not mind going a little gratuitous in the violence.

Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk, seated with back to camera), Albert (Neil Davison, fourth from the left), Yulian Kuznetsov (Alexey Serebryakov, seventh from the left) with members of the Russian mafia in Nobody, directed by Ilya Naishuller.

Bob Odenkirk, who plays roles that are frequently action-adjacent, proves that he can more than hold his own when providing the action himself. The campy, lounge-style performance of Alexey Serebryakov creates the perfect foil to Odenkirk’s traditional family man—albeit a family man with a deadly secret.

In a time when movies seem to cross the two hours mark more often than not, Nobody clocking in at just 92 minutes feels refreshing. Naishuller knows you are coming for the action sequences, and he delivers those in spades. Not only that, they are solidly good action sequences sprinkled with sufficient comedy to balance out the gore. Nobody gives you just enough story to invest you in the characters, without offering any extra fluff.

It does not break new ground, and the plot cannot be described as anything other than predictable. It is pure boring-guy wish fulfillment, and yet none of that matters. Maybe if they had tried to bloat the film to get a longer runtime the story would have worn thin. Instead, you get an hour and a half of pure fun with Nobody.

You can catch Nobody in theaters on March 26, 2021.

About Nobody

Rating: R (Language Throughout|Brief Drug Use|Bloody Images|Strong Violence)
Runtime: 1h 32m

Sometimes the man you don’t notice is the most dangerous of all.

Emmy winner Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, The Post, Nebraska) stars as Hutch Mansell, an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life’s indignities on the chin and never pushing back. A nobody.

When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. His teenage son, Blake (Gage Munroe, The Shack), is disappointed in him and his wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen, Wonder Woman), seems to pull only further away.

The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch’s long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills. In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must save his family from a dangerous adversary (famed Russian actor Aleksey Serebryakov, Amazon’s McMafia)—and ensure that he will never be underestimated as a nobody again.

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