Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, RZA, Aleksei Serebryakov, Christopher Lloyd, Gage Munroe
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…if you’re in the mood for an utterly engaging character study, with a beautifully realised performance from Odenkirk and truly spectacular kicky-punchy action then, well, Nobody’s perfect.
Bob Odenkirk is many things. An actor with superb comic timing, the deliverer of a stellar performance in the excellent Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul, and a dependable character actor to support various leading men and ladies. But would you ever consider: Bob Odenkirk action star?
Probably not, right? Well, director Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry) reckoned different, and it turns out the mad Russian bloke was absolutely right!
Nobody tells the tale of Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk), an unassuming nobody, who lives a life of quiet desperation. Hutch’s marriage to Becca (Connie Nielsen) has lost its spark, his son Blake (Gage Munroe) doesn’t respect him anymore, and his job is a tedious pain in the arse. And then, one night, someone breaks into Hutch’s house and kicks off a chain reaction of jaw-dropping violence the likes of which you haven’t seen since the last John Wick flick or Gangs of London.
You’ll notice we’re being a little coy with the specifics of what happens, and that’s no accident. Nobody is one of those films that should absolutely be seen knowing as little as possible. But understand what you get with this film is outrageous, perfectly choreographed action scenes, amazing work from a versatile actor who you probably already love, plot twists aplenty and Christopher Lloyd’s most joyfully engaged performance in years.
There are few things more delightful in this world than watching an actor play very much against type and doing a spectacular job, and Odenkirk completely inhabits his increasingly unlikely character with delicious aplomb. The supporting cast are also excellent, with Aleksei Serebryakov in particular, impressing as Russian gangster Yulian, and the soundtrack is just as zippy and kinetic as the fight scenes.
Coming in at a lean 92 minutes, Nobody doesn’t seek to numb your bum, but rather, give you an hour and a half of pure action flick catharsis. It’s not deep per se, but if you’re in the mood for an utterly engaging character study, with a beautifully realised performance from Odenkirk and truly spectacular kicky-punchy action then, well, Nobody’s perfect.